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Vivica Genaux

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Vivica Genaux (born in Fairbanks, Alaska) is an American mezzo-soprano. Her father, of Belgian descent, was a biochemistry professor at the University of Alaska and her mother, of Swiss-German extraction, was a language teacher. She has sung in major operas such The Barber of Seville at the Metropolitan Opera, L’italiana in Algeri at Opera National de Paris and Cinderella with Dallas Opera and the Bayerische Staatsoper.

Ms. Genaux studied with the late Nicola Rossi-Lemeni and Virginia Zeani at Indiana University Bloomington and currently studies with Claudia Pinza (daughter of tenor Ezio Pinza). 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 Opera, San Francisco, Dallas, Seattle, San Diego, and Pittsburgh 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 (mezzo playing male character).

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