"She sang with a clear, bell-like tone all night long, beguiling Nadir and audience alike in her ‘Dans le ciel sans voile’"
Leonard Turnevicius, Opera Canada
Soprano Virginia Hatfield is becoming known for her radiant voice across a wide variety of repertoire. A native of Campbellford, Ontario, critics have raved about Virginia’s “clear, bell-like tone” (Opera Canada) and “warmth and radiance combined with commanding coloratura” (Halifax Herald).
Recent opera roles for this captivating artist include Zerlina (Don Giovanni) and Marzelline (Fidelio), both with the Canadian Opera Company, as well as Italian Singer with Pacific Opera Victoria (Capriccio) and Leila (The Pearl Fishers) with Opera Hamilton. Virginia starred as Angelica in Handel’s Orlando with Voicebox:Opera in Concert, and sang Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro with Saskatoon Opera and Amor in Monteverdi’s Il Ballo delle Ingrate with Toronto Masque Theatre.
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), the Fifth Maid (Elektra), and Laura (Luisa Miller).
This accomplished soprano has performed with Canadian Art Song Project and premiered several new Canadian works with Soundstreams Canada in Guanajuato, Mexico and at Koerner Hall, Toronto.
Virginia performed with Montreal’s Ensemble Caprice, singing arias from Handel’s Alcina. Further concert appearances include Bach’s Mass in B Minor with Guelph Chamber Choir, Christmas Oratorio with Kingston Symphony and Haydn’s Creation with Vancouver Bach Choir as well as performances of Messiah with Toronto’s Aradia Ensemble, Thunder Bay Symphony and Windsor Symphony Orchestra.
Virginia was thrilled to join Queen of Puddings Music Theatre in 2012 singing the role of Zora in Svadba/Wedding on their European tour and reprised the role the following season with Opera Philadelphia. Virginia returned to Pacific Opera Victoria to sing Naïade in their production of Ariadne auf Naxos, and joined mezzo soprano Marion Newman for a floral-themed concert with Ottawa’s Thirteen Strings.
Virginia stars in Talisker Players’ opening concert of the 2014/15 season, “Songs of Travel”, performing rarely-heard works by 18th Century composer Elizabeth Jacquet de la Guerre and Louis Applebaum, followed by Messiah with Elmer Iseler Singers. In 2015, Virginia is a guest soloist in Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with Thirteen Strings, and stars in the title role of the North American premiere of Hubert Parry’s oratorio Judith, with Pax Christi Chorale at Koerner Hall.
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 Naïade in Ariadne aug Naxos with Pacific Opera Victoria (top)
as Zerlina in Don Giovanni with Canadian Opera Company (bottom)