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About

Victor Cardamone has garnered much attention and critical acclaim over the last decade, and continues to do so.

 

Hailing from the northeast outskirts of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Victor earned his Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Youngstown State University, with a double major in applied voice and French horn. He took additional coursework at Ball State University, where he served as a graduate teaching assistant in the voice department, before transferring to the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music and earning both his Master of Music in Vocal Performance and his Artist Diploma in Opera Studies. He has trained exclusively with Misook Yun, Jon Truitt, and Tom Baresel. He has coached primarily with Hyery Hwang, Kathy Kelly, and Marie-France Lefebvre. He has studied Schubert lieder extensively (including the songs of 1817, Die schöne Müllerin, Winterreise, and Schwanengesang) with Ken Griffiths. He has also studied conducting with the late Steve Gage, as well as somatic body movement and The Grief Recovery Method® with Susan Moser.

 

Victor has bowed with Opera Western Reserve, the Warren Philharmonic (Warren, Ohio), New Castle Lyric Opera (New Castle, Pennsylvania), Asheville Lyric Opera, Brevard Music Center, Cincinnati Opera, the Charleston Symphony (Charleston, South Carolina), Wolf Trap Opera, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance, Opera Project Columbus, Opera Columbus, the Merola Opera Program, the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera, San Francisco Opera, the Santa Rosa Symphony, and Livermore Valley Opera. His major role credits include Ferrando (Così fan tutte), Ralph Rackstraw (H.M.S. Pinafore), Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi), Don Ramiro (La Cenerentola), Larry Renault (Dinner at Eight), Jeník (The Bartered Bride), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Count Almaviva (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Rodolfo (La Bohème), and Tamino (Die Zauberflöte). His major cover credits include Ernesto (Don Pasquale), Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly), Chevalier de la Force (Dialogues des Carmélites), and Steve Wozniak (The Revolution of Steve Jobs). An advocate and champion of new music, he has lent his voice to a number of significant projects over the past few years. As a member of Opera Fusion: New Works, he was part of the first workshops and studio recordings for Eurydice (co-commissioned by The Metropolitan Opera and Los Angeles Opera), Blind Injustice (sponsored by the Ohio Innocence Project), and The Hours (co-commissioned by The Metropolitan Opera and the Philadelphia Orchestra).

 

Victor was a four-time Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, sole recipient of the Encouragement Award in the 2017-2018 season and second place recipient in the 2021-2022 season, narrowly missing his chance to sing on the main stage. He was also a four-time Corbett Competition award winner, receiving the Seybold-Russell Award in 2018, The Corbett Award in 2019, the Corbett Opera Award in 2020, and the Andrew White Memorial Award in 2021. He was a semi-finalist in the Mildred Miller International Voice Competition in 2019. He is a proud recipient of the Richard F. Gold Career Grant from the Shoshana Foundation in 2022. He was a Tier I finalist in the James Toland Vocal Arts Competition in 2023. More recently, he was named a quarterfinalist in the 3rd Tbilisi Opera Crown, an international voice competition that takes place in Georgia every 2 years. He was a former finalist for Washington National Opera’s Cafritz Resident Artist Program and Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center. He is a former member of the prestigious Adler Fellowship Program at San Francisco Opera.

 

Driven by a voracious artistic appetite, Victor draws from many musical traditions when using the voice that God gave him. He grew up steeped in the sounds of the Baptist church, among a family of deacons, missionaries, and pastors. He views performing as a way of serving his community, while paying forward the love and support he has received.

 

When not singing or studying scores, Victor can be found making something delicious in the kitchen and chilling with his favorite feline, a black cat named Bill.

 

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