Pianist Victoria Kirsch curates and performs a wide range of text-based musical programs in a variety of local, regional and national venues. She creates exhibit-based concerts at local museums, including the USC Fisher Museum, where she has presented yearly concerts as part of the campus-wide Visions and Voices program since 2004. A recipient of a Chairman’s Grant from former NEA chair Dana Gioia, she has recently co-created the first of several collaborative programs: This, and My Heart, a theatrical concert piece based on the works of Emily Dickinson. She serves as music director of both the Los Angeles-based Operetta Foundation, which presents staged concerts of rare operetta gems, and Opera Arts, a Coachella Valley-based organization featuring operatic concerts with piano and orchestra.
In 1998, Victoria began an extensive collaboration with Julia Migenes (Carmen in the 1984 film with Plácido Domingo), playing for two of the celebrated soprano’s shows, Diva on the Verge and Franz Schubert. Ms. Kirsch has played Diva on the Verge at L’Opéra Comique in Paris, the Peacock Theatre in London, L’Opéra de Monté Carlo in Monaco, Hawaii, San Francisco and the East coast, in addition to sold-out runs at the Odyssey Theatre in West Los Angeles. Recent Diva tours have included shows in Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Recent tours of Franz Schubert have included Los Angeles, Greece, Turkey and New Caledonia. In 2003, she joined Ms. Migenes for a concert at the Fez Festival of Sacred Music, and joined the soprano for concert galas in Paris and Los Angeles.
An active recitalist, Victoria collaborates frequently with a number of Southern California-based opera singers, including Anne Marie Ketchum, Suzan Hanson, Shana Blake Hill, Brian Asawa, Nmon Ford, Cedric Berry, Roberto Perlas Gomez and Dean Elzinga. She has performed on numerous local and regional chamber music series, including Beach=Culture at the Annenberg Beach House in Santa Monica, Sundays Live at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Grand Performances at California Plaza, Jacaranda in Santa Monica and the Brand Library Music Series in Glendale. She is the music director-pianist for two Southern California-based vocal organizations, the Operetta Foundation and Opera Arts.
Victoria has been a répétiteur/chorusmaster/assistant conductor for Los Angeles Opera, Long Beach Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Opera Santa Barbara and Mississippi Opera, among others. She has been a popular teaching artist for LA Operas Education and Community Programs Department, covering over 25 operas for the company’s Opera for Educators and LA Opera 90012 programs. She served as an official audition pianist for Plácido Domingo’s Operalia competition (2000 and 2004) and the Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Auditions (1999-2003), among others.
Victoria was a vocal faculty member of the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music from 2000 to 2003, and she has been a faculty member of the Malibu-based SongFest since 2007. She served on the vocal faculty of the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara from 1987-1992, playing in the studio of renowned baritone and master teacher Martial Singher.