Victoria Livengood

Biography

Born: Thomasville, NC  
It is not often that an opera singer shares an award platform with the NBA's Michael Jordan. For "Dixie Diva" Victoria Livengood, the occasion was the 1996 Distinguished Alumni Awards ceremony of the University at North Carolina.

She was raised on a farm near Thomasville, North Carolina. At the age of ten, she started singing in a gospel quartet with her parents and her younger brother. She has continued to serve Christ with her music,
Read more and has been a church Minister of Music and a missionary and Baptist Church musician in the Ukraine and Paris.

After graduating with honors from UNC in 1983 she entered the Boston Conservatory of Music on a Gottlieb and Pappas Scholarship. She graduated from these advanced studies in 1985 with a Masters of Music degree in Opera. She continued studies and coaching with Armen Boyajian.

She made her professional debut at the Ash Lawn Opera Festival in Charlottesville, Virginia as Cherubino in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro.

In 1985, she won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 1985. She went on to win prizes in the Luciano Pavarotti International Vocal Competition, the Rosa Ponselle International Competition, the National Institute of Music Theatre Competition and the D'Angelo Competition. She won grants from the Leiderkranz, Sullivan, and Puccini Foundations. Her awards included two summer apprenticeships at Wolf Trap, near Vienna, Virginia during which she sang several leading roles in 1985 and 1986.

Her Metropolitan Opera debut was in 1991 as Laura in Verdi's Luisa Miller, James Levine conducting. Her performance was critically acclaimed. She was quickly scheduled to sing more performances. During the following decade, she sang over eighty-five performances at the Met. Roles she has sung at America's great opera house include Prince Orlovsky in Die Fledermaus, Queen Isabella in The Voyage, Preziosilla in La Forze del Destino, Waltraute in Die Walküre, Maddalena in Rigoletto, Myrtle Wilson in The Great Gatsby, Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana, and Sonyetka in Lady Macbeth of Mtsenk District.

She has also appeared in opera houses all over America and the rest of the world. In the U.S., she has appeared in the opera companies of Kansas City, Honolulu, Miami, St. Louis, Cleveland, Seattle, and Baltimore. There she has sung roles such as Dalila and Carmen, which has become her signature role.

Her European debut was also in 1991, in Mozart's Idomeneo with L'Opéra de Nice, followed shortly by La Clemenza di Tito. She has also sung at Cologne, Montréal, Calgary, Santiago de Chile, the Spoleto Festival, the Teatro Colón (in Menotti's The Counsel under the composer's direction) and in the Salzburg Festival.

Her most famous role, however, is Bizet's Carmen. German critics have called her "the ideal Carmen for our time ... picture-perfect ... electrifying, soaring, sizzling, seductive, and sensational." She has sung the part in over a dozen and a half houses.

She also frequently performs on the concert stage. Besides more conventional mezzo parts, there she sings such works as Child Alice by Del Tredici, Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky, and Philip Glass' The Civil Wars. For DreamWorks Pictures, she sang When You Believe on the score to the animated film The Prince of Egypt.

She is a frequent recitalist, and often devotes her talents to concerts for such causes as the Leukemia Society, the Epilepsy Foundation, several homeless shelters and hospital guilds, and the Foundation for Children with AIDS. Married to attorney Scott Hester, her high school sweetheart, she makes her home in Jacksonville, Florida with him and his three children, and is active in her Baptist church there. Read less

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Born: Thomasville, NC  
It is not often that an opera singer shares an award platform with the NBA's Michael Jordan. For "Dixie Diva" Victoria Livengood, the occasion was the 1996 Distinguished Alumni Awards ceremony of the University at North Carolina.

