Virginia Hatfield debuted with Pacific Opera Victoria as the Italian singer in the 2010 Canadian stage premiere of Richard Strauss's Capriccio. She returns in February 2014 as Naiad in Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos.
Virginia Hatfield has sung across Canada and has made debuts in the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Serbia, and Mexico. She was thrilled to join Queen of Puddings Music Theatre in fall 2012, singing the role of Zora in Ana Sokolovic's opera Svadba - Wedding on a concert tour of Europe. Other recent opera roles for this versatile artist include Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) with Saskatoon Opera, Zerlina (Don Giovanni) Marzelline (Fidelio), and Celestial Voice (Don Carlos), all with the Canadian Opera Company, as well as debuts with Pacific Opera Victoria as the Italian Singer (Capriccio), with Opera Hamilton as Musetta (La Bohème), and with Toronto's Opera in Concert, singing the title role of Elena in Rossini's La Donna del Lago.
Upcoming performances include a debut with Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra in Ottawa, and a recital with Joni Henson and Megan Latham for Westben Arts Festival Theatre.
During 2013 Virginia sang Angelica in Handel's Orlando with Opera in Concert, followed by Leïla in The Pearl Fishers with Opera Hamilton. She performed Poulenc's Gloria in London, Ontario, and returned to Walter Hall for The Aldeburgh Connection's Britten Festival of Song. Further highlights include performances of Broadway classics for the Westben Arts Festival in July, and a staged production of Sokolovic's Svadba in Philadelphia in the fall.
Virginia began the 2012 season singing Vivaldi with the Mississauga Choral Society, followed by Haydn's Creation for the Vancouver Bach Choir under conductor Les Dala, and Bach's Mass in B Minor for the Guelph Chamber Choir. She then made her debut with Toronto Masque Theatre, singing Amor in Monteverdi's Il Ballo delle Ingrate, followed by Second Woman/First Witch in a semi-staged version of Dido and Aeneas. Virginia was delighted to return to the Bayfield Festival of Song in June 2012 for an English recital with The Aldeburgh Connection. In July she returned to the Westben Arts Festival for an all-Mozart concert, and made a guest appearance with baritone Gerald Finley at his recital the same weekend. Further performances included a recital for the Canadian Art Song Project at The Music Gallery, with mezzo-soprano Lauren Segal and pianist Gregory Oh; concerts for the Barrie Colours of Music Festival with pianists Robert Kortgaard and Peter Tiefenbach; and Pergolesi's Stabat Mater with the Aradia Ensemble and countertenor Scott Belluz.
During the 2010-2011 seasons, Virginia made concert debuts with the symphony orchestras of Kingston (Bach's Christmas Oratorio), Nova Scotia (Messiah), and Thunder Bay (Messiah); the Aradia Ensemble (Bach's Ich habe genug) and Montreal's Ensemble Caprice (Handel arias). She joined Soundstreams Canada for concerts in Guanajuato, Mexico, and Toronto, performing premières of Canadian and Mexican works with renowned percussion ensemble Tambuco. She has also performed with the Pax Christi Chorale, Chorus Niagara, the King Edward Choir, the Kingston Chamber Choir, and the Cellar Singers. She has performed several times with the Windsor Symphony, most recently singing Bach's Christmas Oratorio under conductor Kevin Mallon.
As a member of the prestigious Canadian Opera Company Ensemble, Virginia made her professional debut singing Frasquita in Carmen with late Maestro Richard Bradshaw, under whose baton she also sang Pamina in The Magic Flute, Fifth Maid in Elektra, and Laura in Luisa Miller. Also at the COC, Virginia sang Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring with conductor David Angus, and created the role of Leah in the Ensemble Studio's production of James Rolfe's opera Swoon. She was featured in the DVD Opera Under the Stars, performing with the COC Orchestra for the National Capital Commission in Ottawa.
Originally from Campbellford, Ontario, Virginia is a graduate of the University of Toronto's Faculty of Music, where she studied with Lorna MacDonald and Mary Morrison. She received the Distinguished Graduate Award from the University of Toronto Opera School, and completed further studies at the Britten-Pears School in Aldeburgh, United Kingdom, receiving scholarships from the Canadian Aldeburgh Foundation.
Virginia is featured on tenor John McDermott's newest album, Traditional Christmas, available on iTunes.
An Italian tenor (Michael Colvin) and his diva (Virginia Hatfield) love and die with perfectly gauged bel canto extravagance and comic timing
Globe and Mail, Pacific Opera Victoria's Capriccio
Virginia Hatfield is a singer who brings something intangible and impossible to describe to the stage. It's obvious as soon as she begins though. See her if you ever get the chance because it's an experience that stays with you for all the right reasons.
Brian Hay, NoRules-NoLights.com (Pergolesi Stabat Mater, Aradia Ensemble, 2012)
Above, Soprano Virginia Hatfield rehearses "Ma Quando Tornerai" from Handel's Alcina with Ensemble Caprice and conductor Matthias Maute.