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

[Anne Midgette, The Washington Post]

[official 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 Competition. Specializing in new opera, this season she sang in the world premiere of Lembit Beecher's opera Sophia's Forest in collaboration with the ExCITe Center at Drexel University, performed Paola Prestini's Body Maps with Fresh Squeezed Opera and made her Opera Parallele debut in Rachel Portman's The Little Prince.  This December she made her Handel and Haydn Society solo debut at Jordan Hall, singing the soprano arias in Bach Cantatas 36 and 147.  Past seasons included premiers with Vital Opera, The American Chamber Opera Company in New York City and the Center for Contemporary Opera in Louis Andriessen's Odysseus' Women/Anais Nin.  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. Her recent concert appearances include performances with the Avanti Orchestra, the New Dominion Chorale, The Camerata Singers of Monterey County, The City Choir of Washington, the Handel and Haydn Society 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 will perform the U.S. Premiere of Jacob TV's Van Grote en Kleine Vogels (for soprano and soundtrack) at the {Re}Happening Festival at Black Mountain College, North Carolina. Last season she performed recitals in Boston, Baltimore and New York City and brought her solo contemporary art song recital The Goddess Wept to the inaugural Capital Fringe Festival Chamber Music Series in Washington DC.  She is a core member of the critically acclaimed chamber group The Broken Consort and is featured on the world premiere recording of composer Emily Lau's Opus One & Two.   Maggie honed her improvisation skills at the Opera Works Advanced Artist Program and has since then made improv a regular practice in her performing career. 

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.

 

[Performance Reel]

 

[Press]

 

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 rape.  Tax deductible donations can be made through Fractured Atlas.  

[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. Singing is many things for me, but first and foremost it is primal and mysterious. These qualities make singing my perfect catalyst for self expression.

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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