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VICTORIA ERICKSON, SOPRANO

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During the 2022-23 season, Erickson looks forward to singing the role of Alex in Meow and Forever in the Minneapolis Music in the Parks Series at the Lake Harriet Bandshell and performing as the Soprano Soloist with St. Clement's Episcopal Church Choir during their residency at St. Albans Cathedral in the United Kingdom in August 2023, alongside other summer engagements with the Aria Institute, Opera on Tap, Bach Society MN, and Journey North Opera Company. She lives in the Twin Cities metro area, where she offers private voice lessons and writes a blog about vocal injury, resiliency, and artistry at The Shifting Soprano.

 

BIOGRAPHY

Praised for her "beautifully ruby-throated quality" (Classical Voice North Carolina), Minnesota native Victoria Erickson is establishing herself as a unique and innovative soprano. In service to her interest in creating new and engaging works, Erickson received a Respekt und Wertschätzung Grant from the DAAD-Stiftung (German Academic Exchange) to perform, teach, and research as a Visiting Fellow with Professor Elmar Lampson at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg, Germany from October 2023 to March 2024. Additionally, she performed and consulted as an Artist In Residence with Really Spicy Opera and Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich as a co-founder of Opera Athena.  In April 2024, she premiered the title role in The Miller's Daughter, a radical expansion of Schubert's Die schöne Müllerin with music by award-winning composer Jodi Goble in conjunction with the Iowa Arts Council. Erickson and Goble will present and premiere The Miller's Daughter at the National Opera Association National Conference in January 2025.

 

Previously, Ms. Erickson sang the role of Alex in the new opera Meow and Forever with Opera Arlington and toured Madagascar as a featured soprano with Minnesota-based company Really Spicy Opera, where she performed concerts and participated in outreach around the island. Erickson spent the summer and fall of 2021 as an Emerging Artist with Seagle Festival, where she sang the role of Harmony Twichell in the world premiere of Harmony with music by Robert Carl and libretto by Russell Banks. In 2020, Erickson made her international debut with Really Spicy Opera, performing the title role of Émilie in André-Modeste Grétry's 1781 comic opera Émilie ou la belle esclave in Paris.

 

In 2019, Erickson received the Encouragement Award at the North Dakota-Manitoba District of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and covered Nedda in Greensboro Opera's production of Leoncavallo's Pagliacci. She also made her Greensboro Opera mainstage debut as Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors in December 2019.

 

Also in the 2018-19 season, Erickson performed the role of Blanche in Dialogues des Carmélites with Saltworks Opera, the Resident Opera Company of the Eastern Shore of Virginia, and portrayed Alice Ford in Verdi's Falstaff, where Voix des Arts praised her for her "pointed wit, and sparkling tone wielded with comedic potency" (UNCG Opera Theatre). 

 

Previous engagements include Liù in Turandot (North Carolina Summer Opera), Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, and Granny in a children's touring opera production of Little Red Riding Hood (UNCG Opera Theatre). Erickson received an Encouragement Award at the Charlotte Opera Guild Competition (Opera Carolina) in 2017 and 2018 and was a finalist for the Student Artist Competition at the UNCG School of Music.

 

Additionally, Erickson received a merit-based scholarship to attend Berlin Opera Academy and was awarded a Colburn Fellowship with SongFest in Los Angeles, California. Other opera credits include Maggie in The Clever Artifice of Harriet and Margaret (Really Spicy Opera) and The Baron in an all-female production of Cendrillon (Garden of Song Opera).

 

A versatile performer, Erickson has also appeared in musical theatre roles such as Rapunzel in Into the Woods (Phipps Center for the Arts, College Light Opera Company) and Hedy LaRue in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (College Light Opera Company), in addition to performing in a touring revue of Irving Berlin songs with Seagle Festival in Fall 2021.

During the 2022-23 season, Erickson premiered the role of Alex in Meow and Forever in the Minneapolis Music in the Parks Series at the Lake Harriet Bandshell and performed as the Soprano Soloist with St. Clement's Episcopal Church Choir during their residency at St. Albans Cathedral in the United Kingdom in August 2023, alongside other summer engagements with the Aria Institute, Opera on Tap, Bach Society MN, and Journey North Opera Company. Spring and summer 2024 concerts include engagements with the U.S. Embassy in Berlin, the Hochschule für Musik und Theaters in both Hamburg and Munich, and Out of the Box Opera in Minneapolis, MN. As the founder of Opera Athena, Victoria lives in Minneapolis, MN, and in addition to singing, she writes a blog about moving to Germany, vocal injury, resiliency, and artistry at The Shifting Soprano.

 

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Schedule

 

February 7, 2024

U.S. Embassy

Berlin, Germany

12:30 p.m.

March 1, 2024

International Showcase of New Opera

Hochschule für Musik und Theater- Hamburg

Jazz Hall | 7:30 p.m. 

March 5-15, 2024

Artist In Residence

International Festival of New Opera

Munich, Germany

April 14, 2024

Opera on Tap: Minneapolis

Metronome Brewery | 4 p.m.

April 25, 2024

The Miller's Daughter

The Miller's Daughter

Iowa State University | Ames, IA

7:30 pm | Open to the public

June 26, 27, 28, 2024 at 7pm

June 29, 2024 at 2 pm

Suor Angelica

Out of the Box Opera

Basilica of St. Mary's | Minneapolis, MN

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January 5-8,2025

The Miller's Daughter

The Miller's Daughter

National Opera Association Conference | Savannah, GA

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CONTACT

Ms. Erickson is available for a variety of bookings, including:
Opera, Musical Theatre, Oratorio, Cabaret, Recital/Concert, Wedding/Memorial Services, and Private Events.

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