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I’m thrilled to share my first Opera News review of a lead role. Endless thanks to Daniela Candillari, Dan Visconti, Cerise Jacobs, Nick Netos and the whole Permadeath team!

“As Sonny, soprano Maggie Finnegan had the evening’s most taxing role, both vocally and dramatically… but Finnegan’s clear, poised and defiant soprano executed Visconti’s challenges with panache, winning a good measure of sympathy for her character.”

[Opera News]

Photo: Kathy Wittman

Photo: Kathy Wittman



[Song-SLAM Festival]

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Last weekend I had the honor to premiere Scott Gendel’s new song cycle Grandma’s Kitchen with pianist Dan Overly. I shared the evening with Stephanie Blythe and Alan Louis Smith who premiered Of That So Sweet Imprisonment by Juliana Hall. I was thrilled to have some of my favorite people in the audience, including my amazing mom, my friend Steffanie, my partner Derek and my best friend Rachel. It’s weekends like this that renew my commitment and enthusiasm for the art of Song. I’m going to be glowing from this experience for a long time to come.

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Rehearsing with Scott Overly at the DiMenna Center, Cary Hall

Rehearsing with Scott Overly at the DiMenna Center, Cary Hall

[Opera News]

I’m thrilled to have my photo featured in an Opera News article entitled “New Kids on the Block” about Beth Morrison Projects and the Next Generation competition at National Sawdust in NYC. I performed excerpts from Waves & Lines by the incomparable Gemma Peacocke.

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Photo Credit: Noah Stern Weber

[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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Le Feu & La Princesse

Rehearsal images with costumes by Sabina Kumeling.

Grand-Place de Bruxelles

Grand-Place de Bruxelles

[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.

Video reel featuring “Entreat me not to leave thee”

My photo is in the same Hong Kong Opera magazine article as the blue opera singer from the Fifth Element. I have now MADE IT, Y'ALL. Nice shout-out, White Snake Projects#GoTeamPermaDeath #GETPUMPED Thank you Ken Smith!

[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.