"Remarkable soprano Maggie Finnegan managed to execute unusual vocal techniques and immaculate diction in a silvery, pitch-perfect voice."

[Anne Midgette, The Washington Post]

[bio]

 

Hailed by the Washington Post for her “silvery, pitch-perfect voice” and by Opera News for her “noteworthy acting prowess,” Maggie Finnegan is a versatile soprano, singing repertoire spanning from medieval to contemporary. Awards include the S&R Foundation's 2017 Washington Award, First Place in the Washington International Competition for Voice and second place in The American Prize for Women in Opera. Specializing in new music, she has sung premieres with White Snake Projects (PermaDeath: A Video Game Opera), the {Re}Happening Festival, the Juventas New Music Ensemble, The American Chamber Opera Company, Vital Opera and the Center for Contemporary Opera. Career highlights include The Sound of Music with Paper Mill Playhouse, The Metropolitan Opera Guild's School Touring Program, and performing as a soloist in the revival of the play Extraordinary Measures, in which she worked with tony award winning playwright/activist Eve Ensler.

An avid concert performer and recitalist, Maggie made her international concert debut at the PyeongChang Winter Music Festival in South Korea. Recent concert appearances include performances with Beth Morrison Projects, the Avanti Orchestra, the Capital Fringe Festival Chamber Series, The New Dominion Chorale, the City Choir of Washington, Boston Lyric Opera Signature Series, the Handel and Haydn Society and the Halcyon Stage. She is a core member of the critically acclaimed chamber ensemble The Broken Consort. This Spring The Broken Consort presented the world premiere of Movement 12 from Maggie's new work Reassemble With Care, a composed and devised song cycle for amplified soprano and chamber ensemble.

This season includes Maggie's European Operatic debut in L'Enfant et les Sortileges with the Belgian National Orchestra and BOZAR, her Amsterdam and Rotterdam debuts in Louis Andriessien's Odysseus' Women / Anais Nin, the world premiere of Dan Visconti’s PermaDeath: A Video Game Opera, her Boston Baroque debut (L'incoronazione di Poppea) and a duo recital with Mezzo-Soprano Stephanie Blythe.

Maggie earned her Bachelor of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music, her Master of Music degree from Peabody Conservatory and honed her opera improvisation skills at the Opera Works Advanced Artist Program in Los Angeles. She currently splits her time between New York City and Boston, where she shares a home with her partner and three step-kids. 

 

[Performance Reel]

 

[Press]

As Sonny in the world premiere of PermaDeath: A Video Game Opera with White Snake Projects

“As Sonny, Maggie Finnegan sang with a soft but nimble coloratura that floated effortlessly in her plaintive cry in the final scene, where she sacrifices her life to save Apollo. Finnegan’s acting made Sonny an especially sympathetic figure as she struggled with her disease and over the fear of losing her friend.”

[Boston Classical Review]

“The wheelchair-bound Sonny [was] sung with crisp excellence by soprano Maggie Finnegan”

[The Boston Globe]

“Maggie Finnegan (Sonny) [had a] delicate, yet expressive soprano, precisely tempered in its upper ranges.”

[Boston Music Intelligencer]

 Photo: Kathy Wittman

Photo: Kathy Wittman

 

As The Water in Rachel Portman's The Little Prince (Opera Parallele)

"The Water, Maggie Finnegan, performed with precise and lovable art."  [Opera Wire]

"Maggie Finnegan deployed her flowing voice nicely as the Water." [San Francisco Classical Voice]

 

Halcyon Stage presents Lembit Beecher, the Aizuri Quartet and Soprano Maggie Finnegan

"Remarkable soprano Maggie Finnegan managed to execute unusual vocal techniques and immaculate diction in a silvery, pitch-perfect voice." [The Washington Post, Anne Midgette]

 

As Soloist with the Camerata Singers of Monterey County

"Her first song was the Felix Mendelssohn Grant, O Lord, thy grace unbounded exhibiting an evenness and controlled soaring ability"

"Behind The Clouds [Abbie Betinis], displayed her wide range and ability to convey hope, peace, joy, and love."[Peninsula Reviews]

 

As Nausicaa in Odysseus' Women/ Anais Nin (Center for Contemporary Opera)

"Maggie Finnegan had a strong voice and noteworthy acting prowess" [Opera News]

"Superlative..." [Opera Magazine (UK)]

"Astonishing ... Dazzling." [New Music Connoisseur]

 

The 2016 Washington International Competition for Voice

“She blew the competition completely out of the water” [Bob Shafer, City Choir of Washington]

 

As Arrangiarsia in the world premiere of Dominick DiOrio's The Little Blue One (Juventas New Music Ensemble)

“Azzurina's feisty alter-ego, Arrangiarsia, was the incendiary behind much of the action and the opera's most capitivating musical presence. Maggie Finnegan was confident and delightfully spry in the role of Arrangiarsia. Her focused soprano dispatched the impish melodies with precise articulation and, as the driving force behind azzurina's undoing, her crystal tone took on chillingly derisive overtones.” [The Boston Examiner]

 

“...brilliantly sung by coloratura Maggie Finnegan...”  [Boston Music Intelligencer]

 

As Anne Sexton in Transformations (Peabody Chamber Opera)

“Maggie Finnegan was especially impressive in the central role of the opera, depicting the poet herself (cigarette and martini at the ready) and some characters from the stories; Her singing had an admirable tonal purity and textural clarity.” [The Baltimore Sun]

[projects]

[Reassemble With Care] 

Reassemble With Care  is a staged song cycle for amplified soprano and chamber ensemble. The cycle is made up of composed music by Dominick DiOrio, spoken word and improvised music, all set to text by Maggie Finnegan. The poetry is inspired by Maggie's own experience with sexual harassment and assault.  

[more about me]


For me, life's greatest thrill is discovering new ways to unleash my inner artist. Singing is a huge part of that for me, and I am constantly pushing myself out of my comfort zone in search of new ways to create art. In my truest form, I am still that theater kid who feels magic in the split second before stepping out into the lights, and I am proud to say that I’ve grown up into someone who also gets a thrill out of making a powerful sound, both in volume and in connection to the emotional life of the character I’m portraying.
I love the East Coast, but I always have my home state California in my soul. My heart says yes to art museums, improvising art songs, brew pubs, yoga, my beautiful circle of friends, redwood forests, the Pacific Ocean and spontaneous kitchen dance parties with my partner and his kids. 

If you feel inspired to collaborate or connect with me in any way [through music, conversation, yoga, visual art or anything else] please reach out to me on my [Contact] Page. 

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