ARTISTIC DIRECTOR & FOUNDER
Megan Roth is an arts administrator, mezzo-soprano and violinist. She has been a promoter of the art song recital since she stepped foot into the professional arena, presenting solo art song recitals for the Chromatic Club, The Nyack Library Concert Series, The Taylor House Music Series, the Emery Bag Women’s Club, the Goethe Institute, the Old North Church of Marblehead recital series, and the ‘Wednesdays at St. John’s’ musical series, all in the New England area. Calliope’s Call, a professional art song performance group, was conceived while living in Bloomington, IN with her husband, stage combat and movement specialist, Adam McLean. Now based in New England, Megan is thrilled to share Calliope’s Call concerts with new audiences.
As an active collaborative musician, Megan has performed with several renowned national ensembles including the Grammy-winning ensemble Conspirare out of Austin, Texas, Seraphic Fire, Vox Humana, Yale Choral Artists, Cincinnati Vocal Arts Ensemble, Skylark Vocal Ensemble, and Boston Baroque. 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."
On the operatic stage, Megan has received accolades for her "rich character portrayals" and "versatile voice." Most recently, she performed in Little Women with MetroWest Opera, and was praised for her "warm and sonically sumptuous Meg." 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 with Opera del West and the cover for both Athamas and Ino in Handel’s Semele in a collaborative production between Boston Baroque and Opera Boston.
On the concert stage, Megan most recently appeared as the alto soloist in Bach’s B Minor Mass and Gretchaninov’s Passion Week, both with the Bach Chorale Singers of Lafayette, Indiana, soloist in de Falla’s El amor brujo with the New Hampshire Music Festival, alto soloist in Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes de Confessore with the Pioneer Valley Symphony and Chorus, alto soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra, and as Costanza in the rarely performed L’isola Disabitata by Haydn with the Boston Neo-Politan Chamber Orchestra.
Megan has participated in several distinguished vocal competitions, placing first in the Hannah Beaulieu Career Development Grant Competition and third in the Lakes Region Opera Competition. In 2014 Megan was a finalist in The American Prize Competition, both in the Chicago Oratorio Award and Opera Division categories. She holds an Artist Certificate in Opera and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Florida State University. Megan is also an accomplished violinist, and holds a Bachelor of Music with honor in Violin Performance from DePaul University.