Praised for his bright voice and perfect tone quality, Victor Cardamone has garnered much attention and critical acclaim over the last few years, and continues to do so. His “sweet tenor” is equally known for its “power and ringing high notes.” In response to his diverse acting skillset, he has been described as “a perfect foil,” “hilarious,” “ideal in the romantic moments,” and “the stuff of nightmares.” Victor earned his Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree from Youngstown State University, receiving a double major in applied voice and French horn. He took additional coursework at Ball State University, where he served as a graduate teaching assistant in the voice department, before transferring to the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music and earning his Master of Music in Vocal Performance degree. He is currently pursuing the Artist Diploma in Opera Studies at CCM.
Victor has bowed with Opera Western Reserve, the Warren Philharmonic, New Castle Lyric Opera, Asheville Lyric Opera, Brevard Music Center, Cincinnati Opera, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra (Charleston, South Carolina), Wolf Trap Opera, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. He has portrayed both leading and supporting roles, performed in several scenes programs and for various community outreach events, and sung in his fair share of choruses. As an advocate and champion of new music, he has lent his voice to a number of significant projects. He was involved with Westminster College’s (New Wilmington, Pennsylvania) production of Katharina von Bora, which was one of only twenty-six operas premiered in 2015 worldwide. As a member of Opera Fusion: New Works, he was part of the first workshops/studio recordings for Eurydice (co-sponsored by The Metropolitan Opera and Los Angeles Opera) and Blind Injustice.
Victor is a two-time Central Region Finalist at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and was sole recipient of the Encouragement Award in 2017. He was a finalist last year for Washington National Opera’s Cafritz Resident Artist Program. This upcoming summer, he will be returning to San Francisco Opera’s Merolini Apprentice Artist Program. When not singing, he can be found cuddling his favorite feline, a black cat named Bill.