[L'Enfant et les Sortilèges]

This week I’m making my European Operatic Debut in L’Enfant et les Sortilèges in a co-production between BOZAR and the Belgian National Orchestra. Jorinde Keesmaat directs and Otto Tausk conducts! I perform vocal fireworks as Le Feu, La Princesse and Le Rossignol.

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Rehearsal images with costumes by Sabina Kumeling.

[The Little Prince]

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I’m so excited to be back in San Francisco singing in Opera Parallele’s production of The Little Prince! I’m playing the role of The Water again, and this year I get to try out a new fancy light-weight parachute skirt!

Join us for shows December 7-9 at the Marine’s Memorial Theater in downtown San Francisco.

My three looks for the show… The Water / The Rose / Ensemble Look

 Water in the 2017 production of Opera Parallele’s The Little Prince. Artwork by Matt Kish.

Water in the 2017 production of Opera Parallele’s The Little Prince. Artwork by Matt Kish.

Yesterday stage director Brian Staufenbiel tried out The Water’s new parachute skirt during the San Francisco Girls Chorus warm up session!

I had a fantastic time working with the Opera Parallele Outreach team this week!

San Francisco has some of the most beautiful views! I am so proud to be from here :)

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 Views from Coit Tower

Views from Coit Tower

[PermaDeath: A Video Game Opera]

I joined Dan Visconti and Cerise Jacobs’ PermaDeath: A Video Game Opera two days before the first rehearsal when the lead soprano had to drop out and from that moment on, it’s been a non-stop wild ride! Check out our promo video and if you’re in Boston, come see the show at the Cutler Majestic Theatre on September 27-19th at 8pm.

[THE REVIEWS]

[Boston Classical Review]

“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.”

[The Boston Globe]

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

[Boston Music Intelligencer]

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

Final Dress photos by Kathy Wittman

iPhone video footage from the final dress rehearsal by composer Dan Visconti

Shooting on a green screen / Rehearsal on stage at the Cutler Majestic Theatre

 The view from the stage of the Cutler Majestic Theatre in downtown Boston.

The view from the stage of the Cutler Majestic Theatre in downtown Boston.

[Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar]

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I am currently a singing Fellow at the Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar working on contemporary American art song in Potsdam, NY. I am spending the week singing and working with Stephanie Blythe, Alan Smith, composer Juliana Hall and 8 other fellows. Here is a video of my portion of the first master class with pianist Tatiana Lokhina. You can view the performances and master classes on the Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar Facebook page. 

[Calliope's Call]

This weekend we had a fantastic American art song recital with Calliope's Call! I was privileged to perform Late Summer by Tom Cipullo, along with a song from Juliana Hall's cycle Syllables of Velvet, Sentences of Plush.  Getting to perform incredible music like this with such world class musicians is one of the great joys of my life, and having the composers present sent me absolutely over the moon! Congrats to everyone involved! 

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