Mezzo-soprano Victoria Vargas’ credits include Carmen (Carmen), Mrs. Lowe (The Manchurian Candidate), Adelaide (Arabella), Natacha Rambova (The Dream of Valentino), Third Lady (The Magic Flute), Fenena (Nabucco), Smeton (Anna Bolena), Mrs. Deakins in the world premiere of Doubt, Suzuki (Madame Butterfly), Alisa (Lucia di Lammermoor), Nelly (Wuthering Heights), Flora (La traviata), Anna (Maria Stuarda), Mamma Lucia (Cavalleria Rusticana), Marcellina (Le nozze di Figaro), Tisbe (La Cenerentola), and numerous others. She has performed for several years with Minnesota Opera and has sung across the country with Opera Theater of Saint Louis, Chautauqua Opera, Sarasota Opera, Ash Lawn Highland Festival, and others. Upcoming in 2018 she will be singing the role of Giovanna in Rigoletto for Minnesota Opera.
Equally comfortable in concert work, Mrs. Vargas has sung with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (NY), members of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (MN), Mankato Symphony, Chautauqua Symphony, St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra, the Western New York Chamber Orchestra, South Dakota Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Wayzata Symphony, La Jolla Symphony, and Minnesota Orchestra.
Ms. Vargas has placed seven times at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions at both the district and regional levels. She also placed second in the Schubert Club competition, has won the top scholarship as a studio and apprentice artist at Chautauqua Opera, was a finalist in the Ades competition at the Manhattan School of Music, and was a finalist in the Irene Dalis Vocal Competition for Opera San Jose.
Mrs. Vargas is on faculty for the MacPhail Center for Music and Carleton College. She holds a masters of music degree from the Manhattan School of Music and a bachelors of music degree from the State University of New York at Fredonia.