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Full biography for American mezzo Ann McMahon Quintero

And what to say about the Azucena of the American mezzo, Ann McMahon Quintero? In turn loving and sensitive, fierce and provocative, raw but generous, served by a haunting timbre throughout the tessiture, she will remain the true revelation of a show noted for its effectiveness.
— Le Soir
 Photo credit: Tim Hill

Photo credit: Tim Hill

Recent and upcoming:  In the 2017-18 season she returned to Boston Baroque as soloist in Mozart’s Requiem; appeared with The Defiant Requiem in songs dedicated to the Holocaust; joined the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in their presentation of Messiah, sang Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and with Williamsburg Symphony; Verdi Requiem with South Bend Symphony; and was The Old Lady (Candide) with Arizona Opera. For the 2018-19 season she is soloist with Boston Landmarks Orchestra in the Verdi Requiem; Southwest Florida Symphony in Verdi’s Requiem; returns to Boston Baroque as Storge in a staging of Handel’s Jephtha; and reprises Defiant Requiem's Songs of the Holocaust project.

The past few seasons have included: soloist with Berkshire Choral International in Dvořák’s Requiem and returned to Boston Baroque in their annual Messiah; soloist in Chicago and Detroit in Verdi's Requiem with the Defiant Requiem Foundation; a return to Boston Baroque in Handel's Giulio Cesare as Cornelia; soloist with Brevard Music Center under the baton of JoAnn Faletta; and returned to Berkshire Choral as soloist in the Verdi Requiem. Additionally, she made her Asian debut with Musica Viva Hong Kong as Azucena (Il trovatore) and reprised the role of Mistress Quickly (Falstaff) with OperaDelaware.

Previous operatic seasons include her role debut as Ulrica (Un ballo in maschera) with Austin Lyric Opera, a debut with the Spoleto Festival (USA) as Suor Pazienza (Mese Mariano) by Giordano, engagements with Boston Lyric Opera as Mary (Der fliegende Holländer) and Hippolyta (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Mistress Quickly with Virginia Opera and Opéra de Lausanne, Amneris (Aida), Annapolis Opera and Azucena (Il trovatore), Opéra Royal de Wallonie.

Ms. Quintero made her international operatic debut with New Israeli Opera as La Haine in Gluck’s Armide and returned to the company as Marquise Melibea (Il viaggio a Reims). She has sung Baba the Turk (The Rake’s Progress) with Angers Nantes Opera, joined Teatro alla Scala for its production of Lorin Maazel’s 1984; sang Olga Olsen (Street Scene) with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis; Isabella (L’italiana in Algeri) with Palm Beach Opera, Gertrude (Roméo et Juliette) with Toledo Opera; and Glaša (Kátya Kabanová) and Teresa (La sonnambula) with The Santa Fe Opera. Other roles include Auntie in Peter Grimes, Tisbe in La Cenerentola, and Dritte Dame in Die Zauberflöte with Washington National Opera.

CONCERT AND ORATORIO

As a featured artist, Ann McMahon Quintero appears frequently with Boston Baroque having sung Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Messiah with tours to Poland, Haydn’s Requiem in C Minor and the title role in Vivaldi’s Juditha Triumphans. She has soloed under the baton of JoAnn Falletta with the Buffalo Philharmonic in Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 and recorded Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 under her direction with the Virginia Arts Festival. In addition, she has sung numerous performances with the Defiant Requiem Foundation conducted by Murry Sidlin in New York’s David Geffen Hall and Boston Symphony Hall; performed with Charlotte, Alabama, Williamsburg and South Bend Symphonies, National Philharmonic; Cathedral Choral Society at Washington National Cathedral, Berkshire Choral Festival, Opera Orchestra of New York and was soloist with the National Endowment for the Arts Opera Honors Inaugural Awards Concert.

Honored for her artistry, Ms. Quintero is a 2006 winner of the Sara Tucker Study Grant from the Richard Tucker Music Foundation; second place winner of the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation International Vocal Competition; the George London Foundation; Sullivan Foundation and was a semi-finalist in Plácido Domingo’s Operalia. She was a 2002 Grand National Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and made her first appearance on the company’s stage in the Grand Finals Concert under the direction of the late Mr. Julius Rudel.

The artist’s 2013-14 season included her debut with Virginia Opera as Mistress Quickly in Verdi’s Falstaff and soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in a return to Boston Baroque. In the 2012-13 season, she made her debut with the Spoleto Festival (USA) as Suor Pazienza in Giordano’s Mese Mariano, returned to Boston Lyric Opera to sing Mary in Der fliegende Holländer, and sang Amneris in Aida with Annapolis Opera. Previous highlights include Azucena in Il trovatore with Opéra Royal de Wallonie; Mistress Quickly in Falstaff with Opéra de Lausanne; the Old Lady in Candide with Portland Opera; and “Mulier Samaritana” in the Virginia Arts Festival’s recording of Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, under JoAnn Falletta.

Other engagements include performances of Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Boston Lyric Opera; soloist in Verdi’s Requiem with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra; Verdi’s Requiem with the Cathedral Choral Society at Washington National Cathedral; Auntie in Peter Grimes, Tisbe in La cenerentola, and Dritte Dame in Die Zauberflöte with Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center; and Michael Haydn’s Requiem in C Minor with Boston Baroque. She also sang at the National Endowment for the Arts Opera Honors Inaugural Awards Concert.

Ms. Quintero made her international operatic debut with New Israeli Opera as La Haine in Gluck’s Armide and returned to the company as Marquise Melibea in Il viaggio a Reims. She also sang Baba the Turk in The Rake’s Progress with Angers Nantes Opera and joined Teatro alla Scala for its production of Maazel’s 1984. She joined Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as Olga Olsen in Street Scene and the company’s production of Hänsel und Gretel; Palm Beach Opera as Isabella in L’italiana in Algeri, and Toledo Opera as Gertrude in Roméo et Juliette. With Santa Fe Opera, she sang Glaša in Kátya Kabanová as well as Teresa in La sonnambula

An accomplished oratorio soloist, Ms. Quintero has appeared frequently with Boston Baroque where her performances have included the title role in Vivaldi's Juditha Triumphans, soloist in Messiah, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. She has also sung Messiah with Charlotte and Alabama symphony orchestras and the National Philharmonic; Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with Columbus Symphony; Haydn's Paukenmesse at Carnegie Hall; Dvořák’s Stabat Mater, Vivaldi’s Gloria, and Britten’s Spring Symphony with the Berkshire Choral Festival; and a concert performance of Guillaume Tell with Opera Orchestra of New York.

Ms. Quintero is a 2006 winner of the Sara Tucker Study Grant from the Richard Tucker Music Foundation as well as the second place winner of the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation International Vocal Competition. In 2005, she received both the George London Award and Sullivan Foundation Award and was a semi-finalist in Plácido Domingo's Operalia Competition in Madrid. She was a 2002 Grand National Finalist in the prestigious Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and made her first appearance on the company's stage in the Grand Finals Concert under the direction of Maestro Julius Rudel.