Grammy Award Winner and Metropolitan Opera Star, Victoria Livengood, has been hailed as “one of the leading singer-actresses of her generation.”
Victoria skyrocketed onto the opera scene as a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions, going on to make her critically acclaimed Met debut in Verdi’s “Louisa Miller” in 1991. The North Carolina native has become known for her dynamic portrayals in more than 125 Met performances, including the title role of “Carmen” opposite Placido Domingo and has been featured on many Metropolitan Opera broadcasts.
2017 saw her perform her 100th role in the operatic repertoire, emphasizing her prolific versatility throughout a career that spans over 3 decades. Internationally, she has sung with opera companies throughout Europe, South America, Canada and Asia, including Barcelona, Madrid, Salzburg, Buenos Aires, Taipei, Las Palmas, Monte Carlo, Nice, Santiago, Cologne, Vancouver, Montreal and at Italy’s Spoleto Festival, where she closely collaborated with her mentor and friend, composer, Gian Carlo Menotti.
Nevertheless, it is in America that this Dixie Diva has primarily based her career, having sung leading roles with the companies of Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Santa Fe, Washington DC, Seattle, Houston, Boston, Miami, St. Louis, San Diego, Kansas City, Baltimore, Portland, Utah, Atlanta, Fort Worth, Hawaii and with the New York City Opera!
Victoria has performed at Carnegie Hall on ten separate occasions including as soloist in Verdi’s “Requiem” and in “A Streetcar Named Desire,” opposite Renee Fleming! She has been a featured soloist with the London Symphony, the National Philharmonic, and the American Symphony and at the Cincinnati May Festival with Maestro James Conlon.
Upcoming engagements revolve around the role of “The Old Lady” in Candide which she will perform in Salt Lake City, Utah, Seoul, Korea and Tel Aviv, Israel. She will also revisit one of her favorite roles in the Russian repertoire, Filipyevna in Eugene Onegin for Washington National Opera and for Opera Carolina.
Dr. Livengood has been named Alumni of the year by both alma maters, UNC-Chapel Hill and the Boston Conservatory at Berklee and holds two honorary doctorates from both the Boston Conservatory at Berklee and Jacksonville University. She is also an inductee into the North Carolina Musicians Hall of Fame, alongside such greats as Andy Griffith and James Taylor. She also recently served as a judge for the Miss North Carolina Scholarship pageant in Raleigh.
“Miss Vickie” is in demand for her highly acclaimed Master Classes across the globe, has a private voice studio in Concord, North Carolina and in New York City and has served on the voice faculty at the Buck Hill-Skytop Music Festival, the National University in Bogota, Colombia, at the Amalfi Coast Music Festival in Italy and this summer at the Angels Vocal Art Opera Intensive at California State in Los Angelas.
Victoria considers Opera Carolina to be one of her “Home” companies and has performed on numerous occasions with the company, including the title role of Carmen in two productions and this will be the 2nd time she has performed the role of Filipyevna for Opera Carolina.
Her extensive discography including her Grammy winning performance with the LA Opera can be viewed on her official web site at www.victorialivengood.com.