Livengood gives "bravura performance" as Kabanicha in Seattle Opera's "Katya Kaba
"Victoria Livengood was a thoroughly chilling Kabanicha, a master of psychological manipulation who used her dusky low notes to embody the cold-as-dry-ice matriarch."
Read full review. "North Carolina Mezzo-soprano Victoria Livengood gave a bravura performance as Katya’s mother-in-law, the authoritarian Kabinicha, a role that for many opera-goers is one of the great villainesses of opera. Yet, Livengood’s Kabinicha proved a realistic portrait of a family matriarch, the most senior woman in a household, whose longevity has empowered her as the guardian of the family’s morals, finances and reputation. One can imagine Kabinicha as a young wife, following the often harsh instructions of the matriarch of that time, in a cycle that goes back for countless generations.I have seen Livengood in character roles of operas by composers as diverse as Verdi, Previn and Corigliano, but Kabinicha is a meaty role that provides Livengood the opportunity to demonstrate her expansive range of vocal and dramatic skills." -OperaWarhorses.com
"As Katya’s cruel mother-in-law, Kabanicha, Victoria Livengood evokes the specter of Joan Crawford at her Mommie Dearest worst, from her hair to her posture to her ice-cold cruelty. The freezing menace in Livengood’s voice gave me the chills." -Queen Anne News Read full review.