Rising soprano Victoria Cannizzo was recently praised for her “complex” and “absolutely exquisite” portrayal of Leonora in Verdi's Il Trovatore at Tri-Cities Opera. A 2012 scholarship recipient at the International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv, Israel, Ms. Cannizzo covered the role of Rosalinde in Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus. She also appeared as Donna Elvira in scenes from Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and as Violetta in excerpts from Verdi’s La Traviata. Her January 2011 performance of the full role was hailed as “a mark of artistry…strikingly beautiful, Cannizzo captured the genesis of Violetta’s hopeful but tragic circumstance – to love and to be loved.”
Ms. Cannizzo was the 2011 winner of the St. Bonaventure Prize from the Liederkranz Foundation in New York, where she appeared at the Winner’s Concert in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. The following May, she was one of two singers from New York chosen to advance to Vienna, Austria to compete in the prestigious Hans Gabor Belvedere International Singing Competition. Ms. Cannizzo remained in Europe, and in July 2011 was awarded two Young Artist Scholarships from Raina Kabaivanska and Renato Bruson for her participation in their master classes at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy. She was subsequently awarded a grant from the Raina Kabaivanska Fund and the America for Bulgaria Foundation, and made her European concert debut at the Sofia National Opera and Ballet Theater in Bulgaria in August 2011.
Ms. Cannizzo regularly performs throughout her native New Jersey with the Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea, as well as in recital with Jane Steele. She has performed the roles of Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor, the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro, Liù in Turandot, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, and Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly. Other awards received include a 2010 Encouragement Award from the Schuyler Foundation for Career Bridges, which was renewed the following year, and the 2009 Rising Star Scholarship from the St. Cecilia Foundation. Ms. Cannizzo holds a Master of Music in Opera from Binghamton University/Tri-Cities Opera, and a Bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Chicago.