"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). Virginia was thrilled to join Queen of Puddings Music Theatre in 2012, singing the role of Zora in Ana Sokolovic’s opera Svadba/Wedding on their European tour.
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) and Opera Hamilton – Leila (The Pearl Fishers). Further performances include Toronto’s Opera in Concert, starring as Angelica in Handel’s Orlando, 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).
A gifted recitalist, Virginia appeared frequently with the acclaimed Aldeburgh Connection in Toronto, singing in their farewell concert in 2013. This accomplished soprano joined mezzo soprano Lauren Segal in concert with Canadian Art Song Project and premiered several new Canadian works with Soundstreams Canada in Guanajuato, Mexico and at Koerner Hall, Toronto.
Virginia debuted with Montreal’s Ensemble Caprice in 2011 singing arias from Handel’s Alcina. Further concert performances 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. In 2013, Virginia debuted with London’s Karen Schuessler Singers in Poulenc’s Gloria.
Highlights for Virginia in 2013/14 include Zora in SVADBA/Wedding with Opera Philadelphia and Naïade in Pacific Opera Victoria's Ariadne auf Naxos.
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)