Last month I had the privilege of being a part of the premiere of a fantastic new opera based on the Spanish play En La Ardiente Oscuridad. The beautiful and haunting music was written by Omar Najmi and Brendon Shapiro and Katy Early teamed up to music and stage direct the piece. It was a fantastic experience and I can’t wait to see where this show goes next.
For the past two weeks I had the privilege of reviving the Center of Contemporary Opera’s production of Louis Andriessen’s Odysseus’ Women + Anais Nin. We rehearsed our show in Amsterdam and opened at the Operadagen festival in Rotterdam. Our next two shows were at Amsterdam’s Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ as a part of Andriessen-fest, celebrating the composer’s 80th birthday. I had the honor of working again with director Jorinde Keesmaat and making new friends with the members of the Nieuw Amsterdams Peil ensemble. From exploring the gorgeous city of Amsterdam to diving into this incredible piece again, this trip was a dream come true.
I had an amazing time exploring Amsterdam. Highlights included ALL THE CHEESE, open air markets, stroopwaffles, a canal boat cruise, and living on a house boat!
This news is more personal than professional, but I am just too excited not to share that about a month ago, I welcomed Henry Jones Jr. into my home! He is an adult male ghost motley corn snake and I adopted him from Jabberwock Reptiles in Winchester, MA. Because I’m already totally obsessed with him, you can follow him on his very own instagram account @HenryJonesJrHiss. If you’re an Indiana Jones enthusiast like I am, you may have already connected the dogs, but he is named after the title character who is famously afraid of snakes :) Please follow Henry to keep up with his antics (corn snakes are famously adventurous and sneaky).
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.”
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.
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.
Photo Credit: Noah Stern Weber
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.
Le Feu & La Princesse
Rehearsal images with costumes by Sabina Kumeling.