Grammy nominated Metropolitan Opera star, Victoria Livengood's multifaceted, powerhouse performances in over 75 operatic roles have been critically acclaimed as "reminiscent of the great Maria Callas" and she has been hailed as "one of the leading singer-actresses of her generation."
The Thomasville, North Carolina native skyrocketed onto the opera scene as a national winner of the Metropolitan Opera auditions and went on to make her critically acclaimed Met debut in 1991 in Luisa Miller under James Levine's baton. Since then she has become known for her dynamic portrayals in well over 100 Metropolitan Opera performances, including the title role in Carmen, Herodias in Salome, Giulietta in Les contes d'Hoffmann, Myrtle Wilson in The Great Gatsby, Maddalena in Rigoletto, Prince Orlovsky in Die Fledermaus, Sonyetka in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Larina in Eugene Onegin and Hélène in the company's premiere of War and Peace.
Best known as Carmen in over 250 performances worldwide, it was a career highlight to perform her signature role opposite tenor, Placido Domingo, at the Metropolitan Opera. She also had the honor of serenading Luciano Pavarotti, in a gala honoring the famous tenor. Other noteworthy credits throughout Europe, South America and Canada include La Fille du Regiment and Cavalleria Rusticana with the Liceu in Barcelona, the world premiere of La Señorita Cristina in Madrid, Elektra in Las Palmas, Oedipus Rex at the Salzburg Festival, Lohengrin, The Consul, War and Peace and The Medium at Italy's Spoleto Festival, La Clemenza di Tito in Nice, The Medium and Cavalleria Rusticana with L'Opera de Monte Carlo, The Rake's Progress in Buenos Aires and Vancouver, Die Fledermaus and La Fille du Regiment in Santiago, Chile, Il Trovatore and Elektra in Taipei, Taiwan and Carmen and Rigoletto in Cologne.
Yet it is in the US, that Victoria has spent the bulk of her career that spans nearly 30 years singing Elektra and A Streetcar Named Desire with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Jenufa and Falstaff in San Francisco, Boris Godunov, Les contes d'Hoffmann, La Fille du Regiment andLe Nozze di Figaro in Washington DC, Arabella in Santa Fe, Werther in Seattle, Samson and Dalila in Baltimore and Raleigh, Il Trovatore in Portland, Fort Worth, Chautauqua and Anchorage, Alaska, Hamlet and The Medium in Miami, Carmen and Samson and Dalila for Cleveland, Dialogues of the Carmelites in Fort Worth and Hawaii, Carmen in West Palm Beach, Vanessa and The Ballad of Baby Doe for Central City, Carmen and Eugene Onegin for Opera Carolina and Lampito in both the world premiere of Lysistrata with Houston Grand Opera followed by her debut with the New York City Opera. Other New York City Opera performances include Bernstein's A Quiet Place.
Victoria has performed at Carnegie Hall on five separate occasions including as mezzo soloist in Verdi's Requiem and most recently opposite Renee Fleming in A Streetcar Named Desire. She has been a featured soloist with the London Symphony, the National Philharmonic, and the American Symphony orchestra as well as with orchestras in Taipei, Taiwan, Cologne, Atlanta, Minnesota, Baltimore, San Diego, North Carolina and Jacksonville. Ms. Livengood has presented "gold-medal caliber" recitals at the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian Institute, New York's Alice Tully and Avery Fisher halls as well as in Paris, Venice, Verona, Milan, Kiev, Odessa, St. Petersburg, Moscow and Jamaica. She gave the world premiere of the Academy Award-winning song "When You Believe" for Steven Spielberg's The Prince of Egypt and has performed the "National Anthem" for the New York Mets' game.
Upcoming performances for this busy Tar Heel, include Salome with the Utah Opera, Noah's Flood with the New Orleans Opera, The Passenger with the Houston Grand Opera and the Lincoln Center Music Festival, The Mikado with the Hawaii Opera Theater and Arabella with the Metropolitan Opera.
This Dixie Diva has been named Alumni of the year by both of her alma maters, UNC-Chapel Hill as well as the Boston Conservatory of Music. She holds an honorary doctorate from Jacksonville University and is an inductee into the North Carolina Musicians Hall of Fame. She was recently featured at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC as one of "The Best of Our State!" Victoria's extensive discography including her Grammy nominated performance with the London Symphony can be viewed on her official web site at www.victorialivengood.com.
Victoria is also in demand for her dynamic Master Classes at Universities across the globe and provides private vocal instruction and consulting in NYC and in her home studio in NC when her busy performance schedule allows.
Victoria is married to her high school sweetheart and is a stepmother to his three sons. Their family makes their home in Mint Hill, NC, just outside of Charlotte.
Opera Carolina Performances:
Art to Poetry to Music (2013–2014)
Eugene Onegin (2011–2012)