Nigerian-American Soprano Victoria Lawal looks forward to debuting the role of Marzelline in Heartbeat Opera's critically acclaimed touring production of Beethoven's Fidelio. Further engagements include a solo recital at Boston Court Pasadena, and the premiere of The Knock presented by The Glimmerglass Festival.
Nigerian-American Soprano Victoria Lawal looks forward to appearing as an Emerging Artist with Boston Court Pasadena in a recital alongside Pianist Mark Robson. This Fall, The Glimmerglass Festival presents The Knock, a World Premiere by Aleksandra Vrebalov and Deborah Brevoort, as a part of Common Ground. This three-year initiative will unveil six new pieces that tell stories of life in America. The opera tells a moving story centered on a group of military wives awaiting news of their deployed husbands. Lawal stars in this timely film, led by Director Allison Moritz and Director of Photography Ryan McKinny.Victoria looks forward to debuting the role of Marzelline in Heartbeat Opera's critically acclaimed production of Fidelio with performances in New York, California, and Arizona. Further projects are yet to be announced. Victoria's 2020-2021 Season found fruitful collaborations in both Art and Advocacy. Lawal joined the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity for their Opera in the 21st Century Residency, co-directed by Karen Slack and Ian Cusson.
Lawal then joined the renowned Glimmerglass Festival as a Young Artist, debuting the role of Erste Dame in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and originating the role of Isabelle in The Passion of Mary Cardwell Dawson, a play by Sandra Seaton featuring music by Carlos Simon and excerpts from Bizet's Carmen. Highlights from the 2019-2020 season include a debut with the Angeles Chorale performing Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem. Further engagements included a role debut as Helena in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream, and originating the role of Opal in the World Premiere of The Body Female, commissioned by LA Opera. Recent engagements affected by the Covid-19 pandemic included Beethoven's Mass in C, Mozart's Requiem, and originating the principal role of Sabine in Adoration by Mary Kouyoumdijan and Royce Vavrek with Beth Morrison Projects. Additionally, Lawal serves as Secretary of the Board of the Perfect Day Music Foundation and as an Associate of the Racial Equity Board for the Aspen Music Festival and School.
In the 2018/2019 season, Victoria debuted the roles of Contessa Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro and both the Shepherdess and the Owl in Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges with Thornton Opera. The following Summer, Lawal was the proud recipient of the Questrom Fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival and School and was featured in the much anticipated Renée Fleming masterclass. While at the Aspen Opera Center, Victoria covered the role of Mrs. Johannes “Ma” Zegner in Missy Mazzoli’s Proving Up and performed in Le Nozze di Figaro, under Maestra Jane Glover. With the Aspen Conducting Academy Orchestra, Lawal performed the role of Alice in Act 1 of Falstaff, closely mentored by Maestro Robert Spano. Additional scenes credits at Aspen include Marguerite (Faust), Adina (L’Elisir d’amore), and Anne Truelove (The Rake’s Progress).
As a budding young singer, Lawal was named a Fine Arts Scholar by the Congressional Black Caucus, was selected as the sole 2018 soprano Young Artist at the Ad Astra Music Festival and received a Fellowship to attend Songfest at Colburn. Victoria holds a Bachelors in Music from Boston University and a Masters of Music from the University of Southern California, earned under the tutelage of Ms. Elizabeth Hynes.
Victoria currently resides in Los Angeles and Montreal, Quebec and studies with soprano Corinne Winters.