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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.

Vickie in Menotti's "The Consul" at The Manoukian Performing Arts Center July 29 and 30

Victoria Livengood will be performing the role of The Mother in "The Consul" by Menotti at the Manoukian Performing Arts Center in Pasadena, CA for two performances on July 29th at 7:30pm and July 30 at 3:00pm. If you are in the Los Angeles area, get your tickets here!

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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 - That Star in the Picture

That Star in the Picture

Composer James Adler calls this recording a celebration - a celebration of his love for composing musical theater and art songs. Performed by a stellar group of singers from both the musical theater and classical art song world, the songs underscore Adler's affinity for putting the spoken word to music. Known as a renowned pianist as well as a composer, Adler has performed across the U.S. as well as internationally. Sung by cabaret singer Shana Farr, Broadway stars Michael Buchanan, Kennedy Kanagawa, and Perry Sook, Metropolitan Opera star Victoria Livengood, and classically trained Elizaveta Ulakhovich, this stellar group brings these songs to life.

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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."