Veronica Pollicino, mezzo-soprano, at Carnegie Hall with pianist David Holkeboer Photo by Tim Dwight
Praised for her beautiful “copper-toned” timbre and distinguished as a “very promising” artist by Le Devoir, American mezzo-soprano VERONICA POLLICINO is quickly establishing herself as a much sought-after emerging artist in the operatic, concert and oratorio worlds.
Up next, Veronica has been invited to compete in VOCI OLIMPICHE / OLYMPIC VOICES, a new competition for baroque voices organized by the Cariverona Foundation on a project of Andrea Marcon and implemented by the Società del Quartetto of Vicenza. This is an international Baroque opera competition which will be held at the Vicenza Teatro Olimpico from 1 to 7 November 2019.
In the summer of 2019, Veronica was invited to the Professional Program at the prestigious SONGFEST summer institute in Los Angeles, California. While at SONGFEST, Veronica performed in numerous concerts including; the Bach Cantata Institute under the direction of John Harbison; Guest Master Class with Susan Graham, The Songs of Jake Heggie concert, The Breaking of Nations: WW I & II and Recovered Voices concert, The Journey Through Schubert Lieder master series with Graham Johnson. Veronica has been awarded both a professional fellowship from SONGFEST and grant from the Art Song Foundation of Canada to help facilitate her attendance.
Veronica made her Carnegie Hall debut competing at the FINALS of the prestigious Oratorio Society of New York's Lyndon Woodside Oratorio-Solo Competition, where she was awarded the namesake LYNDON WOODSIDE AWARD. Additionally in 2019, Veronica was a Finalist in both the Giulio Gari International Vocal Competition, and the New York Lyric Opera National Voice Competition.
Veronica was awarded a full scholarship as one of only six singers selected for the Bel Canto Ornamentation Intensive at TEATRO NUOVO under the direction of noted musicologist, conductor and Bel Canto pedagogue Will Crutchfield at Opera America in New York City.
Operatic credits for Veronica have included Prince Charmant in J. Massenet’s CENDRILLON (New York Lyric Opera), the title role in G. F. Handel's ARIODANTE, Jean de Moncerf in J. Massenet’s LE PORTRAIT DE MANON, Bradamante in G.F. Handel’s ALCINA, Ciesca in the Canadian premiere of American composer Michael Ching’s opera BUOSO’S GHOST, Bertarido in G. F. Handel’s RODELINDA, and scenes as Dorabella in W.A. Mozart’s COSÌ FAN TUTTE and Vera Boronel in G. Menotti’s THE CONSUL.
Veronica has performed in public master classes with distinguished artists including Graham Johnson, Susan Graham, Kevin Murphy, Grant Gershon, Michael Schade, Daniel Cabena, Kevin Newbury, Julian Prégardien, Kathleen Kelly and Thomas Cooley.
A passionate interpreter of oratorio and concert repertoire, Veronica has recently performed with the 2018 MONTREAL BACH FESTIVAL in performances of J.S. Bach’s ST. JOHN PASSION under the direction of Julian Prégardien. In addition, Veronica has been a frequent guest soloist with the Montreal-based Cantabile Chorale and Orchestra under the direction of English conductor and composer Peter Willsher in performances including J. S. Bach’s CHRISTMAS ORATORIO, W. A. Mozart’s CORONATION MASS, J. Haydn’s LORD NELSON MASS, G.F. Handel’s MESSIAH, L. Beethoven’s MASS IN C MAJOR, OP. 86, F. Mendelssohn's ELIJAH and most recently in W.A. Mozart’s REQUIEM IN D MINOR, K. 626.
A native of New York, Veronica was raised in a family of professional opera singers and comes from deeply rooted musical traditions. Veronica holds a Masters in Opera and Voice Performance (McGill University’s Schulich School of Music), a Bachelor of Arts in Art History (McMaster University) and Performance Diploma from the Pre-College Division (Manhattan School of Music) in French Horn and Piano.
At McGill University’s Schulich School of Music, Veronica studied Voice with Stefano Algieri. Throughout her studies at McGill, Veronica coached with Olivier Godin, Stephen Hargreaves, Valerie Kinslow and Michael McMahon. Additionally, Veronica has coached with renowned artists and coaches Will Crutchfield, Kamal Khan, Margo Garrett, Alan Louis Smith, Warren Jones, Kevin Murphy, Lydia Brown, François Le Roux and Liz Upchurch.
Veronica Pollicino is currently based in New York City.
Updated October 22, 2019