She was raised on a farm near Thomasville, North Carolina. At the age of ten, she started singing in a gospel quartet with her parents and her younger brother. She has continued to serve Christ with her music,
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WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
No. 1. How Sweet the Answer (Soprano)
No. 2. I Saw (Mezzo-soprano)
No. 3. What Would I Give (Soprano)
No. 4. Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May (Soprano)
No. 5. At the Moated Granger (Soprano)
No. 6. Love's Philosophy (Baritone)
No. 7. Green Grow the Rushes (Baritone)
No. 8. Art (Mezzo-soprano)
No. 9. The Revelation (Soprano)
No. 10. Echo (Baritone)
No. 11. The Old Stoic (Mezzo-soprano)
No. 12. Beneath the Cypress Shade (Soprano)
Overture
Scene 1: The radiance of the sky in spring ... (Prince Andrey)
Scene 1: I won't, I can't sleep (Natasha)
Scene 1: O God, my God! What a shame to sleep! (Natasha)
Scene 2
Scene 2: Chorus! Let the chorus begin! (Host)
Scene 2: Look, the colonel's dancing the mazurka (Peronskaya, Akhrosimova, Helene, Anatoly, Count Rostov)
Scene 2: Will no one choose me as a partner? (Natasha)
Scene 2: When I was at Otradnoye in May (Prince Andrey)
Scene 3: The young Prince's fiancee (Old Footman)
Scene 3: Ah, Madam, young lady ... (Prince Nikolay Bolkonsky)
Scene 4: The charming, delightful Natasha (Helene)
Scene 4: She's wonderful and so beautiful (Natasha)
Scene 5: At 10 o'clock in the evening, she'll be waiting (Anatoly)
Scene 5: Balaga! (Dolokhov)
Scene 6: Oh, my dear Miss Natasha, all is lost, it seems (Dunyasha)
Scene 6: A fine young lady you are! (Akhrosimova)
Scene 6: I've sought to avoid her (Pierre)
Scene 7: Picture the scene, Countess (Metivier)
Epigraph: The forces of 2 and 10 European nations (Chorus)
Scene 8: Come on lads! That's the way! (Volunteers, Tikhon)
Scene 8: Denisov, her first fiancee (Prince Andrey)
Scene 8: It's the master, look at him! (Fyodor)
Scene 8: Hurrah! Hurrah! (Chorus of Soldiers)
Scene 8: There is no people greater than ours (Kutuzov)
Scene 9: The wine is uncorked; we must drink it (Napoleon)
Scene 10: And so, gentlemen, the question is ... (Benigsen)
Scene 10: The enemy bears down on us with fire and steel (Soldier)
Scene 10: When, oh when was this dreadful business decided? (Kutuzov)
Scene 11: Moscow's deserted! (Ramballe)
Scene 11: I must do the deed, or die (Pierre)
Scene 11: Where did you get such a good going-over, lads? (Jacqueau)
Scene 11: Davout, the cruel Davout, the emperor Napoleon's hatchet man! (Pierre)
Scene 11: Nothing matters now, nothing (Pierre)
Scene 11: What a dreadful scene! (Napoleon)
Scene 12: It's stretching higher and further (Prince Andrey)
Scene 12: Has fate really brought us together so strangely today ... (Prince Andrey)
Scene 13: We've burnt our bridges ... (Ramballe)
Scene 13: Hey! Hey! Hey! (Voice Off-Stage)
Scene 13: Dolokhov said that Helene had passed away (Pierre)
Scene 13: The Commander-in-chief is coming! (Adjutant)
Scene 13: The enemy has been put to rout (Kutuzov)
Act I Scene 1: Tu reviendras et voudras m'enfermer dans tes bras (Voice on record, John, Magda, Mother)
Act I Scene 1: Quick, John! The Police! (Mother, Magda, Police Agent)
Act I Scene 1: Don't move yet (Magda, Mother, John)
Act I Scene 1: Now, O lips, say goodbye (Magda, Mother, John)
Act I Scene 2: Interlude
Act I Scene 2: Next. Yes ... What can I do for you? (Secretary, Mr Kofner)
Act I Scene 2: Next. Next! (Secretary, Magda, Foreign Woman, Mr Kofner)
Act I Scene 2: Next. Hello. Oh! It's you! (Secretary, Magda)
Act I Scene 2: I beg your pardon, Madam (Magician, Vera Boronel, Magda, Foreign Woman, Mr Kofner)
Act II Scene 1: Tu reviendras et voudras m'enfermer dans tes bras (Voice on record, Mother, Magda)
Act II Scene 1: I shall find for you shells and stars (Mother)
Act II Scene 1: John, John, why did you bring me ... (Magda, John, Mother)
Act II Scene 1: It is the signal! (Magda, Mother, Police Agent, Assan)
Act II Scene 1: Mother, why are you so still, Mother! (Magda, Mother)
Act II Scene 1: Interlude


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