MEET THE ARTISTS OF CALLIOPE’S CALL
MAGGIE FINNEGAN, soprano
Hailed by Opera News for her 'strong voice and noteworthy acting prowess,' Maggie Finnegan is a versatile soprano, singing repertoire spanning from medieval to contemporary. Maggie is one of the five S&R Foundation's 2016 Washington Award winners and last June she made her Kennedy Center debut as the First Prize and Audience Award winner of the Washington International Competition for Voice. Specializing in new opera, this season she will sing in the world premiere of Lembit Beecher's Sophia's Forest in collaboration with the ExCITe Center at Drexel University and will make her Opera Parallele debut in Rachel Portman's The Little Prince. Last season included premieres with The American Chamber Opera Company (Lisa's Room: A Dream),Vital Opera (Unfinished: An Opera) and the Center for Contemporary Opera in Louis Andriessen's Odysseus' Women/Anais Nin at National Sawdust. 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. 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, Maggie recently brought her solo recital The Goddess Wept: An Evening of Contemporary American Art Song to the inaugural Capital Fringe Festival Chamber Series in Washington DC. Last season she performed solo recitals in Washington DC, Baltimore, New York and Boston. Her recent concert appearances include performances with the Avanti Orchestra, The New Dominion Chorale, the City Choir of Washington, the Camerata Singers of Monterey County, the Halcyon Stage and the Pyeongchang Winter Music Festival in South Korea. Please visit her at www.maggiefinnegansoprano.com.
LAURA MERCADO-WRIGHT, mezzo-soprano
Nominated for a Grammy® Award in 2015, Mezzo soprano Laura Mercado-Wright has been lauded by The New York Times as “superb”, “dramatically astute” and “stunningly agile”.
Ms. Mercado-Wright performed the world-premiere of Charles Wuorinen's cantata It Happens Like This, a role she has reprised multiple times, including in 2015 at Carnegie Hall with The MET Chamber Ensemble under the baton of Maestro James Levine.
As a member of the Grammy® Award-winning vocal ensemble Conspirare, she has performed as a soloist on numerous occasions, and can be heard on the Harmonia Mundi label recording of two recent releases - Considering Matthew Shepard, and The Poet Sings: Pablo Neruda.
She has appeared in performance with the MET Chamber Orchestra, the Boston Pops with Keith Lockhart, Tanglewood Music Festival, Ensemble Signal, Convergence Ensemble, Austin New Music Co-op, Voices of Change, Fort Worth Opera, Santa Fe Concert Association, Alamo City Opera, Fort Worth Symphony, Plano Symphony, Voces Intimae, The Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth, Cliburn at the Modern, Utah Festival Opera, Austin Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles New Music Festival with Southwest Chamber Ensemble, and the Slee Sinfonietta.
Recent engagements include Alto Soloist in Mozart’s Requiem with the Austin Symphony Orchestra, and as a featured soloist in Considering Matthew Shepard, a new American oratorio by Craig Hella Johnson that was filmed and recorded for PBS, and presented at Boston’s Symphony Hall. She also performed the the west coast premiere of Toshio Hosokawa’s one-woman opera, The Raven as part of the L.A. International New Music Festival.
Laura is a native of San Antonio, TX and received degrees from the University of North Texas (B.M.) and the University of Maryland Opera Studio (M.M.).www.lauramercadowright.com
DAVID MCFERRIN, baritone
Hailed by the Miami Herald for a “voice of seductive beauty,” baritone David McFerrin has won critical acclaim in a variety of repertoire. His opera credits include Santa Fe Opera, Seattle Opera, Florida Grand Opera, the Rossini Festival in Germany, and numerous roles with Boston Lyric Opera. As a concert soloist he has sung with the Cleveland Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, and Boston Pops, and in recital at the Caramoor, Ravinia, and Marlboro Festivals. Last season Mr. McFerrin was a featured Adams Fellow at the Carmel Bach Festival in California; debuted with the Vermont Symphony and Boston’s groundbreaking chamber orchestra, A Far Cry; and appeared with the Handel and Haydn Society in Boston, Canada, and California. He was also runner-up in the Oratorio Society of New York's 2016 Lyndon Woodside Solo Competition, the premier contest for this repertoire. This year’s highlights included solo appearances with the Handel and Haydn Society in performances of Bach and the Monteverdi Vespers, a debut with Boston Baroque as Achilla in Handel’s Giulio Cesare, and various programs with the renaissance group Blue Heron.