MARY ANN STEWART – soprano
Mary Ann Stewart began 2015-16 by singing the title role of Tobias Picker’s Thérèse Raquin with Long Beach Opera and Chicago Opera Theater followed by Adriano in Rienzi with the National Philharmonic and the soprano soloist in the Fauré Requiem at Carnegie Hall.
Other notable engagements include a “…firm and moving Madame Lidoine” according to Zachary Woolfe of The New York Times in Dialogues des Carmélites as well as the title role in Ariadne auf Naxos, Lady Macbeth in Macbeth and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni all with dell'Arte Opera Ensemble. She has also sung Adalgisa in Norma conducted by Yves Abel for her Bilbao Opera (ABAO-OLBE) debut, Miss Jessel in The Turn of the Screw at the Festival de Opera de Tenerife, Brangäne in Tristan und Isolde with Virginia Opera, Giovanna Seymour in Anna Bolena with Opera Orchestra of New York, excerpts from Macbeth (Lady Macbeth), Un ballo in maschera (Amelia), La forza del destino (Leonora) and Falstaff (Alice) in a series of staged Verdi concerts with Lyric Opera of Virginia and Agathe in Der Freischütz with Utopia Opera. Mezzo roles have included the Sixth Flowermaiden in Parsifal, Siegrune in Die Walküre and Idamante in Idomeneo with Washington National Opera, Stéphano in Roméo et Juliette with the Macau Opera Festival as well as Bilbao Opera (ABAO-OLBE), The Secretary in The Consul with Opera Boston, Isolier in Le Comte Ory with the Opéra Royal de Wallonie conducted by Alberto Zedda and Festival de Opera de Tenerife, Urbain in Les Huguenots with Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México, Old Lady in Candide at the Teatro Argentina in Rome with Euro Festivale Mediterraneo, the title role in Carmen with Opera in the Heights, Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Opéra de Nice and Rose 3 in Jonathan Sheffer’s Off Broadway premiere of Blood on the Dining Room Floor with the WPA Theater. One of her greatest thrills was singing the Opera Angel in Gift of Angels II – The Song of an Angel at Universal Studios Japan for three consecutive seasons.
Some highlights of Mary Ann’s concert engagements include Beethoven’s Mass in C at Carnegie Hall, Handel’s Messiah at both Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis at Lehigh University, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor at Lincoln Center, Ravel’s Schéhérazade in Salerno, Italy, excerpts from Don Carlo (Eboli) in a Verdi Gala conducted by Eve Queler at Carnegie Hall and Manuel de Falla’s Siete Canciones with Morales Dance Company.
She has had the pleasure to work with conductors Yves Abel, Josep Caballé-Domenech, Jacques Delacôte, John DeMain, Plácido Domingo, Arthur Fagen, Christopher Fecteau, Heinz Fricke, Piotr Gajewski, Steven Jarvi, Peter Mark, John Massaro, Andreas Mitisek, Steven Osgood, Victor Pablo Pérez, Eve Queler, Gil Rose, Alberto Zedda and David Zinman, as well as directors Arnaud Bernard, Ken Cazan, Paul-Émile Fourny, Francesca Gilpin, Lillian Groag, Leon Major, John Pascoe, Francesco Torrigiani, Mariusz Treliński and Francesca Zambello.
Mary Ann is a grant recipient of The Olga Forrai Foundation.
“…major operatic talent...intelligence, emotive power and a fine precision in the meaningful projection of words”
The Washington Post
“Mary Ann Stewart’s performance is a feast for the eyes and ears of all Bel Canto lovers”
Grenz Echo Redakton