CONCERT

The Kansas City Star recently wrote about her presence on the concert stage, “Soprano Victoria Botero is one of Kansas City’s most passionate and caring performers. A concert by Botero is more than just a recital of beautiful songs, it’s a reflection on the human condition.”

In concert and recital work Victoria enjoys collaborating with many different artists and ensembles. In symphonic music she has performed with the Tulsa, St. Joseph, and Washburn Symphonies. In the fall of 2019 she makes her debut with the Kansas City Symphony in Postcards from the Americas. Recent concert works include Bernstein's rarely heard cantata Songfest in Saratoga Springs, NY, and a series of concerts featuring Mozart repertoire with performances of the Requiem, Concert Arias, and the Vesperae solennes de confessore. She was delighted to join Sony/BMG artists, The Priests, from Northern Ireland in a program of sacred classical music on their 2018 North American tour.

Victoria’s interest in musicology led her to form The Cecilia Series, critically acclaimed concerts that explores the intersectionality of art music and the contemporary concerns of women and people of color. Her research has been supported by a Lighton International Artist Exchange residency in Milan to develop a program based on the music of Barbara Strozzi under the direction of renowned lutenist, Paul Beier. She has also received grants from Arts KC and the Sosland Foundation for The Music of Susan Kander. Programs to date:

  • La Serenissima - The lives and loves of 17th c. Venetian composers Barbara Strozzi and Benedetto Ferrari.

  • Morena - The traditional music and intertwined history of Sephardic Jewish, Arabic Muslim, and Armenian Christian women.

  • The Music of Susan Kander - A retrospective of this significant living American composer, including the world premiere of “Eavesdropping”, a song cycle commissioned especially for Victoria based on the poetry of Michelle Boisseau.

Other performances include Musica Secreta: The Three Ladies of Ferrara with the Jewell Early Music Summer Festival, and multiple programs from the Spanish Baroque era with Sunflower Baroque, Bach Aria Soloists, and Ensemble Ibérica. She recorded Un ramo de vozwith art, folk and popular songs from around the world for voice and classical guitar.  In film and television Victoria was part of Homecoming: An Evening with Virgil T filmed for future broadcast on PBS featuring the music of Virgil Thompson. She can also be heard on the soundtrack of the short film, Devotion .

PRESS

In recital

Soprano Victoria Botero is one of Kansas City’s most passionate and caring performers. A concert by Botero is more than just a recital of beautiful songs, it’s a reflection on the human condition
— Kansas City Star, January 2019
Botero sang sensitively and expressively in no fewer than six languages … Keenly sensitive to every nuance of expression, Botero had the audience in her hands…The Botero-Bledsoe version [of Bachianas brasileiras No. 5] is virtually the equal of any performance this audience member has heard in concert or on recordings by internationally famous artists.
— KC Metropolis
Botero and Bledsoe are a match made in heaven. Bledsoe is a local treasure who can play everything from flamenco to Johann Sebastian Bach, and Botero’s lustrous voice charms audiences whether she is singing baroque sacred music, opera or Latin American art songs.
— Kansas City Star
Beau Bledsoe and Victoria Botero bring a winning combination of European art song, tango and fiery Latin American forms. Botero is a soprano who has performed with many opera companies, but she also has a natural feel for the music of Latin America. When she and Beau find a groove, things sizzle.
— Kansas City Star

Gala, LOOK Musical Theatre  (Tulsa)

Soprano Victoria Botero and members of the Tulsa Symphony and Light Opera Oklahoma orchestras performed a musical tribute from The Mikado that spoke of a woman’s beauty. The memorial received a lengthy standing ovation from everyone in the room.
— Tulsa World

Christmas in Song, Quality Hill Playhouse

The voice of operatic soprano Victoria Botero lifted the entire show. Botero gets only three true solos — “Christmas Cometh Caroling,” “Gesu Bambino” and “The Peace Carol” — but her superior vocal abilities lifted the ensemble numbers to new heights. As a patron to my right said after the curtain call, “She’s a soprano’s soprano.”
— Kansas City Star
As usual, Barnhart’s piano accompanies one opera-trained dazzler (Victoria Botero, this time). Often, the opera singer comes out determined to blast faces to putty, but Botero prizes beauty over booming. As she soloed on “The Peace Carol,” a mellow awe settled over the crowd.
— The Pitch Kansas City
But the real revelation is Botero. Her beautiful, crystal clear soprano is perfectly suited for of the plaintive “Gesu Bambino” by Fredrick H. Martens and Pietro Yon.
— KC Community News

Kilmore CarolsEnsemble Ibérica

The Spanish influence could be heard in the beautiful harmonization between the baroque cello and fiddle played below soprano’s Victoria Botero’s captivating voice. Ye Sons of Men with Me Rejoice brought a drone in the baroque cello with fiddler Betse Ellis singing in a folksy alto Arkansas twang. Her voice was juxtaposed against the pure operatic tone of Botero’s soprano voice.  
— KC Metropolis

I've Got A Crush On You, Quality Hill Playhouse

Victoria Botero’s rich soprano blends seamlessly into the ensemble, but presents her songs in much the way they were originally heard in Broadway theaters before amplification. The warmth of her sound comes from her operatic training, how she supports the sound through posture, breath control, and how the sound is made to resonate through the facial mask. It is a treat to hear this pure opera singer back down a bit to sing the popular songbook.
— Broadway World
Returning to Quality Hill for this show, Victoria Botero performed several solos to amaze the audience with her beautiful, melodic soprano voice.
— KC Applauds