Virginia Sheffield, soprano, hailed for her “beautifully pure [voice], with a clear, crystalline quality” (CVNC), recently received her Master of Music in Vocal Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music. She is thrilled to return as a fellow at the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute this year studying with Dr. Marilyn Taylor.
Known for her love of diverse repertoire, Sheffield has performed roles spanning from early music to world premieres. Last season with the Fletcher Opera Institute, Sheffield sang Vitellia in "La clemenza di Tito" as well as assorted opera scenes from "Eugene Onegin," "Mefistofeles" and "A Midsummer Night’s Dream." Outside of the Institute, Sheffield made her "Messiah" debut with the Mozart Club of Winston Salem. With Eastman Opera Theater, Sheffield 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 in "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 Piedmont Opera, the Eastman School Symphony Orchestra, the Eastman Trombone Choir and the Carnegie Mellon University Choir. She is currently the Josh Hudson Choral Scholar at Centenary United Methodist Church. Sheffield received her BFA in Vocal Performance from Carnegie Mellon University in 2017.