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Victoria Livengood
Julia Child in Bon Appetit (Buck Hill Skytop Music Festival)
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Eunice in A Streetcar Named Desire (LA Opera)
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The Fortune Teller in Arabella (The Metropolitan Opera)
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The Marquise in La Fille du Regiment (The Liceu in Barcelona)
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Azucena in Il Trovatore (Portland Opera)
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Herodias in Salome (The Utah Opera)
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Marcellina in The Marriage of Figaro (Washington National Opera)
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Adelaide in Arabella (Santa Fe Opera)
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Sarelda in The Inspector (Boston Lyric Opera)
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Katisha in the Mikado (Hawaii Opera Theater)
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The Old Lady in The Passenger (Houston Grand Opera)
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The Old Prioress in Dialogues of the Carmelites (Fort Worth Opera)
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Madame Flora in The Medium (L'Opera de Monte Carlo)

From Opera News

Victoria Livengood in The Medium at the Phoenicia International Festival of The Voice:

"From her Mama Rose-style entrance up the aisle, Victoria Livengood imbued Mme. Flora with her wonted theatrical energy. Her barrelhouse contralto suits the role’s scary moments; but, admirably, she brought legato-based soft tone to quieter passages, furnishing welcome contrast. Livengood is a seasoned Menotti interpreter who worked with the composer on this opera and The Consul and has also appeared in Maria Golovin. Her phrasing of the disintegrating fraud's final soliloquy proved expertly judged. She made every syllable of the text crystal clear, like an old-style Broadway professional."

Ghosts of Versailles

LA Opera - Ghosts of Versailles
Victoria backstage at the LA Opera preparing for her role as The Lady with the Hat/Duchess in "Ghosts of Versailles".
2015-16 Season Includes North Carolina Opera, The Atlanta Opera, Hawaii Opera Theater, Utah Opera and Coastal Symphony of Georgia Debut
Victoria's 2015-16 season includes return engagements to North Carolina Opera, The Atlanta Opera, Utah Opera and Hawaii Opera Theater, as well as a debut with the Coastal Symphony of Georgia. She adds the new G&S role of Ruth to her repertoire and revisits a favorite role as Azucena in Il Trovatore for Hawaii.

Meet The Dixie Diva

Welcome to the official website for Victoria Livengood, a Grammy-nominated Metropolitan Opera star who is better known by her family and friends as the Dixie Diva. The internationally renowned mezzo-soprano's artistry has been hailed by audiences and critics worldwide for her multifaceted and powerhouse performances in a remarkably varied repertoire.

Latest Rave Reviews

"The cast was – in a word – spectacular. It's funny how, sometimes, artists who play comprimario parts can come to dominate the proceedings. This was often the case in Act I, wherein the singing and acting of the great Victoria Livengood, the Nurse, consistently drew attention (in invariably favorable ways, and never ostentatiously). Vocally she was resplendent, reminding senior listeners of her many great leading roles. Dramatically, she was "on" at every moment, whether singing or not, engaging actively with eye-contact and facial expression."
-- CVNC, Arts Journal of NC
"I was very pleasantly surprised with two other singers who were just as extraordinary in their roles. Victoria Livengood almost stole the show from her younger colleagues. Our dear "Dixie Diva" veteran, a North Carolina native with 80 roles in her repertory, who sang 120 performances at the Met and is still going (most recently seen there as the Fortuner Teller in Arabella), was simply excellent as Filippyevna, a role that is a lot more important in this opera than it seems. Victoria's voice has no wobble, and remains strong with great projection and diction (her Russian was arguably the best one on stage)."
-- Opera Lively
Mezzo Victoria Livengood - the only cast member who had previously sung her role - imbued Salome's manipulative mother, Herodias, with equal portions of imperiousness and sleaze.
-- Opera News Magazine
The cast is flawless. The other female prisoners are given fleshed-out distinctive roles. Standouts include Victoria Livengood as Old Woman.
-- The New York Times

Latest Press

NC Opera's Eugene Onegin [Video]
My Carolina Today
Victoria Livengood: From the farm to the Met
The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC)
Thomasville's Livengood to make her Greensboro Opera debut
High Point Enterprise
Dixie Diva Dishes! Mezzo Victoria Livngood Shares Her iPod with BWW
BWW Classical
The Reinvention of the Dixie Diva: Victoria Livengood Thrives In Act II of Her Career
Everyday Opera
A day of dazzle, razzle and awe: Baptist Children's Homes' 'Hope in Style' a magnificent event (Adobe .pdf)
High Point Enterprise

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International Accolades

Victoria's unforgettable performances have enchanted critics to label her "the ideal Carmen of our time" and "one of the leading singer-actresses of her generation."

The New York Times called her "naturally seductive and vocally alluring."

Opera News magazine raved that "her singing and acting radiate intensity."

The Italian press proclaimed that "the power of her voice could straighten the Tower of Pisa!"

Boston's Phoenix Magazine described her "riveting and commanding Dalila as a cross between Theda Bara and Joan Crawford and her incomparable phrasing and warmth as reminiscent of Maria Callas's recordings."

Carmen Dalila Marina Azucena Marquise Giulietta The Medium
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