THE CHOIR AUDITION WAS AN AFTERTHOUGHT.
ONE OF HILL HALL'S PET PUPILS,
It can be the high point, the turning point or the low point in a college career: The Phone Call Home to the folks who have invested pieces of
their hearts and maybe their savings in
the fledgling's future. Got to be sensitive
The aspiring opera star chooses her
words economically. She speaks precisely,
with sterling elocution. She is conscious
of every syllable, every inflection.
"Deddy, I ain't gon' be no lawyer. I'm
gonna be a sanger."
Terrific, Jerry Livengood must have
thought. All the promise ofa solid career
in a respected profession tossed aside
because some freshman adviser told her
to take one more course and she could've
taken anything but she went and did The
Sound of Music for the choir director and
now she's offon some lark where did we
Vickie Livengood ' 83, sanger, meet
Victoria Livengood, the Dixie Diva. Hang
on, Vickie. It's a long way to the top, and
we're taking the express. Voice, acting.
Italian, Russian, French, Spanish and Latin.
Boston. New York: The Audition.
SHE WENT OFF TO BE A MEZZO-SOPRANO
AND LEFT HER HEART ON THE FARM.
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Work hard, absorb, absorb. All the doors
opening right in front of us.
Seattle, Santiago, Charleston, Calgary,
St. Louis, Salzburg, Cincinnati, Cologne,
Atlanta, Edmonton. Carnegie Hall!
A different city/countlY every month.
Not on a lark, Dad, just singing like one.
Basement of The M et just looks like
the waiting room- it's the stage door,
Vickie, and how about helping me shove
it open. Dalila, Cherubino, Giulietta,
Orlofski, Sesto, Maddalena, Preziosilla.
"A house favorite."
Cannen! A hundred Cannens.
Old alma mater wants us back home to
receive an award. Honored. We'll be out
ofmakeup in the wee hours and on the
plane at dawn. Can we sing the national
anthem at the football game? Always
wanted to do that.
A long, strong tether
It is 1991, and Vickie is all alone in
Nice, France, on the eve of Victoria's
European debut. She has taken a break in
the middle of rehearsals for a Mozart
opera- a day offin Monte Carlo, and
she's climbing all those steps to Princess
Grace's castle. There's something tugging
at her gut, and this time it's not just the
farn1 in Davidson County and Carolyn
and Jeny and Steve Livengood.
Next morning she's rushed to the hospi-
tal, her appendix all but rupturing. "Mon
Dieux. C'est terrible," the doctors say.
You talk about flying solo- Victoria
knows how to cry in six languages, but
Vickie calmot talk them into sending her
to the States. The phone line to the family
is a nullion nllles long.
Opposite: Victoria Livengood, Dixie diva.
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