"The Pearl Fishers’ priestess, Léïla, as depicted by soprano Virginia Hatfield is a woman of formidable strength and dignity. In Bizet’s plugged-in, highly charged work, the goal is to sing with an absolutely clear sense of emotional purpose, honestly, directly, with great engagement. Hatfield hits the mark with seeming effortlessness. Léïla’s enchanting cavatina in which her love for Nadir overflows in a wave of heartfelt expression, 'Comme autrefois dans la nuit sombre' becomes a moment of intense beauty in Hatfield’s meticulously focused rendition."
Soprano Virginia Hatfield is becoming known across Canada for her 'beguiling' performances (The Globe and Mail) and 'gobs of charisma' (Toronto Star).
Recent opera roles for this versatile artist include Zerlina (Don Giovanni) and Marzelline (Fidelio), both 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.
Highlights of the 2010/2011 season include premieres of Canadian and Mexican works with Soundstreams Canada and renowned Mexican percussion ensembleTambuco for the Festival Internacional Cervantino in Guanajuato, Mexico and at Koerner Hall in Toronto; performances of Messiah with the symphony orchestras of Thunder Bay and Windsor; Bach’s Ich habe genug with Kevin Mallon and the Aradia Ensemble at Glenn Gould Studio, and her debut with Saskatoon Opera as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro.
As a member of the prestigious Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio from 2005-07, Virginia performed the roles of Pamina (The Magic Flute), Miss Wordsworth (Albert Herring), Frasquita (Carmen), Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), the Fifth Maid (Elektra), and Laura (Luisa Miller). With the COC Ensemble, Virginia created the role of Leah in James Rolfe’s Swoon.
Virginia debuted with Montreal’s Ensemble Caprice in 2011 (Matthias Maute, conductor), singing arias from Handel’s Alcina. Further concert performances for this expressive artist include Bach’s Mass in B Minor with Guelph Chamber Choir, Christmas Oratorio with both Windsor and Kingston Symphony and Haydn’s Creation with Vancouver Bach Choir.
In her hometown of Campbellford, Virginia joins Westben Concerts this July for “Mozart in Vienna”.
Virginia's performances in in 2012/13 include Angelica in Handel’s Orlando with Opera in Concert, and Leila in The Pearl Fishers with Opera Hamilton.
Le Nozze di Figaro | Saskatoon Opera
La Bohème | Opera Hamilton
Capriccio | Pacific Opera Victoria
Don Giovanni | Canadian Opera Company
Fidelio | Canadian Opera Company
Oratorio & Concert
Bach | Kingston Symphony
Handel | Thunder Bay Symphony
Haydn | Vancouver Bach Choir
Mozart | I Kingston Chamber Choir
as Musetta in La Bohème with Opera Hamilton (top)
as Zerlina in Don Giovanni with Canadian Opera Company (bottom)