Victoria Barbé

Founder of  Apothecary of Arts | Singing & Performance Specialist
MMus, BMus (Hons), PgC, LRAM, FHEA 

Victoria is an experienced performer, academic and lecturer, with 24 years of experience as a professional singer/actor and teacher of voice within the genres of musical theatre, classical singing and opera. 

Since gaining her Licentiate to teach Vocal Studies from The Royal Academy of Music in 1999, Victoria has been 'dispensing arts for the soul' through teaching and creative projects.

Further qualifications and training include an Honours Degree (2000) from the Royal Academy of Music in London, Master of Music Performance from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London (2007), Estill Voice Training with Anne-Marie Speed and The Voice Explained, PgC in Academic Practice, and keeping abreast of the latest research available in vocal science pedagogies and performance psychology through reading and presentation of research articles, and through attendance of conferences held by the Association of Teachers of Singing, British Voice Association, British Association of Performing Arts Medicine and others. Victoria holds professional membership as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and with Equity, Spotlight, the British Voice Association and the Association of Teachers of Singing.

She has taught privately with a focus on confidence building, exam and audition preparation, and across institutions in Hertfordshire, London, and Cumbria including course design and delivery for the City Literary Institute in Covent Garden and the Institute of Arts at the University of Cumbria.

Student successes include gaining places at conservatoires such as Urdang in London, Mountview Theatre Academy in London, and MIAM in Istanbul, achieving Distinctions and high grades with ABRSM Classical Singing Exams, LCM Musical Theatre Exams up to Diploma Level, successful audition preparation for professional shows, and many students she has worked with over the years now have successful performance careers.

Victoria's performances have been in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, London Palladium, St David's Hall and for Chandos Recordings and under the batons of Sir Colin Davies, John Owen Edwards and Richard Hickox. Roles played include Mimi in La Boheme, Zorah in Ruddigore for the International Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company, Mrs Beguildy in the Demo of the New Musical, Harvest Home by Bernard Irvin, Featured Singer in the Thursford Christmas Spectacular, and most recently as ‘Chorus’ for Dimitri Scarlato and Laura-Jane Foley’s short digital opera a lockdown project, A Life Reset, the performance of which, as streamed on Opera Vision, won the Rolf Liebermann Prize.

Victoria has a fully up to date Enhanced DBS registered with the Government's Update Service, and her full Bio can be accessed here.

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