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Opera On Tap: Detroit

JANUARY 27, 2024   


Victoria joins Opera On Tap for the opening of the Detroit Chapter. Founded 19 years ago by Artistic Director Annie Hiatt, Opera on Tap aims to expose new audiences to opera and classical music by taking opera and classical music out of the concert hall and performing it in alternative venues. The Inaugural event will be held at Sid-Golds piano bar in the heart of Downtown Detroit.

The Cunning Little Vixen

MAY 11, 2024            -

MAY 19, 2024

Human and animal worlds collide in Janáček’s enchanting, cinematic modern fable about a clever vixen who tries to outwit her captors. Music Director Roberto Kalb conducts, and Artistic Director Yuval Sharon directs his production from The Cleveland Orchestra, which uses playful projections to transform singers into forest creatures, with hand-crafted animations that evoke the fable’s comic- strip origins. Victoria makes her role and house debut at Detroit Opera as the Rooster.

Fellow Travelers

JUNE 21, 2024            -

JUNE 23, 2024





The West Coast premiere of the opera adaptation of Thomas Mallon’s novel Fellow Travelers, a tender love story and political thriller set in the corridors of power during the McCarthy era. Adapted by composer Gregory Spears and librettist Greg Pierce, this opera shares the message that love will always flourish under persecution. Victoria makes her role and house debut at Opera Parallele in the leading role of Mary Johnson



JULY 22, 2023     


The stellar cast includes soprano Serena Sáenz as norina, tenor Xabier Aduaga as Ernesto, tenor Alexey Lavrov as Dr. Malatesta, and baritone Lucas Meachem as Don Pasquale. Noah Lindquist leads Festival Orchestra Napa in this enduring tale of love and deception. Jean-Romain Vesperini directs. Victoria covers the role of Norina.

Don Pasquale

Center Stage

JUNE 20, 2023     

This electric event shines a spotlight on Opera Theatre’s Richard Gaddes Festival Artist and Gerdine Young Artist Programs as these rising opera stars perform iconic melodies from opera’s greatest hits and cherished rarities. Center Stage is curated by Patricia Racette, Artistic Director of Young Artist Programs, and James Robinson, Artistic Director of Opera Theatre of St. Louis. 

JUNE 10,  2023          -

JUNE 24, 2023

The young and innocent Susannah lives with her brother in a small town in the American Appalachia. One fateful day, men from her church happen to spot her bathing in a stream and begin to spread vicious rumors about her. As gossip circulates, the community turns their back on Susannah, forcing her to choose between conformity and isolation. Victoria joins Maestra Gemma New and Director Patricia Racette covering the role of Mrs. Hayes.


Così fan tutte

JUNE 4, 2023             -

JUNE 24, 2023

Love makes fools of us all. Guglielmo and Ferrando insist that their girlfriends Fiordiligi and Dorabella could never fall for other men.  When Don Alfonso and  Despina team up to prove the young couples wrong, things are primed for an epic battle of the sexes. Set to some of Mozart’s most beautiful music, Così fan tutte embraces the line between romantic comedy and social satire. Victoria covers the role of Despina.


MAY 20, 2023            -

JUNE 24, 2023

Sometimes out of the deepest tragedy springs the greatest hope. Embark on a life-affirming journey of love and creativity in Scott Joplin’s opera Treemonisha, re-imagined with a new prologue and epilogue by composer Damien Sneed and librettist Karen Chilton. Victoria joins Maestro George Manahan and Director Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj, covering the title role

APRILL 11, 2023       -

APRIL 23,  2023

Longtime Heartbeat artist Emma Jaster takes the reins to direct her bold vision of Ethan Heard and Jacob Ashworth’s original adaptation, featuring a tight ensemble cast of six singers and six players. Daniel Schlosberg’s arrangement explodes the haunting world of Verdi’s score with electronics, live processing, and a complete sonic reimagining of the witches’ voices. Victoria made a jump-in, in a supporting role, flying into New York City on opening night. 

