VIRGINIA HATFIELD

Soprano

BIOGRAPHY

Soprano Virginia Hatfield is 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).

 

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.

 

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), 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 is featured on the upcoming Ukrainian Art Song Project recording.

 

A highly-sought after soloist with many of Canada’s leading ensembles, Virginia has appeared with Guelph Chamber Choir in Bach’s Mass in B Minor, Christmas Oratorio with Kingston Symphony and Haydn’s Creation with Vancouver Bach Choir as well as performances of Messiah with Elmer Iseler Singers, Thunder Bay Symphony and Windsor Symphony Orchestra.

 

Virginia was thrilled to join Queen of Puddings Music Theatre as Zora in Svadba/Wedding on their European tour and in 2013 reprised the role with Opera Philadelphia. Virginia joined the cast of Pacific Opera Victoria to sing Naïade in their acclaimed production of Ariadne auf Naxos.

 

Recent concert performances for this versatile soprano range from Christmas Oratorio with Symphony Nova Scotia and Messiah with Grand River Chorus to Big Band songs in "High Standards" with Talisker Players.

 

Virginia sang the role of Daisy in the June 2016 world premiere of Brian Finley's The Pencil Salesman at Westben Arts Festival.

 

This season, Virginia looks forward to her debut with Grand Philharmonic Choir in Handel's Dixit Dominus and Mozart's Mass in C Minor, with conductor Mark Vuorinen.

RESUME

Opera

2016

Daisy (The Pencil Salesman)

2014

Naide (Ariadne auf Naxos)

2013

Zora (Svadba)

Leila (Les Pecheurs des Perles)

Anjelica (Orlando)

Zora (Svadba)

2012

Amor (Il Ballo del Ingrate)

First Lady (Dido and Aeneas)**

2011

Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro)

2010

Musetta (La Bohème)

The Italian Singer (Capriccio)

2009

Elena (La Donna del Lago)

Marzelline (Fidelio)

2008

Zerlina (Don Giovanni)

Rosina (The Barber of Seville)*

2007

Celestial Voice (Don Carlos)

Fifth Maid (Elektra)

Laura (Luisa Miller)

Marguerite (Faust)*

Aksinya (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk)*

2006

Leah (Swoon)

Despina (Così fan tutte)*

Woglinde (Götterdämmerung)*

Waldvogel (Siegfried)*

Woglinde (Das Rheingold)*

Gretel (Hansel and Gretel)

2005

Pamina (The Magic Flute)

Rodelinda (Rodelinda)*

Frasquita (Carmen)

Waldvogel (Siegfried)*

2004

Miss Wordsworth (Albert Herring)

Janine (The Handmaid’s Tale)*

 

Finley

 

Strauss

 

Sokolovic

Bizet

Handel

Sokolovic

 

Monteverdi

Purcell

 

Mozart

 

Puccini

Strauss

 

Rossini

Beethoven

 

Mozart

Rossini

 

Verdi

Strauss

Verdi

Gounod

Shostakovitch

 

James Rolfe

Mozart

Wagner

Wagner

Wagner

Humperdinck

 

Mozart

Handel

Bizet

Wagner

 

Britten

Ruders

 

Westben Arts Festival

 

Pacific Opera Victoria

 

Opera Philadelphia

Opera Hamilton

Opera in Concert

Queen of Puddings Music Theatre (European tour)

 

Toronto Masque Theatre

Toronto Masque Theatre

 

Saskatoon Opera

 

Opera Hamilton

Pacific Opera Victoria

 

Opera in Concert, Toronto

Canadian Opera Company

 

Canadian Opera Company

Canadian Opera Company

 

Canadian Opera Company

Canadian Opera Company

Canadian Opera Company

Canadian Opera Company

Canadian Opera Company

 

COC Ensemble Studio

Canadian Opera Company

Canadian Opera Company

Canadian Opera Company

Canadian Opera Company

Ensemble School Tour

 

COC Ensemble Studio

Canadian Opera Company

Canadian Opera Company

Canadian Opera Company

 

