Mary Ann McCormick
Mezzo-Soprano
New England First Place Winner 1990

Mary Ann McCormick, who has recently joined the voice faculty at New England Conservatory of Music, will return to the Met in the 2015-2016 season as a Serving Woman in Elektra and Giovanna in Rigoletto after appearing there last spring as Giovanna in Ernani. Also on her calendar: a New Year’s Eve Gala featuring Mahler’s “Rückert Lieder” and the trio from Der Rosenkavalier (as Octavian) with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, “Messiah” with the new Choral Society of New York, and Bach’s “St. Matthew’s Passion” with the Hudson Valley Singers. Concert highlights last season included Mahler’s “Das Lied von der Erde” with the Montclair University Chamber Orchestra, Beethoven’s “Missa Solemnis” with the New Choral Society of New York, and an Opera Gala at the Portland (OR) Summer Fest.

 

In her home town of Pittsburgh, Mary Ann began to play the piano by ear at seven, and by ten was studying with a college professor from Carnegie Mellon University. She became aware of her vocal potential as a high school senior while a piano major at a magnet school for the arts in Pittsburgh, and quickly added voice to her studies. The mezzo went on to the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester and pursued graduate studies at the New England Conservatory of Music. At the age of twenty-five, Mary Ann sang her first lead role, Rossini's La Cenerentola, at Boston Lyric Opera, and in 1991 made her Met debut in the ensemble of The Ghosts of Versailles. Now in her twenty-fifth year on the Met roster, Mary Ann has sung in 107 performances with the company, in roles including as Soeur Mathilde in their recent mounting of Dialogues of the Carmelites and Grimgerde in their 2011 production of Die Walküre in the Met’s new Ring cycle, which won the Grammy award for Best Opera Recording of 2012.

 

A frequent guest of other companies, Mary Ann has appeared at Lyric Opera of Chicago, most recently as Suzuki in Madama Butterfly;at The Santa Fe Opera as Ni Gui-Zhen in the 2014 North American Premiere of Huang Ruo’s Dr. Sun Yat Sen andas Dorabella in Cosi fan Tutte; and with Boston Lyric Opera as Siebel in Faust, Nicklausse in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, and the Minsk Woman in Jonathan Dove’s Flight, a role she also took on at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis along with other major assignments in Massenet’s Cendrillon, Dvorak’s The Devil and KateMadama Butterfly, Ariadne auf Naxos, and the world premiere of Peter Ash’s The Golden Ticket, based on the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Mary Ann has also appeared as Nefertiti in Phillip Glass' Akhnaten with the Atlanta Opera, Dorabella with the Pittsburgh Opera and Berkshire Opera, Suzuki and Hänsel with Opera Colorado, and Suzuki with Minnesota Opera. Abroad, In recent seasons she made debuts with both Teatro la Fenice in Die Walküre and Teatro dell’Opera di Roma as Priyamvada in Alfano’s Sakuntala. The mezzo has also appeared with Opera Ireland (Olga in Eugene Onegin, Giulietta in Les Contes d’Hoffmann), La Scala (Isabella in L’italiana in Algeri), the Teatro Regio Torino (Azucena in Il trovatore), the Opéra National de Paris (First Maid in Elektra), and the Teatro Comunale di Bologna (Maddelena in Rigoletto). Mary Ann has also been Carmen with Theater St. Gallen in Switzerland, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Teatro Regio di Torino and the Staatsoper Stuttgart among others, and has taken part in orchestral concerts with major orchestras and performed solo recitals throughout the world.

 

Awarded a Special Prize in the 1998 Tchaikovsky competition for the best Tchaikovsky performance, Mary Ann McCormick has also received a George London Foundation Award, a Pope Foundation Opera Award, a Richard Tucker Music Foundation Career Grant, the Boston Opera Association Young Artist Grant, William Matthews Sullivan Grants, and an Opera Index Career Grant. She was also the First Place Winner of the Seventh Annual Jesse Kneisel Lieder Comby the Richard Gaddes Fund for Young Singers

 

 

 

Read more about Ms. McCormick on her website.

 

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