Vivica Genaux

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Vivica Genaux
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Vivica Genaux in 2010
Born (1969-07-10) July 10, 1969 (age 49)
Fairbanks, Alaska, U.S
OccupationOpera singer (mezzo-soprano)

Vivica Genaux (pronounced [ ʒ]; born July 10, 1969) is an American coloratura mezzo-soprano. She was born in Fairbanks, Alaska. She has sung in major operas such as The Barber of Seville at the Metropolitan Opera, L'italiana in Algeri at Opéra National de Paris, and La Cenerentola with Dallas Opera and the Bayerische Staatsoper.

Education and singing career[edit]

Vivica Genaux was born on July 10, 1969 in Fairbanks. Her father was a biochemistry professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and her Mexican-born mother was a language teacher.[1] She began her vocal studies as a young girl with late American dramatic soprano Dorothy Dow. Ms. Genaux then studied with the late Nicola Rossi-Lemeni and Virginia Zeani at Indiana University Bloomington and for many years with Claudia Pinza Bozzolla (daughter of bass Ezio Pinza) in Pittsburgh. She began her professional career specializing in charming portrayals of Rossini comic heroines (Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Isabella in L'italiana in Algeri, Angelina in La Cenerentola). She has performed these roles more than two hundred times with many of the major U.S. opera companies (including the Metropolitan, San Francisco, Dallas, Seattle, San Diego, Pittsburgh, and Minnesota Operas), as well as in Paris, Vienna, Berlin, Amsterdam, Dresden, Munich, Montreal, Tel Aviv, Verona, Santiago and Perth.

Her role as the hero in Handel's Arminio was her first baroque role, and she continues to expand her repertoire, which currently includes 28 roles, 20 of which are pants roles (a woman—often a mezzo-soprano—playing a male character).


Prior career highlights have included: Brussels (La Monnaie) and Paris (Champs-Elysées) for Hasse’s Marc’Antonio e Cleopatra, led by long-time mentor, conductor René Jacobs; the recently rediscovered Alessandro Scarlatti oratorio La Santissima Trinità in Paris, Palermo and Lyon, which marked her first collaboration with Fabio Biondi and his Europa Galante; Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice at the Los Angeles Opera; a Weill Hall recital at New York’s Carnegie Hall;[2] Rosinas at the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, Wiener Staatsoper and the Metropolitan Opera; the Opéra National de Paris (Barbiere and Alcina); a concert at the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin with René Jacobs and the Akademie für Alte Musik performing music from their “Arias for Farinelli” CD; Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Paris and Hong Kong with Kurt Masur and the Orchestre National de France; Rinaldo in Montpellier and Innsbruck; Minnesota Opera for Lucrezia Borgia, I Capuleti ed i Montecchi and Semiramide; Urbain in Les Huguenots for the opening of the new opera house in Bilbao; Hassem in Donizetti’s Alahor in Granata in Seville; Selimo in Hasse’s Solimano at the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin; Juno/Ino in Handel's Semele at New York City Opera; and seven appearances at the Caramoor Festival.


Personal life[edit]

Vivica is a distant relative of Belgian football player Régis Genaux. Her interest in European Baroque music led her to settle in Venice.[2][3] She is the subject of 2004 documentary A Voice Out of the Cold.[4][5]


  1. ^ Nockin, Maria (2018-05-28). "Maria Nockin Talks to American mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux About Her Life and Career". Music & Vision. Retrieved 2004-06-13.
  2. ^ a b "Vivica Genaux, Venice Baroque Orchestra at Carnegie Hall". The Berkshire Review for the Arts. 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-07.
  3. ^ Tommasini, Anthony (1997-12-19). "Opera Review; The Met, Sold Out for One Debut, Hears Another". The New York Times. A.G. Sulzberger. Retrieved 2012-06-06.
  4. ^ "A Voice Out of the Cold: Vivica Genaux (2004)". IMDb. Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Documentary A Voice Out of the Cold". Retrieved 8 September 2018.

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