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Highlights of Victoria Lawal's 2021-22 season include house and role debuts as Marzelline  in Heartbeat Opera's critically acclaimed touring production of Fidelio,  Musetta in La Bohème with Opera Birmingham and a recital debut alongside pianist Mark Robson.

 

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Victoria Lawal in "The Body Female" (Photo by LA Opera)

 

Victoria Lawal in "The Body Female" (Photo by LA Opera)

Nigerian-American Soprano Victoria Lawal looks forward to house and role debuts as Musetta in La Bohème with Opera Birmingham, following a National Tour as Marzelline in Heartbeat Opera’s “Urgent, powerful, and poignant” (The New York Times) production  of FIDELIO

In a return to The Glimmerglass Festival, Victoria will reprise the role of Isabelle in The Passion of Mary Cardwell Dawson, by Sandra Seaton and Carlos Simon. Alongside Denyce Graves in the titular role, Victoria (as Isabelle) is featured as Micaëla (Carmen). Previous engagements with The Glimmerglass Festival include Erste Dame in The Magic Flute, as well as starring in The Knock, a World Premiere Film by Deborah Brevoort and Aleksandra Vrebalov. 

 

In concert, Victoria debuted with the Angeles Chorale in Ralph Vaughan WilliamsDona Nobis Pacem and was to return, debuting the Mozart Requiem (C-19). Additionally, Victoria appeared in recital at the Pasadena Conservatory alongside pianist Mark Robson, in a versatile program of Art Songs by Julianna Hall, Respighi, Chabrier, Barber and Theodosia Roussos.

In contemporary repertoire, Victoria originated the role of Opal in the World Premiere of The Body Female, commissioned by LA Opera. With Beth Morrison Projects, Victoria was to create the role of Sabine in Adoration, by Mary Kouyoumdijan and Royce Vavrek (C-19).  Additionally, Lawal was to join Helsinki's Sibelius Academy, as Svitlana in Ulljas Pulkkis' All the truths we cannot see, depicting the 1986 Chernobyl Crisis (C-19). 

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Victoria Lawal  for Long Beach Opera (Photo by Collin Keller)

At the Aspen Music Festival and School, Lawal was a proud recipient of a  Questrom Fellowship and  was featured in the much anticipated Renée Fleming masterclass. In addition to covering the role of Mrs. Johannes “Ma” Zegner in Missy Mazzoli’s Proving Up, Victoria appeared  with the Aspen Conducting Academy Orchestra,  performing the role of Alice in Act 1 of Falstaff, closely mentored by Maestro Robert Spano.

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

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