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