Rising soprano Victoria Cannizzo was recently described as “a delight, full of charm and great vocal skill” in her portrayal of Alice Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff. As Leonora in Verdi’s Il trovatore, she was praised for her “dark and meaty” voice and “stunning, shimmering pianissimo.”
The 2017 season brought the title role debut in Puccini’s Tosca at the Teatro Verdi in Casciana Terme, Italy with the Accademia Giuseppe Verdi as well as the debut of Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra.
In 2016, Ms. Cannizzo made her orchestra concert debuts of Richard Strauss’ Vier letzte Lieder and the Soprano Soloist in Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. She was then featured as Bel Canto Young Artist at Caramoor where she covered Leonore in Beethoven’s Fidelio. Other recent roles include Violetta in La traviata, Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor, the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro, Micäela in Carmen, Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly, and the soprano soloist in Verdi’s Requiem and Mendelssohn’s Elijah. This season brings an oratorio debut of the Soprano Soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Cannizzo was recently chosen as one of twelve finalists to receive a grant in the Fritz & Lavinia Jensen Foundation’s 2017 Vocal Competition. She has also received awards from the Liederkranz Foundation, the Accademia Musicale Chigiana, the Raina Kabaivanska Fund, the America for Bulgaria Foundation, the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera, the Metropolitan International Vocal Competition, and the New Jersey State Opera Competition. She holds a Master’s degree in Music from Binghamton University and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago.