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victoria livengood


GRAMMY-winning and Internationally renowned Metropolitan Opera star Victoria Livengood has been hailed as “one of the leading singer-actresses of her generation.” Since her acclaimed Met debut with James Levine in 1991, the Thomasville, North Carolina native skyrocketed onto the opera scene and has become known for her dynamic portrayals in more than 120 Met performances, including the title role of Carmen opposite Placido Domingo. She has sung over 100 different roles 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 composer, Gian Carlo Menotti. 


Nevertheless, it is in America that this Dixie Diva has primarily based her 35 year 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, Baltimore, Portland, Utah, Fort Worth, Atlanta, Anchorage, 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! Dr. Livengood has been named Alumni of the year by both alma maters, UNC-Chapel Hill and the Boston Conservatory of Music and holds an honorary doctorate from Jacksonville University. She is also an inductee into the North Carolina Musicians Hall of Fame and is in demand for her highly acclaimed Master Classes across the globe. The 2018-2019 season saw her as the Old Lady in Candide with the Seoul Philharmonic, Filippyevna in Eugene Onegin with Washington National Opera, Eunice in A Streetcar Named Desire with Teatro Colon, and the cover of Larina & Fylipneva in Eugene Onegin with the Seiji Ozawa Music Academy. The 2019-2020 season and beyond includes Fylipneva in Eugene Onegin with Palm Beach Opera, Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music with The Glimmerglass Festival, and a return to Opera Omaha.

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"Where the production excelled vocally was in its veterans. Victoria Livengood, the American mezzo, was fabulous as the old nurse" -The Washington Post

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"Victoria Livengood as Old Lady, a put-upon woman of the world who nudges Cunegonde and Candide through their foibles with risible wisdom. Both actors serve as oracle characters, offering a candid and realistic view of the nature of the world with perfectly performed c...


"Audrey Babcock was on the same level as Magda’s nemesis, the Secretary–the consul gatekeeper whose mindless subservience to rules, forms and appointments keeps the desperate emigrants waiting forever for their visas. With crystal-clear diction and an ample mezzo voice...


"There are similarly remarkable performances from Audrey Babcock as the complicit, dutiful, sensitive consular Secretary. . . Victoria Livengood, whose flexible mezzo-soprano managed a remarkably deep register for the distraught Mother"

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"Opera Omaha assembled a stellar cast — 10 people of uniform excellence. In addition to Tamagna, a couple of others made a big impression: . . . Victoria Livengood, who was the best comedian of the bunch." -Omaha World-Herald

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