Virginia Sheffield

SopranoA.J. Fletcher Opera Institute
Virginia Sheffield

Virginia Sheffield, soprano, recently received her Master of Music in Vocal Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music where she studied with Anthony Dean Griffey. This season, she is thrilled to sing the roles of Vitellia in Mozart’s "La clemenza di Tito" and Madame Lisette Raquin in Picker’s "Thérèse Raquin" as a fellow at the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute. 

Known for her love of diverse repertoire, Sheffield has performed roles spanning from early music to world premieres. With Eastman Opera Theater, she performed the roles of Donna Anna in "Don Giovanni" and Signora Naccarelli in "The Light in the Piazza." Other favorite roles include Rosalinda in "Die Fledermaus," Diana "La Calisto" and the titular role in Tchaikovsky’s "Iolanta." Sheffield debuted the role of Florence in "The Women on the Wall," a two-woman opera produced in a special collaboration between Carnegie Mellon University and Pittsburgh Opera.  

Sheffield received the 2019 Mitzi Koo Award, traveling to Vancouver to make her Canadian debut. As a soloist, she has appeared with the Eastman School Symphony Orchestra, the Eastman Trombone Choir and the Carnegie Mellon University Choir. Sheffield received her B.F.A. in Vocal Performance from Carnegie Mellon University in 2017. She is s student of Dr. Marilyn Taylor.

Education

M.M. Vocal Performance and LiteratureEastman School of Music

B.F.A. Vocal PerformanceCarnegie Mellon University