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Maureen O'Flynn

Principal Artist Teacher


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Acclaimed singer/actress Maureen O’Flynn has enjoyed a more than 28 year international career singing leading soprano roles in virtually every major opera house in the world including the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna Staatsoper, La Scala, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Hamburg Opera, Opera Bilbao, Minnesota Opera, New York City Opera, and the Maggio Musicale di Firenze.

She has garnered enthusiastic praise from critics, peers, and audiences not only for her brilliant, soaring voice, but also for her dramatic interpretation. Of her Violetta in La Traviata, Richard Dyer of the Boston Globe called her “a complete and compelling singing actress”. After her opening night performance at the Metropolitan Opera of Juliette in Romeo and Juliet, The New York times said the soprano “…won a deserved ovation from the audience”, and Variety exclaimed “…not only a superb technician, with a full coloratura arsenal at her disposal, but a sensitive interpreter”.

Miss O’Flynn is regarded as one of the finest interpreters of Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto, having performed the role with the Metropolitan Opera under the baton of Placido Domingo, the Arena di Verona, La Fenice, Covent Garden, Houston Grand Opera, Dallas Opera, San Diego Opera, San Carlo Teatro in Napoli, Genova, the New Israeli Opera, The Israel Philharmonic, Opera Company of Philadelphia, and the Teatro Massimo in Palermo.

In addition to Violetta and Gilda, Miss O’Flynn has sung more than 35 operatic roles including Mimi in La Boheme, Magda in La Rondine, Massenet’s Manon, Lucia di Lammermoor, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Maguerite in Faust, Elvira in I Puritani, Amina in La Sonnambula, and Leila in Le Pecheurs de Perles. She has sung under the batons of Riccardo Muti, James Conlon, Antonio Pappano, Leonard Slatkin, Julius Rudel, Marco Armiliato, Maurizio Benini, Bertrand de Billy, Anton Coppola, and Placido Domingo. She has shared the stage with colleagues Renee Fleming, Samuel Ramey, Marcello Giordani, Marcello Alvarez, Leo Nucci, Denyce Graves, Jerry Hadley, Nicolai Ghiarov, Ramon Vargas, Fernando de la Mora, and Natalie Dessay.

Musical theatre roles include Guenevere in Camelot, Eliza in My Fair Lady, Desiree in A Little Night Music, and Jenny in Company.

Still an active performer in concert, recital, musical, and straight theatre, Miss O’Flynn lives in her beloved Berkshires with her husband, bass baritone Claude Corbeil.