Senior Artist Teacher
Biography: Acclaimed performing and recording artist Maureen O'Flynn garners enthusiastic praise from critics, peers and audiences on both sides of the Atlantic. Of a recent opening night performance of Roméo et Juliette at the Metropolitan Opera, The New York Times said the soprano "...won a deserved ovation from the audience," and Variety exclaims, "...not only a superb technician, with the full coloratura arsenal at her disposal, but a sensitive interpreter." As one of Musical America's coveted "Artists to Watch," Ms. O'Flynn is regarded as one of the finest interpreters of Gilda in Rigoletto. She has performed the role with the Metropolitan Opera under the baton of Plácido Domingo, Arena di Verona, Covent Garden, La Fenice, Genoa, Italy, Teatro Massimo in Palermo, San Carlo, Naples, Houston Grand Opera, San Diego Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, New Israeli Opera, the Israel Philharmonic, and debuted with Dallas Opera, winning the company's Callas Award as "Outstanding New Artist of the Year."
Upcoming engagements include Mimi in La Boheme at the Metropolitan Opera and Violetta in La Traviata with the Indianapolis Opera. Recent engagements include Marguerite in Faust with Opera Carolina and Fresno Grand Opera, Blue Fairy in Pinocchio with the Minnesota Opera, a return to the Metropolitan Opera to where she sang Magda in La Rondine, and her role debut as Despina in Cosi fan Tutte with the Arizona Opera. Engagements from the 2007-2008 Season include Micaela in Carmen with Portland Opera, Juliette in Roméo et Juliette with L'Opera de Montreal, Leila in Les pêcheurs des perles with Florida Grand Opera, and Violetta in La Traviata with the Minnesota Orchestra. Engagements in the 2006-2007 Season included Juliette in Roméo et Juliette at the Metropolitan Opera, Amina in La Sonnambula with Teatro Cervantes, Elena in Donna del Lago with Minnesota Opera, Marguerite in Faust with Portland Opera, Pat Nixon in Nixon in China with Cincinnati Opera, and Mimi in La Bohème with the Minnesota Orchestra.
Other recent noted performances include Nanetta in Falstaff in her La Scala debut with Mo. Riccardo Muti, which was recorded on SONY, and Violetta in La Traviata with the Metropolitan Opera, Hamburg Staatsoper, Palacio Festivales in Santander, Spain, Portland Opera, Dallas Symphony, MET Opera in the Parks and Opera Company of Philadelphia. In addition, she has recently performed Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow with Minnesota Opera, Amina in La Sonnambula at the Opera de la Coruna, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni at the Santander Festival, I Puritani at the Deutche Oper Berlin, Konstanze in Abduction from the Seraglio with Opera Omaha, the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor in Trieste, Tokyo and with Florida Grand Opera, The heroines in The Tales of Hoffmann at Calgary Opera, Leila in Les Pêcheurs des Perles with the Michigan Opera Theatre, Micaela in Carmen with the Metropolitan Opera, and the Soprano Soloist in Vaughn Williams A Sea Symphony with the Milwaukee Symphony.
She performed recitals for the Wexford Festival and the Richard Tucker Gala Concert at Avery Fisher Hall, which was broadcast nationally on PBS with an all-star cast including Barbara Dever, Denyce Graves, Jerry Hadley and Samuel Ramey. In addition, she performed in Grand Opera's Greatest Hits with the Opera Company of Philadelphia, Broadways Greatest Hits with Jerry Hadley with the Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Broadway great Paul Gemignani, a gala concert with Nicola Ghiaurov, conducted by Riccardo Muti and has appeared as the honored soloist for the televised Christmas Midnight Mass at New York City's famed St. Patrick's Cathedral Additional work in this repertoire includes Gorecki's Symphony No. 3 with the Orchestra 2001 in Philadelphia, Rossini Stabat Mater with the Tokyo Shinsei Symphony, Amenaide in Tancredi at Carnegie Hall with the Opera Orchestra of New York, as well as Mahler's Symphony No. 4, Mozart's Exultate, Jubilate!, Mass in C, Coronation Mass and Requiem Mass; Fauré's Requiem and Handel's Alexander's Feast, Judas Maccabeus and Psalm 112. She has been awarded prizes by two of opera's most prestigious organizations: The Richard Tucker Foundation Grant and the Opera Index First Prize, and is a frequent guest artist for the Tucker Foundation concerts worldwide.