Maggie Finnegan demonstrated a strong voice and noteworthy acting prowess. [Opera News]
Hailed by Opera News for her 'strong voice and noteworthy acting prowess,' Maggie Finnegan is a versatile soprano, singing repertoire spanning from medieval to contemporary. Maggie is one of the five S&R Foundation's 2016 Washington Award winners and last June she made her Kennedy Center debut as the First Prize and Audience Award winner of the Washington International Competition for Voice. Specializing in new opera, she created the role of Arrangiarsia in the world premier of Dominick DiOrio's The Little Blue One with the Juventas New Music Ensemble for which she was praised as 'the opera's most captivating musical presence.' She made her professional musical theater debut in The Sound of Music with Paper Mill Playhouse and joined the Metropolitan Opera Guild's School Touring Program of The Magic Flute bringing opera to over 2,000 children throughout the New York metro area. Maggie's 2016 opera season included premiers with Vital Opera (in Joshua Groffman's Unfinished: An Opera), The American Chamber Opera Company in New York City (as Lisa in Lisa's Room: A Dream Opera), the Center for Contemporary Opera (Louis Andriessen's Odysseus' Women/Anais Nin) and a workshop of Lembit Beecher's new opera, To Hide in a Tree of Sound (for soprano, string quartet and a multi-piece sound sculpture). This season, her solo concert appearances include performances with the Avanti Orchestra, the New Dominion Chorale, The Camerata Singers of Monterey County, The City Choir of Washington and the PyeongChang Winter Music Festival in South Korea. She was featured as a soloist in the revival of the play Extraordinary Measures, in which she worked with Tony award winning playwright/activist Eve Ensler in collaboration with the Music-Theater Group and the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care.
An avid chamber music performer and recitalist, Maggie brought her solo contemporary art song recital The Goddess Wept to the inaugural Capital Fringe Festival Chamber Music Series in Washington DC. This season she will perform recitals in Boston, Baltimore, Washington DC and New York City. She is a core member of the critically-acclaimed early and new music ensemble The Broken Consort and is a founding member of the new vocal trio The Broken Sirens. In addition to solo cabaret and recital performances, she has appeared with the LA-based performance art group My Barbarian, The Lorelei Ensemble, Musica Sacra, New York Choral Artists with the New York Philharmonic, and The Collegiate Chorale at Carnegie Hall. Professional opera ensemble appearances include Roméo et Juliette and Eugene Onegin with LA Opera, several operas with Bard Summerscape, and Boris Godunov with The Metropolitan Opera.
Maggie earned her Bachelor of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music and her Master of Music degree from Peabody Conservatory. She currently splits her time between New York City and Boston, where she shares a home with her partner and her three step-kids.
[Opera magazine, uk]
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