Maire Therese Carmack
American mezzo-soprano Maire Therese Carmack has been praised by Opera News for her “deep mezzo and vibrant metallic timbre” and “taking focus by her very presence.”
The 2022/2023 season marks an exciting European debut for Ms. Carmack with Deutsche Oper Berlin, where she opens the season in the title role of Carmen. During her year-long tenure with the company, Ms. Carmack can be seen in Rigoletto (Giovanna/Maddalena), Die Zauberflöte (Dritte Dame), Les contes d’Hoffmann (La Voix), Lucia di Lammermoor (Alisa), Manon Lescaut (Singer), and Antikrist (Der Missmut). This season, Ms. Carmack also joins the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Artist Program, covering Mercédès in Carmen, makes her Heinz Hall debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as the mezzo soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, under the baton of Maestro Manfred Honeck, and participates in Renée Fleming’s SongStudio at Carnegie Hall.Read more
Ms. Carmack is an alum of the Palm Beach Opera Bailey Apprentice Artist Program, The Glimmerglass Festival Young Artists Program, and the Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist Program. Her role and cover credits include Olga and Larina in Eugene Onegin, Dorabella in Così fan tutte, Juno in Semele, the Witch/Mother in Hänsel und Gretel, Prinz Orlofski in Die Fledermaus, Empress Ottavia in L’incoronazione di Poppea, Marquise of Berkenfield in La fille du régiment, Mercédès in Carmen, La Zelatrice in Suor Angelica, Flora in La traviata, Berta in The Barber of Seville, Baroness Nica in Charlie Parker’s Yardbird, Margaret Johnson in Light in the Piazza, and Celeste in Songbird.
A champion of classic repertoire and new works, Ms. Carmack performed the role of Prima Donna in the world premiere of Philip Blackburn’s multimedia hyper-opera The Sun Palace, which became a 60-minute Indie film that premiered at New York’s Anthology Film Archives. In a collaboration with Parisian composer Jean Luc Lenoir, she presented the American premiere of “Songs of the Hebrides”: a collection of Hebridean Gaelic folk songs arranged for voice and ensemble.
A force in competition, Ms. Carmack won the Minnesota District of the Metropolitan Opera Eric and Dominique Laffont Competition, followed by an encouragement award in the Upper Midwest Region (2022). She is a winner of the Björn Eklund Scholarship from The Opera Foundation (2022), winner of the Glenn and Ginger Flournoy Award in the Mary J. Smith Singer of the Year Competition (2022), winner of the Florida District of the Laffont Competition followed by third place in the Gulf Coast Region (2020), first place winner of the Rochester International Voice Competition (2019), encouragement award winner in the Gerda Lissner Foundation Lieder/Song Competition (2019), a finalist in the Opera Index Vocal Competition (2019), a semi-finalist in the Lotte Lenya Competition (2018), and a second place winner of the Friends of Eastman Opera Aria Competition (2018). Ms. Carmack holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Philosophy and Music from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, summa cum laude (2016) and a Master of Music in Voice Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music, with honors (2018).
“The most impressive of the cast vocally was Maire Therese Carmack as the malevolent Juno. Her deep, contralto-ish mezzo has a vibrant metallic timbre that maintains its quality into the higher range. She used her wide coloristic range to expressive advantage, whether in the commanding, “Hence, Iris, hence away” (another Handel hit tune), the cajoling “Behold in this mirror” or the viciously jubilant “Above measure is the pleasure.” An imposing figure onstage, Carmack can take focus by her very presence.”
“As Baroness Nica, Maire Therese Carmack’s voice, a stand-up-and-take-notice, dark, commanding mezzo-soprano, made you do just that.”
“Maire Therese Carmack was imperious as Juno, dispatching ‘Hence, Iris, hence away’ with bravura.”