Victoria Rapanan, Mezzo-soprano Zwischenfach, has taught voice for 26 years, and has been an active performer and student of voice for most of her life. A Filipino-American and native of Brooklyn, New York, Victoria’s earliest studies began at the Brooklyn School of Music, where she started studying voice, piano and acting at the age of 8. Having been a featured soloist since she was a child, her career path was clear.
Victoria’s extensive range and artistry allow her to sing music of diverse genres - from Soprano to Mezzo-soprano classical repertoire, including coloratura; to musical theater, jazz and pop. She has performed roles with many opera companies, including Pamina in The Magic Flute; Clorinda in La Cenerentola; the Mother, Gretel, and the Sandman in Hansel & Gretel; Despina in Cosi Fan Tutte; and Poussette in Manon. Musical theater credits include Elsa Schraeder and Sister Margharetta in The Sound of Music; Suli in The Song of Survival; and Mary Turner in Of Thee I Sing. She has also been a featured international soloist in oratorios and concerts with choirs and orchestras, including Handel’s Messiah Sing, Poulenc’s Mass in G, and Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, as well as a concert soloist in Italy, the Philippines and Thailand. She was a semi-finalist in the International Music Competition sponsored by the San Francisco Concerto Orchestra. Victoria’s singing has been described as “rich”, “lights up a room with her voice”, and as one critic printed, “a breath of fresh air”. True to her love of cross-training, she is also a frequent soloist in jazz, pop, rock and R&B concerts.
Victoria’s lifelong pursuit of vocal technique has spanned from receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music (California State University), graduate study, to training with some of the finest teachers and coaches in the world. She trained and apprenticed under the renowned vocal pedagogue, Maestro David Jones, and continued perfecting her technique with Dr. Mark Goodrich and Dr. Julia Nielsen. A true crossover artist, she has studied popular contemporary technique and styles with the renowned Lisa Popeil (Voiceworks training); "Coach to the Stars", Ron Browning; Levels I, II and III of Somatic Voicework™, the LoVetri method at the Contemporary Commercial Music Vocal Pedagogy Institute at Shenandoah University; and Levels 1 and 2 of Estill Voice International. Victoria is deeply rooted in the traditional and proper technique of the Old Italian School of Singing, with the Swedish influence, as well as cross-training into "edgy", contemporary commercial styles.
Victoria Rapanan's private vocal studio is located in Pleasant Hill, CA (30 minutes east of San Francisco). She also teaches group classes and is an Adjunct Professor of Voice at Diablo Valley College. In addition, Victoria is an annual guest instructor in Bangkok, Thailand and Manila, Philippines. She was also on the faculty of the International Lyric Academy in Italy.
The voice is always changing, and a good singer and teacher never stops learning. It is for this reason that Victoria Rapanan still continues to sing and study voice, always inspiring her students with her knowledge and experience.
Victoria is a member and past President/ Vice President of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter.