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.
CLARE LONGENDYKE, piano
Hailed a “superlative pianist,” (Journal of the IAWM), Clare Longendyke is a passionate soloist and chamber musician recognized for her colorful musicality, technical fluency, and ability to interpret repertoires across the musical spectrum. Clare has performed solo and chamber music recitals across Europe and North America and has won 1st place prizes in national competitions in Minnesota, Indiana, Illinois, and Massachusetts. She made her orchestral debut in 2012 performing Bartók’s 3rd Piano Concerto with the Indiana University Concert Orchestra.
Clare has been a featured soloist in the Fazioli Piano Series (Los Angeles) and the Silvermine Artist Series (Connecticut), as well as in performances on American Public Media’s Performance Today. An active performer of new music, she has premiered of over 75 new works since 2012. Clare is a founding member of the CT:2 Clarinet and Piano Duo, the Uproar Duo, the Longendyke/Wollman Viola and Piano Duo, and she is the pianist and Administrative Director of Calliope’s Call, a Boston-based art song performance group. Through her solo and ensemble work, she has worked with and performed the music of living composers Joan Tower, Frederic Rzewski, Tom Cipullo, and Joseph Schwantner, among many others.
In 2017, Clare performed Chopin’s Piano Concerto in E minor with the Arlington Philharmonic Orchestra (Massachusetts) and Orlando Cela, conductor. Upcoming engagements include solo recital tours in San Francisco and Boston, and performances of Joan Tower’s Piano Concerto with orchestras in Indiana and Iowa in celebration of the composer’s 80th birthday. Clare holds degrees from the Boston University College of Fine Arts, the École Normale de Musique in Paris, France, and the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She currently lives in Indianapolis, where she is completing a Doctorate of Music at Indiana University. Clare is Lecturer of Music in Piano at Franklin College. www.clarelongendyke.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.
MEGAN ROTH, mezzo-soprano
Known for her “rich character portrayals” and “versatile voice,” mezzo-soprano Megan Roth enjoys a varied career performing opera, oratorio, art song, and chamber music, with repertoire spanning from early to contemporary music.
Most recently, Megan performed the role of Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Summer Garden Opera in Virgina and as Meg in Little Women with MassOpera, where she was praised for her “warm and sonically sumptuous Meg.” Other recent engagements include soloist in Copland’s In the Beginning with Vox Humana in Dallas, Texas, Handel’s Messiah with the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra, and Dixit Dominus with the Metropolitan Chorale.
On the operatic stage, Megan made her debut with Boston Midsummer Opera as Dorabella in Così fan tutte and was invited back to sing the Woman in the Jazz Trio of Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti, where she was praised for her “lovely singing” and for being “most at home with her Andrews-Sisteresque routines.” She reprised the role of Dorabella with Opera Providence the subsequent season. With Opera Boston, Megan sang the role of Francisca in Maria Padilla and covered Beatrice in Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict, after her debut the previous season as Amélie in La Grande Duchesse de Gérolstein. Other favorite roles include Angelina in La Cenerentola, Costanza in the rarely performed L’isola Disabitata by Haydn, and Sesto in Giulio Cesare.
Highlights of her solo concert performances include Bach’s B Minor Mass, Magnificat and Weihnacht’s Oratorium, Gretchaninov’s Passion Week, de Falla’s El amor brujo, Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes de Confessore and Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria & Magnificat, and Duruflé Requiem. Megan was a 2014 finalist in The American Prize Competition, both in the Chicago Oratorio Award and Opera Division categories.
As an active chamber musician, Megan performs with several renowned national ensembles including the GRAMMY® winning ensemble Conspirare out of Austin, Texas, GRAMMY® True Concord and Seraphic Fire, Skylark Vocal Ensemble, Lorelei Ensemble, Yale Choral Artists, Cincinnati Vocal Arts Ensemble, and The Thirteen. She also relishes collaborations with other artistic mediums and recently performed as guest artist with the Contemporary Dance Theatre at Indiana University and in a reprise performance with Nugent Dance at the Indianapolis Museum of Art performing Per te lascai la luce by Handel. She was also invited to give voice to the otherwise silent character Octavia in Britannicus, a play by Jean Racine at the American Repertory Theatre (A.R.T.), where she was acclaimed for “her gorgeously sung arias that act as haunting respites in this gripping drama.”
Ms. Roth holds an Artist Certificate in Opera and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Florida State University. Ms. Roth is also an accomplished violinist, and holds a Bachelor of Music with honor in Violin Performance from DePaul University. www.meganroth.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