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Menotti's The Medium: A Virtual Performance

Ambush Magazine Review for Victoria's Role as Madame Flora in "The Medium" presented by New Orleans Opera

Metropolitan Opera veteran mezzo-soprano Victoria Livengood is ideally cast as Madame Flora. With her carrot-orange hair and sensationally expressive face, Livengood, an outstanding singing actress, does not shy away from bringing out the ugly, abusive side of this battleaxe who finds relief in the bottle. One may not entirely sympathize with Livengood's Flora, but she makes clear she's a survivor who's fiercely searching for the truth. I'd love to see Livengood as Mrs. Begbick in Kurt Weill's The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny.

Opera News Online Raves For Victoria's Performance in Mozarts Nozze di Figaro

"OPERA OMAHA finished its mainstage season with a marvelous production of Mozart's Nozze di Figaro. This production is easily Opera Omaha's best production of the year. The ensemble's comedic timing was superb; one didn't want it to stop. The cast was filled with strong actors. Victoria Livengood's caricature of Marcellina was incredibly entertaining. After her first scene the audience relaxed and responded to the rest of the opera as if they were in their living rooms watching a movie, reacting to every little twist. To have that much control over the audience requires a true mastery of drama and comedic timing. Clearly, Livengood raised the bar for the rest of the cast, who stood their ground against this true tour de force." - Opera News Online, May 2023

San Francisco Opera House

Victoria Livengood in front of the San Francisco Opera House during her 2022 run in "Eugene Onegin".
Victoria Livengood in front of the San Francisco Opera House during her 2022 run in "Eugene Onegin".

Latest Recording Release

LA Opera - Ghosts of Versailles

Now available, Vickie's newest recording release.The production of the Ghost of Versailles that she did with the LA Opera last season has just been released and it is the premiere audio recording of this opera.

Available now on iTunes

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."

Latest Rave Reviews

Where the production excelled vocally was in its veterans. Victoria Livengood, the American mezzo, was fabulous as the old nurse.
-- The Washington Post
"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

GRAMMY Award Winner!

Victoria Livengood won her first GRAMMY award on Sunday, February 12, 2017. She sang three roles for the LA Opera's "The Ghosts of Versailles," which won the GRAMMY for Best Opera Recording of 2016. Victoria had been previously nominated as the leading lady in Edward Thomas' "Desire Under the Elms," which was nominated in the same category, but this marks her first GRAMMY win.

"Corigliano: The Ghosts Of Versailles," winner of the 2016 GRAMMY Award for "Best Opera Recording" (James Conlon, conductor; Joshua Guerrero, Christopher Maltman, Lucas Meachem, Patricia Racette, Lucy Schaufer & Guanqun Yu; Blanton Alspaugh, producer (LA Opera Orchestra; LA Opera Chorus), Label: Pentatone Music).

Latest Press

Listening to Legends - Victoria Livengood - North Carolina Music Hall of Fame
North Carolina Music Hall of Fame
Light Shall Lift Us: Opera Singers Unite in Song
OPERA America
"I Am Easily Assimilated" Victoria Livengood on the old lady's tango from Bernstein's Candide [Video]
Utah Symphony
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

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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.

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."