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Dialogues of the Carmelites

Haydn: Piercing Eyes
14 English Canzonettas
with William Lewis (Albany Records)

“Livengood has a rich, dark mezzo. Her diction is a great asset; the words are so clear you seldom have to glance at the texts. She sings with deep feeling and concentration.” American Record Guide

“It is the honey-rich tones of Mezzo-Soprano Victoria Livengood that spark the most interest in this unusual song collection. Frequently compared to Rise Stevens; with a fuller voice than Cecilia Bartoli and clearer tones than Denyce Graves, Livengood is certainly poised on the edge of superstardom in the world of Opera. Livengood uses the depth and clarity of her voice to full effect in “Piercing Eyes”, where with simple piano accompaniment by William Lewis, she exquisitely interprets Hunter and Haydn canzonettas. A fine actress as well as a singer, Livengood evokes the intense longing necessary for “A Pastoral Song” and “O Tuneful Voice”, and the barely contained sensuality of “Pleasing Pain”. She conveys both sorrow (“Despair”) and joy (“The Mermaid's Song”) with outstanding facility. Victoria Livengood certainly breathes life and emotion into each and every song.” Applause! Magazine

Memento Mori: An AIDS Requiem

Memento Mori: An AIDS Requiem
by James Adler (Albany Records)

“Victoria Livengood brings clarity and warmth to several movements.”
Opera News

“Vocal solo performances are strong throughout. Particularly noteworthy are the contributions of Victoria Livengood, whose opulent mezzo soprano voice brings warmth, musical sensitivity, and impeccable diction to three of the work's nine movements.” Choral Journal

“Livengood sang in the centre of the opening “Requiem Aeternam” and her music was aptly dark in expression, even lugubrious. She then followed with an attractive flowing “Pie Jesu.” Her lower range is notably rich in the ensuing “Lamb of God” movement.” Gramophone Magazine

Desire Under The Elms

Desire Under The Elms
Edward Thomas (Naxos Records)

“Victoria Livengood offers an emotionally rich portrayal of the self-serving Abbie.”
Classics Today

"The cast is certainly starry... Victoria Livengood is well cast as Abbie as she sounds both attractive and matronly. She also sounds desperate almost throughout, and this desperation is the bond she shares with Eben." Gramophone

“Victoria Livengood gave a vivid performance as Abbie in this four star rated recording." BBC Music Magazine

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