Hailed as “bright and effervescent” (Seen and Heard International), Nigerian-American Soprano Victoria Lawal opens the 2021-2022 season in recital with pianist Mark Robson. On Film, Victoria stars in The Knock, a World Premiere, commissioned by The Glimmerglass Festival. Following company and role debuts as Marzelline in Heartbeat Opera's national touring production of Fidelio, for which Lawal was noted as “confident and charismatic” (Bachtrack), Victoria enjoys a house and role debut as Musetta with Opera Birmingham. Following a house debut as Erste Dame, Victoria returns to Glimmerglass to reprise her role in the 2022 expansion of The Passion of Mary Cardwell Dawson, which features both excerpts from Carmen, and original music by Carlos Simon. In tandem, Lawal covers Micaëla in what marks Denyce Graves' directorial debut.

Engagements impacted by the global pandemic include Beethoven's Mass in C, Mozart's Requiem, and two World Premieres. With Beth Morrison Projects, Victoria was engaged to workshop the role of Sabine in Adoration and was to join Helsinki's Sibelius Academy, creating the role of Svitlana in All the truths we cannot see, depicting the 1986 Chernobyl Crisis.

Highlights of the 2019-2020 season included debut with the Angeles Chorale singing Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem, 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.

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Victoria has received training from The Glimmerglass Festival, The Banff Centre, SongFest, Boston University and the University of Southern California.

 

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