Dixie Diva Dishes! Mezzo VICTORIA LIVENGOOD Shares Her iPod with BWW

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Critics have called her "the ideal Carmen of our time" and "one of the leading singer-actresses of her generation." The New York Times called her "naturally seductive and vocally alluring." But this down-to-earth southern girl prefers the moniker: The Dixie Diva!

Although the Dixie Diva is known principally for her Carmen (a role she's performed over 200 times worldwide) she is also one of the most sought-after singers of modern music. This season sees her in Benjamin Britten's rarely performed Noah's Flood, with the New Orlean Opera, as well as the American premiere of The Passenger, a powerful Holocaust opera by exiled Polish-Jewish composer Mieczyslaw Weinberg, at Houston Grand Opera. She returns to the Met for Arabella later in the season, followed by Streetcar Named Desire at LA Opera. In between, she'll be doing Rigoletto in New Orleans and Salome in Utah.

With a schedule like that it's a wonder she had any time at all to sit down with BWW and share what she's been listening to lately!

"Shall we say that I obviously love Classical Music and Opera, but not for relaxing at home. Then my choice is usually country music (because I can understand the words and the story of the songs) and then pop music, as well as a cappella music and bit of new age and jazz mixed in.

Carrie Underwood's Blown Away album is a current favorite of mine.

Sigur Ros is a wonderful band from Iceland. Their album Takk. I discovered them through my nephew since his unborn baby calmed down when we played their music!

Home Free the Minnesota-based, all-male country group from the TV show The Sing Off (I grew up loving a cappella music big time)

One Republic's Native album, they recently did a tour with Sara Bareilles, whose new album The Blessed Unrest is also on my list!

I love the Zac Brown Band, a country/folk/southern rock/jam-band from Atlanta.

And of course, anything that Barbra Streisand sings! How's that for wildly eclectic tastes!

BroadwayWorldClassical thanks Victoria Livengood for sharing her IPOD with us. We wish her well in her amazingly eclectic performance schedule this season and we can't wait to see her in Arabella at the Met this spring!


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Peter Danish Peter Danish is a Media Marketing Consultant and Classical Arts Presenter. He is a founding member of ArtsRock, where he presented concerts with such world renowned artists as Grammy winning Classical Guitarist Sharon Isbin, Grammy winning Violinist Marc O'Connor, The Eroica Trio, The American Brass Quintet, The New York Philharmonic Brass Quintet, Alec Baldwin, Louis Black and Robert Klein. At The Riverspace Performing Arts Center, he presented such artists as Meryl Streep, Jonathan Demme, Bill T. Jones, Bill Irwin, Mike Nichols, Ani Di Franco, Eve Ensler, Pete Seeger, Ellen Burstyn, Edward Albee and Kathleen Turner. He has programmed concerts and educational programs for a multitude of local arts organizations including the American National Opera and the Westchester Hudson Opera, and has lectured on opera and classical music in schools and libraries as part of their outreach programs. For over two decades he has served as Director of Marketing for NBC, Vice President of Marketing for Telemundo, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Azteca TV Network, and Marketing Consultant to PBS. He is a member of the Dramatist Guild of America, The Wagner Society of N.Y. and Board of Trustees of the award-winning classical concert series, The Carnegie Room Concerts at the Nyack Library. His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Ad Age, Ad Week and Media Week.

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