Vivica Genaux

American mezzo-soprano (Fairbanks, 1969 - )

Musician before singer, Vivica Genaux brings a welcomed maturity to the art of baroque vocalization and breathes new life to Rossinian bel canto.

Born in Alaska into a family of scholars, Vivica Genaux spent her early years listening to the concerts of artists making a stopover in Anchorage. She practiced dance, violin, piano, sang in a choir and played in a jazz band. Her parents moved to Osaka when she was thirteen and she began learning soprano singing. At Indiana University, her singing teacher Virginia Zeani advised her to change from soprano to mezzo-soprano. She accepted , judging that mezzo's roles were more suited to her temperament, and was then admitted to the Ezio Pinza Council for American Singers of Opera in Pittsburgh where she met Professor Claudia Pinza.

She then went through all the steps that would lead her to an international career. Rossinian roles marked her debut in Fairbanks: Angelina in La Cenerentola, Isabella in L'Italiana in Algeri, Rosine in The Barber of Seville. This very role marked her debut at the New York Metropolitan Opera in 1997. Her agile voice adapts perfectly to an ornate and virtuoso repertoire, allowing her to also approach baroque opera, notably the Handelian repertoire by embodying male roles originally written for castrati. More recently she has taken on Purcell and Mozart repertoire. Her recordings regularly meet great success.

Vivica Genaux in 6 dates:

1994: Debut on stage in L'Italiana in Algeri at Milwaukee Florentine Opera.
1998: Debut in Australia
2000: Debut in France at the "Musiques au Cœur" festival in Antibes
2002: Release of the album Arias for Farinelli 2007: Receives the Christopher Keene Award from New York Opera
2008: Received the Maecenas Award of the Pittsburgh Opera House

Biography from Radio France's Musical Documentation, March 2014