Arts & Culture

The Dixie Diva Interview

  • Photography Stacey Van Berkel

Listen to excerpts of associate editor Sarah Perry's interview with Victoria Livengood.


Victoria Livengood was a farm girl from Thomasville who discovered her voice and became an international opera star.

Our State’s associate editor Sarah Perry sat down with her at her home in Mint Hill to talk about her career, her family, and why after traveling the world she chose to live in North Carolina. Read Perry’s full story on page 22 of April 2013 issue.

Scroll below to hear clips from the interview, or click here to listen to the full set on Soundcloud.

Meet Victoria Livengood

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How she found her operatic voice.

Setting the stage for an opera career.

“Daddy sang bass, momma sang tenor…”

Becoming Carmen.

What it feels like to stand on stage at the Met.

Learning new, demanding roles.

Learning to sing in Russian.

Eight foreign languages.

Why she lives in North Carolina.

Her best-selling album.

A barbecue delivery.

Family heirlooms.

You either get it, or you don’t.

What makes a great night at the theatre.

Read more about Victoria Livengood and Opera Carolina in the April 2013 issue of Our State.

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One Response to The Dixie Diva Interview

  1. Perry Nelson says:

    I sang with Victoria very early in her career just as all the great things started happening for her. I recognized then that her’s was a singular talent, destined for great things. She was also one of the funniest folks I’d ever met, and a first-rate colleague. What a joy to work with! Fast forward to 2011, and the opportunity to see Vickie again on stage, in Fort Worth, TX as Azucena. It was great to see her again after such an interval. And on stage? Well, folks, again the Dixie Diva ruled!

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