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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

 A true singing actor, Ann McMahon Quintero has never known a life without an audience to entertain. From her early days as a an instrumentalist, chorister and dancer, she has evolved into a mezzo-soprano who enjoys a career on the operatic and concert stage where her rich voice has been praised for "warm, honeyed tones" (Baltimore Sun), and "fully nuanced" portrayals of characters ranging from Verdi's Amneris, Azucena and Mistress Quickly to the Old Lady In Candide. In all she does, Ann McMahon Quintero brings to the stage deep intelligence, brilliant artistry and unmatched confidence.

Ms. Quintero's recent orchestral engagements have included appearances with the Boston Baroque -- with whom she frequently performs -- as soloist in Mozart’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.; Haydn’s Requiem in C minor and in their annual Messiah. She has also sung Messiah with Charlotte and Alabama symphony orchestras and the National Symphony Orchestra. She has performed as soloist for Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the Williamsburg and Columbus Symphonies and the Buffalo Philharmonic with Joann Falletta. She recorded Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 under the direction of Maestro Falletta with the Virginia Arts Festival as well.

Nationwide engagements with The Defiant Requiem Foundation performing Hours of Freedom: The Story of the Terezin Composer and the Verdi Requiem have brought Ms. Quintero to Chicago, Detroit, New York's Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, and Boston Symphony Hall. She has also performed the Verdi Requiem with the Buffalo Philharmonic, Cathedral Choral Society Washington, Brevard Music Center, Berkshire Choral, Southwest Florida Symphony and the South Bend Symphony. Also with Berkshire Choral, Ms. Quintero has performed Dvořák’s Stabat Mater and Requiem; Vivaldi’s Gloria, and Britten’s Spring Symphony.

Her recent operatic appearances have included The Old Lady (Candide) with Arizona and Portland Opera; Ulrica (Un ballo in maschera) with Austin Lyric Opera, Suor Pazienza (Giordano's Mese Mariano) with the Spoleto Festival (USA), Mary (Der fliegende Holländer) and Hippolyta (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) with Boston Lyric Opera, Mistress Quickly (Falstaff) with Virginia Opera, Opera Delaware and Opéra de Lausanne; Amneris (Aida) with Annapolis Opera; Azucena (Il trovatore) at both Musica Viva Hong Kong and Opéra Royal de Wallonie. Her operatic roles with the Boston Baroque have included the title role in Vivaldi's Juditha Triumphans; Storgé in Handel’s Jephtha and Cornelia in Handel's Giulio Cesare.

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 sang 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.

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 sang at the National Endowment for the Arts Opera Honors Inaugural Awards Concert in 2008. She was a 2002 Grand National Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and made her first appearance on the Met stage in the Grand Finals Concert with Julius Rudel.