Victoria Livengood Mezzo-Soprano
About Victoria LivengoodMezzo-soprano Victoria Livengood’s 2015-16 season includes returns to The Atlanta Opera as Ruth (The Pirates of Penzance) and Hawaii Opera Theatre as Azucena (Il trovatore). She also joins the Coastal Symphony of Georgia for Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. Last season, she returned to LA Opera in three roles in Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles, Houston Grand Opera as Emilia in Otello, and Florida Grand Opera as the Mother in The Consul. Next season she returns to Seattle Opera as Kabanicha in Ká?a Kabanová.
Her recent performances in character mezzo roles including the Marquise (La fille du régiment), Klytämnestra (Elektra) and Eunice (A Streetcar Named Desire) have brought her great acclaim. Previously in more lyric repertoire, she found tremendous success in the title role of Carmen with the Metropolitan Opera and companies throughout the world. She debuted at the Metropolitan Opera under the baton of James Levine as Laura in Luisa Miller and has subsequently sung over 120 performances with the company, including most recently last season as the Fortune Teller in Arabella. In addition to her work at the Metropolitan, she has sung leading roles at the other premier American companies including Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, LA Opera, Washington National Opera, Seattle Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and New York City Opera. In total worldwide she has graced the stage in over 80 operatic roles.
Ms. Livengood has also appeared at symphony orchestras, in recital, and conducted masterclasses around the globe. Her extensive discography includes the GrammyÒ-nominated Desire Under the Elms.
Ms. Livengood, affectionately known as the “Dixie Diva,” is a proud North Carolinian and member of the North Carolina Musicians Hall of Fame. A native of Thomasville, she earned her B.A. at UNC Chapel Hill and her M.A. from the Boston Conservatory of Music; both have honored her with Distinguished Alumni awards. She also holds an honorary doctorate degree from Jacksonville University, where she served as an Artist in Residence. Dr. Livengood maintains a teaching studio in Charlotte and has appeared with Opera Company of North Carolina, Opera Carolina and Greensboro Opera. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Scott Hester, and the couple resides in Mint Hill.