COC Ensemble Studio

Canadian Opera Company

* Cover | ** In Concert

Oratorio & Concert

2016

Dixit Dominus

Mass in C Minor

Requiem

2015

Christmas Oratorio

Messiah

2014

"High Standards"

"Summer Nights"

Festival Gala

"Songs of Travel"

Messiah

2013

Opera Gala

"A Time there Was"

Broadway Rainbows

"The Star of Robbie Burns"

Gloria/Requiem

2012

Messiah

Recital with Lauren Segal

"Night at the Opera"

Recital

Creation

Mass in B Minor

"Mozart in Vienna"

Stabat Mater

2011

Ich habe genug

Christmas Oratorio

Christmas Oratorio

Messiah

Messiah

2010

Messiah

Messiah

"Lovin' Dat Hammerstein"

Duo Recital - Lauren Segal

Requiem

Mass in C / Gloria

"Rising Stars Concert"

2009

"Alfred, Lord Tennyson"

Carmina Burana

B Minor Mass

2008

Messiah

2007

"Schubertiad"

"Opera Under the Stars"

2006

"Inaugural Gala"

The Creation

2005

"Altamira Concerts"

The Faery Queen

Lord Nelson Mass

L’Allegro, il Penseroso

 

Handel

Mozart

Mozart

 

J.S.Bach

Handel

 

Various

Various

Various

Various

Handel

 

Various

Britten

Various

Burns & Lerner/Loewe

Poulenc/Durufle

 

Handel

Greer, Rolfe, Eatock

Various

Coward, Novello, Sondheim

Haydn

Bach

Mozart

Pergolesi

 

Bach

Bach

Bach

Handel

Handel

 

Handel

Handel

Hammerstein

Various

Mozart

Mozart/Poulenc

Opera Arias / Duets

 

Various

Orff

Bach

 

Handel

 

Schubert

Various

 

Beethoven

Haydn

 

Various

Purcell

Haydn

Handel

 

Grand Philharmonic Choir

 Grand Philharmonic Choir

Westben Arts Festival

 

Symphony Nova Scotia

Grand River Chorus, Brantford

 

Talisker Players

Thirteen Strings

Festival of the Sound

Talisker Players, Toronto

Elmer Iseler Singers

 

Festival of the Sound, Parry Sound, Ontario

Aldeburgh Connection

Westben Concerts at the Barn

Toronto

Karen Schuessler Singers, London, Ontario

 

Cellar Singers of Orillia

Canadian Art Song Project, Toronto

Colours of Music Festival, Barrie

Colours of Music Festival, Barrie

Vancouver Bach Choir

Guelph Chamber Choir

Westben Concets at the Barn

Aradia Ensemble

 

Aradia Ensemble

Kingston Symphony

Windsor Symphony

Symphony Nova Scotia

Aradia Ensemble

 

Windsor Symphony Orchestra

Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra

Westben Concerts in the Barn

Bayfield Festival of Song

Kingston Chamber Choir

King Edward Choir, Barrie

Markham Theatre

 

Aldeburgh Connection, Toronto

Chorus Niagara

Pax Christi Chorale, Toronto

 

Windsor Symphony

 

Aldeburgh Connection

COC Orchestra/NCC

 

COC/Four Seasons Centre

Aldeburgh Productions

 

Canadian Opera Company

Aldeburgh Festival

St. Simon’s Anglican Church

Snape Proms/Britten-Pears

Accomplishments

EDUCATION

2005–07 | Ensemble, Canadian Opera Company

2003 | Diploma in Operatic Performance, University of Toronto

2004 | Bachelor of Music in Performance, University of Toronto

2003–05 | Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, Aldeburgh, United Kingdom

As Leila in The Pearl Fishers with Opera Hamilton –

"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

SELECTED ROLES

Susanna  | Le Nozze di Figaro

Marzelline | Fidelio

Italian Singer | Capriccio

SELECTED REPERTOIRE

Bach | Christmas Oratorio

Handel | Messiah

Haydn | Creation

PRESS KIT

HEADSHOTS

DOCUMENTS

Updated Sep 2016

 

