Hailed by the Baltimore Sun in Verdian roles as “fully nuanced…warm honeyed tones and soaring regally”, Ann McMahon Quintero brings to the operatic and concert stage outstanding know-how and confidence.
This season Ms Quintero was soloist with Berkshire Choral International in Dvořák’s Requiem and returned to Boston Baroque in their annual Messiah. This spring she is soloist in Chicago and Detroit in Verdi's Requiem with the Defiant Requiem Foundation and returns to Boston Baroque in Handel's Giulio Cesare as Cornelia. In the 2017-18 season she will join the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in their presentation of Messiah.
During the 2015-16 season on the operatic stage Ms Quintero, in her Asian debut, sang engagements with Musica Viva Hong Kong as Azucena (Il trovatore) and reprised the role of Mistress Quickly (Falstaff) with OperaDelaware.
Previous operatic seasons include her role debut as Ulrica (Un ballo in maschera) with Austin Lyric Opera, a debut with the Spoleto Festival (USA) as Suor Pazienza (Mese Mariano) by Giordano, engagements with Boston Lyric Opera as Mary (Der fliegende Holländer) and Hippolyta (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Mistress Quickly with Virginia Opera and Opéra de Lausanne, Amneris (Aida) with Annapolis Opera and Azucena (Il trovatore) with Opéra Royal de Wallonie.
Ms. Quintero made her international operatic debut with New Israeli Opera as La Haine in Gluck’s Armide and returned to the company as Marquise Melibea (Il viaggio a Reims). She has sung Baba the Turk (The Rake’s Progress) with Angers Nantes Opera, joined Teatro alla Scala for its production of Lorin Maazel’s 1984; sang Olga Olsen (Street Scene) with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis; Isabella (L’italiana in Algeri) with Palm Beach Opera, Gertrude (Roméo et Juliette) with Toledo Opera; and Glaša (Kátya Kabanová) and Teresa (La sonnambula) with The Santa Fe Opera. Other roles include Auntie in Peter Grimes, Tisbe in La cenerentola, and Dritte Dame in Die Zauberflöte with Washington National Opera.
As a featured artist, Ann McMahon Quintero appears frequently with Boston Baroque having sung Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Messiah with tours to Poland, Haydn’s Requiem in C Minor and the title role in Vivaldi’s Juditha Triumphans. She has soloed under the baton of JoAnn Falletta with the Buffalo Philharmonic in Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 and recorded Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 under her direction with the Virginia Arts Festival. In addition, she has sung numerous performances with the Defiant Requiem Foundation conducted by Murry Sidlin in New York’s David Geffen Hall and Boston Symphony Hall; performed with Charlotte and Alabama symphonies, National Philharmonic; Cathedral Choral Society at Washington National Cathedral, Berkshire Choral Festival, Opera Orchestra of New York and was soloist with the National Endowment for the Arts Opera Honors Inaugural Awards Concert.
Honored for her artistry, Ms. Quintero is a 2006 winner of the Sara Tucker Study Grant from the Richard Tucker Music Foundation; second place winner of the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation International Vocal Competition; the George London Foundation; Sullivan Foundation and was a semi-finalist in Plácido Domingo’s Operalia. She was a 2002 Grand National Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and made her first appearance on the company’s stage in the Grand Finals Concert under the direction of the late MºJulius Rudel.
"Mezzo-soprano Ann McMahon Quintero, as Amneris, delivered a fully nuanced portrayal, alternately sensuously cooing in warm, honeyed tones and soaring regally in her outrage at Radames' attraction to Aida. In her Act III duet with Radames, Quintero was spellbinding and dramatically compelling as she pleaded with and berated him in her futile attempts to persuade him to love her and live." — Mary Johnson, Baltimore Sun