Aurora Woman has lead in Lyric Opera's "Carmen"
March 20th, 2006
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By Kathy Millen staff writer
Aurora resident Viktoria Vizin has performed around the world in some of the greatest Operas ever written.But she also likes to sing the praises of the local YMCA. On March 18th, she will perform a fundraising concert at the Morton Arboretum to benefit the Heritage YMCA’s Strong Kids Campaign.
Her love of music goes back to her own childhood. The youngest of five sisters, Vizin was born and raised in Hungary. Recognizing her talents, her parents sent her to a special school with a focus on music using an instruction method developed by composer Zoltan Kodaly. She won her lead role in a theater production at the age of 11 and began taking vocal training a few years later. She studied music education, opera singing, and conducting at a university in Szeged, Hungary, and also took private lessons at a drama school in Budapest. She earned her masters degree and Ph.D. in musicology at a university in Romania. During that time she also won her first international singing competition which helped launch her professional career. Beginning in 1996 she preformed in operas throughout Europe and in the United States. She has played the female lead roles in “Barber of Seville”, “Falstaff”, “Carmen” , Italian girl in Algiers”, and “the Queen of Spades”. Currently she is in rehearsals for her lead role in “Carmen” which will run March 9 to 25 at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Vizin who speaks seven languages first came to Chicago as a visitor six years ago. There she met her husband, Ricardo Esquivel. They have been married four years and have two children, Carmen and Daniel. Moving to the far east side of Aurora, she joined the Heritage YMCA where she enjoys not only working out but sharing her musical talents. She recently began teaching a new class,” fabulous fours”, a music based program for children ages 3 ½ to 4, using the Kodaly method of her childhood. But she also likes to sing the praises of an area YMCA.
On March 18, she will perform a fundraising concert at Morton Arboretum to benefit the Heritage YMCA's Strong Kids Campaign. "I loved being here and just working out or even just relaxing (at the Y)," she said. "If I want my own time, I just sit down here and read. Then I saw the programs, and there was something missing, like music, and I offered it and they said why not? Let's try."
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Who: Opera singer Viktoria Vizin.
What: To help Heritage YMCA Strong Kids Campaign.
Where: Morton Arboretum's Thornhill Center in Lisle.
When: Saturday, March 18, 6:30 p.m. reception followed by dinner at 7:30 and
performance at 9 p.m.
Tickets: $500 a couple or $250 a person. Corporate tables of eight available for
$2,000. Call Heritage YMCA vice president Walter Johnson at (630) 420-8242