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
Clare Longendyke is a passionate soloist, collaborator, and chamber musician recognized for her colorful musicality and ability to interpret repertoires across the musical spectrum. Clare has performed solo and chamber music recitals in Europe and across the United States. She has won 1st place prizes in the Philharmonic Society of Arlington’s Young Artist Competition (MA), Schubert Club of Minnesota's Scholarship Competition, the National Society of Arts & Letters Instrumental Competition (IN), and 2nd place in the SIYAO Instrumental Competition (IL). She made her orchestral debut in 2012 as the winner of the Indiana University Piano Concerto Competition.
Clare has been a featured soloist in the Fazioli Piano Series (Los Angeles) and the Silvermine Artist Series (Connecticut), as well as in chamber music performances on NPR’s Performance Today with violinist Timothy Kantor. A champion of new music performance, Clare has been a member of the IU, Norfolk, and Holographic New Music Ensembles, and was the Piano Fellow at the New Music on the Point Festival (VT) from 2013–2016. In 2015, Clare collaborated with Los Angeles saxophonist Andrew Harrison to record a CD of entirely new works for saxophone and piano entitled "In the City" (currently available on iTunes and CD Baby). That same year, she joined Calliope’s Call as the Administrative Director and pianist. Clare is also the co-founder and pianist of the CT:2 Duo, a clarinet and piano duo with Cincinnati-based clarinetist Andrea Vos-Rochefort.
Clare has degrees from the Boston University College of Fine Arts, the École Normale de Musique (Paris, France), and the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She currently lives in Bloomington, Indiana, where she is pursuing a Doctorate of Music at IU as a student of Karen Shaw. Clare teaches as a Lecturer of Music in Piano at Franklin College (IN) and an Associate Instructor of Piano at Indiana University. www.clarelongendyke.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.
MEGAN ROTH, mezzo-soprano
Megan Roth, Mezzo-Soprano is an avid singer of opera, oratorio, and art song genres. Recently she received praise for her “warm and sonically sumptuous Meg” while performing Little Women with MetroWest Opera. Additional recent engagements showcasing her diverse range include singing as a featured soloist in Aaron Copland’s In the Beginning, Handel’s Dixit Dominus, a Bach B Minor Mass and Gretchaninov Passion Week, de Falla’s El amor brujo, and as a collaborator with Nugent Dance at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Megan delights in performing for organizations in her current home state of Massachusetts, while maintaining an active career as an ensemble singer with groups such as: Conspirare, Skylark Vocal Ensemble, Lorelei Ensemble, The Thirteen, Yale Choral Artists, Cincinnati Vocal Arts Ensemble, and Vox Humana.
On the operatic stage, Megan has received accolades for her “rich character portrayals” and “versatile voice.” Favorite roles include Dorabella in Così fan tutte and Woman in the Jazz Trio of Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti with Boston Midsummer Opera, Angelina in La Cenerentola with Opera del West, Amélie in La Grande Duchesse de Gérolstein, Francisca in Maria Padilla and Beatrice (cover) in Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict all with Opera Boston.
Megan has been the soloist in Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, Handel’s Messiah, Vivaldi’s Gloria & Magnificat, Mozart’s Regina Coeli and Credo Mass, Bach’s Magnificat, the Duruflé Requiem, Mozart’s Requiem and Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, selections from Bach’s Weihnacht’s Oratorium, the Haydn Missa Cellensis, Zelenka’s Magnificat, and the Preatorius Puer natus in Bethlehem.
Ms. Roth holds an Artist Certificate in Opera and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Florida State University. Megan happens to also be an accomplished violinist, and holds a Bachelor of Music - with honor in Violin Performance from DePaul University. www.meganroth.com