MAGGIE FINNEGAN

MAGGIE FINNEGAN


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Hailed by the Washington Post for her “silvery, pitch-perfect voice” and Opera News for her “strong voice and noteworthy acting prowess", Maggie Finnegan’s versatile repertoire spans genres from medieval to the contemporary. Most recently Ms. Finnegan was announced as one of the S&R 2016 Washington Foundation winners, First Place and Audience Favorite in the Washington International Competition for Voice affording her a debut at the Kennedy Center, and is the 2nd Place winner in the American Prize in Vocal Performance for Women in Opera and Operetta.


Recent and upcoming:
Projects includes premières with Vital Opera in Joshua Groffman's Unfinished: An Opera; The American Chamber Opera Company in New York City as Lisa in Lisa's Room: A Dream Opera, Center for Contemporary Opera’s presentation of Louis Andriessen's Odysseus' Women as Anaïs Nin; and Lembit Beecher's new opera, To Hide in a Tree of Sound. 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. Her solo concert appearances included performances with the Avanti Orchestra, the New Dominion Chorale, The Camerata Singers of Monterey County, Handel & Haydn Society in Bach Cantatas 36 and 147, The City Choir of Washington and the PyeongChang Winter Music Festival in South Korea; and, Beth Morrison Projects debut in Contemporaneous. This season engagements include the PermaDeath by Dan Visconti for White Snake Projects; the world première of Lembit Beecher's Sophia's Forest; The Little Prince with Opera Parallele; a duo recital with Stephanie Blythe; L'enfant et les sortilége with the Belgian National Orchestra; Boston Baroque's L'incoronazion di Poppea; and reprises her role in Odysseus’ Women at the Andriessen Festival in The Netherlands in May.

Specializing in new opera, Maggie Finnegan created the role of Arrangiarsia in the world première of Dominick DiOrio's The Little Blue One with the Juventas New Music Ensemble for which she was praised as “the opera's most captivating musical presence.” 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.

An avid chamber music performer and recitalist, Ms. Finnegan 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 early and new music ensemble The Broken Consort and is a founding member of the new vocal trio The Broken Sirens. In addition to solo cabaret and recital performances, she has appeared with the LA-based performance art group My Barbarian, The Lorelei Ensemble, Musica Sacra, New York Choral Artists with the New York Philharmonic, and The Collegiate Chorale at Carnegie Hall.

Ms. Finnegan earned her Bachelor of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music and her Master of Music degree from Peabody Conservatory.

More on Maggie Finnegan at: www.maggiefinnegansoprano.com


Reviews

"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." -- Aaron Keebaugh, Boston Classical Review, White Snake Projects/PermaDeath


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

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