About Libby O’Donovan

Libby O’Dononvan is a “powerful and sassy performer” (SMH), renowned for her nuanced interpretations and extraordinary voice. She is a critically acclaimed Jazz and Cabaret performer and an award-winning Musical Director.

Libby has entertained audiences world-over with her unique talents, performing in New York, Tokyo and Toronto as well as Australia-wide. Equally at home in small ensemble acts as well as solo performances, she has been a proud member of ARIA nominated Coco’s Lunch, Flat on Your Bacharach, and Women With Standards, for which she won a Green Room Award for Musical Direction.

Highly regarded as a solo artist, Libby has performed seasons for the Adelaide Festival of Arts, Edinburgh Fringe, Sydney Spring Festival, Perth International Arts Festival, the International Jazz Educators Convention, Adelaide Cabaret Festival (including working with Broadway composers Jason Robert-Brown and Andrew Lippa), Melbourne Fringe, Adelaide Fringe, Feast Festival, and the Wangaratta Jazz Festival.

Her theatre credits include Matthew Robinson’s Metro Street, Doppio Parallelo’s DJ Squat, Contaminations Lab and The Last Child, Vitalstatistix’s Way Dead Cool and Patch Theatre Company’s Sharon Keep Ya Hair On! Libby’s recent body of work in Cabaret includes The Story of Meredith Crocksley, Some of My Best Friends Are Single and Gady La La: Songs for the Sophisticated Fag Hag.

She was a featured soloist for the Australian Premiere of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass, with American tenor Jubilant Sykes, for the 2012 Adelaide Festival of Arts. As a recording artist she has featured on numerous Jazz and Cabaret albums, as well as her critically acclaimed debut album of original songs entitled The Complication.

Libby is also highly in demand as a composer, arranger and musical director. Most recently, she wrote and recorded the theme song for both the Adelaide Feast Festival and Women Say Something, Mardi Gras 2013 with Australian singer Beccy Cole.

Press Quotes

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“Powerful, sassy performer”

Sydney Morning Herald

“But it was almost an unfair contest when Adelaide backing vocalist Libby O’Donovan duetted on Night Time is the Right Time and showed what a real soul voice sounds like.”

The Advertiser

“Adelaide’s own Libby O’Donovan (Percival’s backing singer), taking centre-stage to duet with ‘Night Time Is The Right Time’, blowing the audience away with the strength of her voice.”

Aussie Theatre.com

“Songs Only a Mother Could Love is full of songs everybody could love, and is one of those rare cabaret performances that makes one leave the venue not only entertained, but thoroughly contented. It is definitely a highlight of this year’s Cabaret Fringe.”

Glam Adelaide

“Her voice is sultry and versatile, moving from fast-paced songs to lilting lullabies with ease, and her skill with reinvention and arrangement is clear with her unique renditions of hits and her original songs.”

Aussietheatre.com

“Libby O’Donovan, impressive as always, is engaging, cheeky and unquestionably one of the hardest working singers in Australia. Her richness of vocal range and emotion-filled song interpretations are captivating and instantly engaging.”

Rip It Up

“Libby O’Donovan is a fabulous little MC, hilarious, funny and unflappable”

 Adelaide Theatre Guide

“This was highlighted when she introduced her guest of the evening, Libby O’Donovan, a truly sensational professional cabaret artist, with vast experience in performing in that genre, having also been a highly respected jazz performer before making the switch.

When O’Donovan appeared she was instantly recognised and drew great applause then, not being restricted by being tied to a piano, and having the advantage of a powerful, trained voice, the entire dynamic changed as she threw herself into her songs with all of the enthusiasm that we have come to expect from her. The energy level of the evening suddenly soared.”

Broadwayworld.com

“A stand out performance was given by Libby O’Donovan, who displayed great vocal aptitude. Her versatility extended from subtle, sensitive tendencies to the exuberant qualities of a big-voiced diva. Her comedic style and ability to work the audience was also exceptional.”

Kryztoff Raw

“O’Donovan not only can sing but has brilliant comic timing and can pull some of the funniest facial expressions ever”

Adelaide Theatre Guide

“Libby O’Donovan is, without doubt, one of Adelaide’s top cabaret performers. In fact, her secret seems to be that she doesn’t so much perform as just be herself – bubbly, funny, humble, with a crisp clear voice that can affix an audience with its softness and stun with its big, belting vocals.”

Glam Adelaide

“Libby O’Donovan is, without doubt, one of Adelaide’s top cabaret performers. In fact, her secret seems to be that she doesn’t so much perform as just be herself – bubbly, funny, humble, with a crisp clear voice that can affix an audience with its softness and stun with its big, belting vocals.”

Aussie Theatre