Lady M


 FEBRUARY 25, 2023   

Victoria makes house and role debuts with Tulsa Opera in the role of High Priestess in  Verdi's Aida. Lawal joins Michelle Bradley, Limmie Pullam, Morris Robinson, and Michelle DeYoung, Led by Maestro Francesco Millioto. Presented at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. 

  JULY 15,  2022         -

AUGUST 26, 2022



Bizet’s Carmen takes the Glimmerglass Festival's Alice Busch Theatre stage for 10 performances in a new production directed by 2022 Artist in Residence Denyce Graves. Victoria covers the role of Micaëla,  excerpts of which can be heard in performances of The Passion of Mary Cardwell Dawson.



 APRIL 29, 2022

MAY 1, 2022



Victoria debut's the role of Musetta in Puccini’s La Bohème at Opera Birmingham. Candace Evans Directs this co-production with Annapolis Opera, presented at the Dorothy Jemison Day Theater. Cris Frisco conducts. 

La Bohème

AUGUST 15, 2022

AUGUST 16, 2022

Victoria reprises the role of Isabelle/Micaëla in an extended revision of The Passion of Mary Cardwell Dawson. The play by Sandra Seaton with music contributed by Carlos Simon celebrates the founder of the historic and groundbreaking National Negro Opera Company and premiered in 2021 at the Glimmerglass Festival.  Denyce Graves returns in the title role. 

The Passion of Mary Cardwell Dawson

JULY 29, 2022                -

AUGUST 20, 2022





In a continued collaboration with Maestra Lidyia Yankovskaya, Victoria covers the roles of Queer Kid and

Azraele in this contemporary Double Bill. Directed by Chloe Treat, Kamala Sankaram and Jerre Dye's 2018 opera Taking up Serpents is paired with the world premiere of Holy Ground by Damien Geter and Lila Palmer, commissioned by The Glimmerglass Festival.

Taking up Serpents & Holy Ground

 FEBRUARY 10, 2022      -

FEBRUARY  27, 2022



Victoria debuts the role of Marzelline (Marcy) in this touring production of Beethoven's Fidelio. This production tours Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY), The Scottsdale Performing Arts Center (Scottsdale, AZ) The Mondavi Centre (Davis, CA), The Broad (Santa Monica, CA), 


NOVEMBER 7, 2021

Commissioned by the Glimmerglass Festival, this World Premiere Film features stage direction Alison Moritz and music direction Lidiya Yankovskaya.  Ryan Mckinny, Director of Photography, brings this story from stage to screen.


A group of military wives, whose husbands are fighting in Fallujah, gather together because of rumors about a possible incident on the war front. 

The Knock

OCTOBER 7, 2022         


Victoria debuts in recital as a  Prima Voce Emerging Artist with pianist Mark Robson as part of their 2021 concert series. This recital features works by Ottorino Respighi, Emmanuel Chabrier, Samuel Barber, Juliana Hall, and a new commission by Theodosia Roussos with original text by Victoria Lawal.

Emerging Artist Recital

AUGUST 5, 2021

AUGUST 13, 2021


The Passion of Mary Cardwell Dawson is a new play with music, celebrating the founder of the historic and groundbreaking National Negro Opera Company and starring acclaimed mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves in the title role. The work includes selections from the repertory of the National Negro Opera Company, as well as original music by Carlos Simon to a text by playwright Sandra Seaton.

The Passion of Mary Cardwell Dawson

JULY 15, 2021

AUGUST 17, 2021



Victoria debuts the role of Erste Dame in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, a whimsical tale with an original libretto from Emanuel Schikaneder, is directed by NJ Agwuna and conducted by Music Director Joseph Colaneri with costume design by Christelle Matou. 


  JULY 16,  2021       -

AUGUST 8, 2021


Featured as Ermengarde (Hello, Dolly!) and Sarah (Ragtime), Victoria joins  Isabel Leonard, William Burden, Alexandria Shiner, and  Michael Mayes in this journey around the globe through popular musical theater hits. Eric Sean Fogel directs and James Lowe conducts.

To The World

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