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 (Le Devoir/Montréal) with "wonderful stage presence and vocal generosity" (Revue L'Opéra/Montréal), American-Canadian mezzo-soprano VERONICA POLLICINO is quickly establishing herself as a distinctive vocal artist in the operatic, concert and oratorio worlds.
Veronica made her CARNEGIE HALL Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage debut as the mezzo-soprano soloist in G.F. Handel’s MESSIAH presented by Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY). The New York Concert Review stated that, "Mezzo-soprano Veronica Pollicino did beautifully with “Behold, a virgin shall conceive” and “O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion.” She especially impressed this listener with her refinement. Mezzos can easily emerge as overly dominant in this piece, but not so here. Her voice was ample to project through the hall, but without being overbearing."
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Veronica made her film debut in a collaboration with world renowned visual artist STEPHEN TALASNIK and celebrated filmmaker HAMID SHAMS in DEFYING GRAVITY, a 40 minute documentary exploring the more current relationship of art making to conditions surrounded by the pandemic and how this period influenced the creative process. This film was produced in part by the Colburn School and Tippet Rise Art Center. The film was released in October 2021 and is now available worldwide.
In 2019, Veronica was invited to the Professional Program at the SONGFEST 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.
Veronica made her Carnegie Hall debut competing in the Oratorio Society of New York's Lyndon Woodside Oratorio-Solo Competition, where she was AWARDED the LYNDON WOODSIDE ENCOURAGEMENT AWARD. Additionally, 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.
A passionate interpreter of oratorio and concert repertoire, Veronica has performed with the 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 favorite guest soloist of the esteemed Montreal-based Cantabile Chorale and Orchestra 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 Music of 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.
Veronica Pollicino is a jury member of the Charleston International Music Competition (2022).
Furthermore, Veronica has been selected to participate on behalf of the United States in the 2023 Cohort of The Global Leaders Institute for Arts Innovation as one of 60 rising collaborative arts leaders from around the world. This participation culminated in a Master of Business Administration degree in Arts Entrepreneurship.
September 18, 2023