Mezzo-soprano Victoria Vargas has performed such roles as Carmen (Carmen), Mrs. Lowe (The Manchurian Candidate), Adelaide (Arabella), Natacha Rambova (The Dream of Valentino), Third Lady (Magic Flute), Fenena (Nabucco), Smeton (Anna Bolena), Mrs. Deakins in the world premiere of Doubt, Suzuki (Madame Butterfly), Alisa (Lucia di Lammermoor), Nelly (Wuthering Heights), Flora (La Traviata), Anna (Mary Stuarda), and Tisbe (La Cenerentola) all while she was a a resident artist with Minnesota Opera. Victoria has performed with the Opera Theater of Saint Louis, Chautauqua Opera, Sarasota Opera, and the Ash Lawn Highland Festival, and Lyric Opera of the North .
Equally comfortable in concert work, Mrs. Vargas has sung with for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (NY), members of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra , Minnesota Orchestra, Mankato Symphony,Chautauqua Symphony, St. Cloud Orchestra, the Western New York Chamber Orchestra, the Wayzata Symphony, La Jolla Symphony, Phoenix Symphony,Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra and the South Dakota Symphony.
Mrs. Vargas placed first in the Minnesota District of the Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions and second in the Upper Midwest region in 2016. She also placed second in the Schubert Club competition, and was a finalist in the Irene Dalis Vocal Competition.
Victoria's upcoming engagements include a recital of Russian art song for the LOFT recital series, and a return to Minnesota Opera for Dead Man Walking and Rigoletto.
In addition to her performance career, Mrs. Vargas is on faculty for the MacPhail Center for Music and Carleton College. She holds a Masters of Music Degree from the Manhattan School of Music and a Bachelors of Music Degree from the State University of New York at Fredonia. She recently attended the Shenandoah University CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute in Winchester Virgina. She resides in Minneapolis with her wife Lindsay and cat Frankie.