Soprano Victoria Robertson is that rare performer who is truly multi-faceted and continually conquers new musical territory including classical, musical theater, and modern music. Her opera and art song performances won her several distinguished vocal competition titles, most recently placing her as a finalist in the Seattle Philharmonic’s Don Bushell Competition and the Ladies Musical Club of Seattle’s Frances Walton Competition. Victoria has performed with several symphony orchestras and opera companies including San Diego Symphony, La Jolla Symphony, Dana Point Symphony, San Diego Opera, and Opera Santa Barbara. In 2010 she performed in the World Premier of “Séance on a Wet Afternoon” by Stephen Schwartz (composer of Wicked) with Opera Santa Barbara.
Relatively new to the Pacific Northwest, Victoria began commuting to Bainbridge Island to train with master opera teacher Michael Trimble in 2011, and she quickly immersed herself in the community. In 2013 she performed the role of Hansel in the opera “Hansel and Gretel” with Bainbridge Performing Arts and she is a regular singer at Grace Episcopal Church. This concert with the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra marks her orchestral debut in the Pacific Northwest.
Victoria's first stage experience was in the world of musical theater. She began singing and dancing in shows such as “Oklahoma” and “Guys and Dolls” from the early age of twelve. Her debut feature in San Jose was Lily in “The Secret Garden.” Other musical theater stage credits include Audrey in “Little Shop of Horrors,” Maria von Trapp in “The Sound of Music,” Eliza Doolittle in “My Fair Lady,” and Marion Paroo in “The Music Man.”
Victoria has also gained notoriety as a recording artist and songwriter. Her early albums, “On My Mind” (2004), and “Say New You” (2007), were nominated for San Diego Music Awards "Best New Artist" 2005 and "Best Local Recording" 2007 and Los Angeles Music Awards "Best Record of the Year" 2006.
Victoria was awarded the title “Miss USO, San Diego” in the year 2000 for her performance work for the U.S. Military, a title that she continued to hold for seven years. She has toured overseas and performed aboard Aircraft Carriers and in desert training grounds for the troops and is often invited to headline official government functions. Victoria has opened up major events with the National Anthem including the Los Angeles Tennis Open, the Los Angeles Lakers, and the Miramar Air Show. She was the official entertainment for the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines in 2008 for Independence Day.
With the Armed Forces Entertainment Victoria has toured in Greenland, England, Netherlands, and Germany. Her album “Celebrating America,” a compilation of American patriotic songs, was sent in thousands of care packages to U.S. Military personnel and their families overseas.
Currently Victoria stars in an original stage production, “From Broadway to Opera,” touring performing arts centers and concert halls nationwide.
Special thanks go to her artistic sponsors Cynthia Sears, Adrian Burtan, Nancy Blakey, and Kate Ruffing.
For more information, please visit www.VictoriaRobertson.com.
Photo: Gail Bowman Photography