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.

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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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Perry is a senior editor at Pace Communications. Her stories have appeared in Spirit Magazine, Our State, The Washington Post, The Dallas Morning News, and The New Individualist Magazine . She is graduate of Morehead State University and the University of North Texas.