VICTORIA HOLLAND, SOPRANO
Soprano Victoria Holland’s operatic credits include the role of the Contessa in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro at England’s Aldeburgh Festival. She recently performed the soprano solos in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra (Illinois) and guest conductor Donato Cabrera. Previous performances with the Elgin Symphony include a Modern Broadway Pops concert with conductor Stephen Squires and the Brahms Requiem with Elgin Choral Union and conductor Andrew Lewis. Victoria’s performance as the soprano soloist in Mozart’s Requiem Mass with conductor Tony Lee Garner and members of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra was hailed as “rich and sublime” by The Commercial Appeal (Memphis). Her oratorio soloist credits include Saint-Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio, Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass, Mozart’s Requiem Mass and Coronation Mass, Penderecki’s Seven Gates of Jerusalem, Händel’s Messiah and Judas Maccabaeus, J.S. Bach’s Mass in B-minor and Magnificat, the Fauré Requiem, and Vivaldi’s Gloria.
Victoria’s extensive and diverse recital performances have been well received at Chicago’s Symphony Center, the Ravinia Festival’s Martin Theater (Highland Park, IL), and the Music Institute of Chicago; in Italy at Loyola University’s John Felice Rome Center and Il Conservatorio di Parma; and at well-known recital series such as Chicago’s Fourth Presbyterian Church, Alliance Française de Chicago, and the Music on Madison series and S.P.A.C.E. in Evanston, Illinois.
Victoria frequently collaborates with the Chicago-based Ondas Ensemble as a guest vocalist, including annual performances for the Chicago Latin Music Festival and multiple live WFMT radio broadcasts. The ensemble collaborates with and is dedicated to the performance of the music of Latin American composers such as Miguel Kertsman, Elbio Barilari, Gustavo Leone, and Eduardo Gamboa. In 2011, Victoria produced the US premiere of Kertsman’s theatrical chamber music work, O SACI.
Victoria holds a doctoral degree in voice performance from Northwestern University, maintains an active voice studio in Evanston, Illinois, and is a member of The Musical Offering’s voice faculty. She regularly presents vocal master classes and eagerly collaborates as a guest lecturer, presenting on a range of topics including technology in the classroom, bel canto style and technique, Gregorian chant, and differentiation in general music classrooms. Victoria is a member of the College of Examiners for the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and adjudicates voice assessments for the Music Development Program. She also adjudicates local and regional vocal competitions for students of all ages and development levels. Victoria has taught voice at Loyola University Chicago, Northwestern University School of Music, and Lawrence University Conservatory of Music (Appleton, WI). While teaching voice at Loyola University Chicago, she also taught music history and held the position of applied music coordinator.