Virginia Hatfield DAISY BALL
Soprano Virginia Hatfield is known in Canada and abroad for her ‘beguiling’ performances (The Globe and Mail), ‘gobs of charisma’ (The Toronto Star), and ‘golden soprano’ (The Guardian). She has sung across Canada and has made debuts in the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Serbia, and Mexico.
Virginia was thrilled to join Queen of Puddings Music Theatre last fall, singing the role of Zora in Ana Sokolovic’s operaSvadba on a concert tour of Europe.
Other recent opera roles for this versatile artist include Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro) with Saskatoon Opera, Zerlina (Don Giovanni) Marzelline (Fidelio), and Celestial Voice (Don Carlos), all with the Canadian Opera Company, as well as debuts with Pacific Opera Victoria – Italian Singer (Capriccio), Opera Hamilton – Musetta (La Bohème), and Toronto’s Opera in Concert, singing the title role of Elena in Rossini’s La Donna del Lago.
This year Virginia has sung Angelica in Handel’s Orlando with Opera in Concert, followed by Leïla in The Pearl Fisherswith Opera Hamilton. She performed Poulenc’s Gloria in London, Ontario, and returned to Walter Hall for The Aldeburgh Connection’s Britten Festival of Song. Further highlights include performances of Broadway classics for the Westben Arts Festival in July, and a staged production of Sokolovic’s Svadba in Philadelphia in the fall. She will return to Pacific Opera Victoria next year, to sing Najade in Ariadne auf Naxos, with Maestro Timothy Vernon.
Virginia began the 2012 season singing Vivaldi with the Mississauga Choral Society, followed by Haydn’s Creation for the Vancouver Bach Choir under conductor Les Dala, and Bach’s Mass in B Minor for the Guelph Chamber Choir. She then made her debut with Toronto Masque Theatre, singing Amor in Monteverdi’s Il Ballo delle Ingrate, followed by Second Woman/First Witch in a semi-staged version of Dido and Aeneas. Virginia was delighted to return to the Bayfield Festival of Song in June 2012 for an English recital with The Aldeburgh Connection. In July she returned to the Westben Arts Festival for an all-Mozart concert, and made a guest appearance with baritone Gerald Finley at his recital the same weekend.
Further performances this season included a recital for the Canadian Art Song Project at The Music Gallery, with mezzo-soprano Lauren Segal and pianist Gregory Oh; concerts for the Barrie Colours of Music Festival with pianists Robert Kortgaard and Peter Tiefenbach; and Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with the Aradia Ensemble and countertenor Scott Belluz.
During the 2010-2011 seasons, Virginia made concert debuts with the symphony orchestras of Kingston (Bach -Christmas Oratorio), Nova Scotia (Messiah), and Thunder Bay (Messiah); the Aradia Ensemble (Bach’s Ich habe genug) and Montreal’s Ensemble Caprice (Handel arias). She joined Soundstreams Canada for concerts in Guanajuato, Mexico, and Toronto, performing premieres of Canadian and Mexican works with renowned percussion ensemble Tambuco. She has also performed with the Pax Christi Chorale, Chorus Niagara, the King Edward Choir, the Kingston Chamber Choir, and the Cellar Singers. She has performed several times with the Windsor Symphony, most recently singing Bach’sChristmas Oratorio under conductor Kevin Mallon.
As a member of the prestigious Canadian Opera Company Ensemble, Virginia made her professional debut singingFrasquita in Carmen with late Maestro Richard Bradshaw, under whose baton she also sang Pamina in The Magic Flute,Fifth Maid in Elektra, and Laura in Luisa Miller. Also at the COC, Virginia sang Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring with conductor David Angus, and created the role of Leah in the Ensemble Studio’s production of James Rolfe’s opera Swoon. She was featured in the DVD Opera Under the Stars, performing with the COC Orchestra for the National Capital Commission in Ottawa.
Originally from Campbellford, Ontario, Virginia is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music, where she studied with Lorna MacDonald and Mary Morrison. She received the Distinguished Graduate Award from the University of Toronto Opera School, and completed further studies at the Britten-Pears School in Aldeburgh, United Kingdom, receiving scholarships from the Canadian Aldeburgh Foundation.
Virginia is featured on tenor John McDermott’s newest album, ‘Traditional Christmas’, available on iTunes.