 

AUDIO

Poulenc

Domine Deus

Gloria


Haydn

With Verdure Clad

Creation


Fauré

Pie Jesu

Requiem


Handel

L'empio rigor del fato Rodelinda


Mozart

Ach ich fühl's

Die Zaüberflöte


Mozart

In uomini

Cosi fan tutte


Gounod

Jewel Song

Faust


Strauss

Fifth Maid

Elektra

Virginia Hatfield, Soprano

REVIEWS

As Daisy in The Pencil Salesman with Westben Arts Festival –

" Equally fine was the gleaming soprano of Virginia Hatfield as Daisy, a role with a considerable dramatic/emotional range."

Joseph So, MusicalToronto.org

 

 

As Leila in The Pearl Fishers with Opera Hamilton –

"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

 

 

"As the virgin fatale, soprano Virginia Hatfield probably COULD calm the seas and keep storms at bay. Her ‘O dio Brahma’ aria offers such sincerity and faultless range that from then on – she owns the play."

Danny Gaisin, Ontario Arts Review

 

 

"The Pearl Fishers’ priestess, Léïla, as depicted by soprano Virginia Hatfield is a woman of formidable strength and dignity. Miss Hatfield is a singer actor of great versatility, equally at home in early opera as well as more verismo-inclined nineteenth century repertoire. 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’ (‘As he used to in the dark night’) becomes a moment of intense beauty in Hatfield’s meticulously focused rendition."

OperaGoTo.com

 

Guest Soloist in Dublin Messiah with the Aradia Ensemble

"Soprano Virginia Hatfield delivered renditions of 'Rejoice Greatly', O Daughter of Zion' and 'I Know That My Redeemer Liveth' that were radiant in their joy and sublime in their restraint. She was on the spot due to circumstances too. She stepped in for the alto singer and took the air, 'If God Be For Us, Who Can Be Against Us’, to a state of quiet serenity that suggested she was living the piece as much or more than singing it... The lower part of her vocal range his a silken covering that makes it ravishing to listen to."

Brian Hay, NoRules-NoLights.com

 

 

Guest Soloist in Dublin Messiah with Symphony Nova Scotia –

Soprano Virginia Hatfield added the warmth and brilliance of a commanding coloratura to the episode describing the appearance of the angel to the shepherds cowering in the field, awed by the strange events of this memorable night.When she sang the passage ‘And suddenly there was with the angels a multitude of the heavenly host’, the strings broke into a dazzling fluttering of wings like a whole flock of birds taking flight.She shared in the delightful jig setting of “Rejoice greatly” in this version of Messiah and expressed with sweetness and conviction the profound faith of I know that my Redeemer liveth (Part III).

Stephen Pedersen, The Halifax Herald

 

As Elena In Rossini's La Donna del Lago

"In her Opera in Concert debut, Virginia Hatfield sang Elena, the title role, with an appealing balance of power and subtlety, her arias given glowing texture and showing her wide range of dynamics and tonal colour at their best."

Geoff Chapman, Opera Canada

 

 

As Celestial Voice In Verdi's Don Carlo

"Canadian soprano Virginia Hatfield was ideally cast as the Celestial Voice who promises the burning heretics life after death."

Ken Winters, Globe and Mail

 

"In the fourth female role, that of the Celestial Voice, Virginia Hatfield is appropriately soaring and rapturous."

Michael Johnson, ConcertoNet

 

"The Celestial Voice of Virginia Hatfield was nothing less than ethereal."

JH Stape, Review Vancouver

 

"One of the soloists, young soprano Virginia Hatfield, was singing for visitors to Toronto's new opera house two weekends ago. The 2003 University of Toronto Opera School graduate has gobs of charisma, and her voice is developing beautifully."

John Terauds, Toronto Star

 

In Handel's Alcina 

"Virginia Hatfield as the sorceress Alcina has a clear yet substantial soprano, as flexible as it needs to be. She projected her brazen arias with real assurance and her pathetic ones with a touching melancholy."

Ken Winters, Globe and Mail