This season marks Ms. Carmack's debuts with
The Metropolitan Opera and San Francisco Opera and a return to Deutsche Oper Berlin.
American mezzo-soprano Maire Therese Carmack, Third Prize winner at the 2022 Operalia World Opera Competition, has been praised by Opera News for her "deep mezzo and vibrant metallic timbre" and for “taking focus by her very presence.”
Ms. Carmack joins the Metropolitan Opera for the 2023/24 season as a member of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. She covers Fenena in Nabucco, makes her debut in The Magic Flute (Second Lady), and is featured in Madama Butterfly (Kate Pinkerton). This season she also makes her San Francisco Opera debut in Die Zauberflöte (Dritte Dame) and returns to Deutsche Oper Berlin to reprise Der Missmut in Rued Langgaard’s rarely performed Antikrist which will be released on DVD in a collaboration with NAXOS.
The 2022/23 season marked Ms. Carmack’s European debut with Deutsche Oper Berlin, where she opened the season in the title role of Carmen. During her year-long tenure with the company, she was seen in Don Quichotte (Dulcinée), Rigoletto (Giovanna/Maddalena), Die Zauberflöte (Dritte Dame), Lucia di Lammermoor (Alisa), Manon Lescaut (Singer), Salome (Page), and Antikrist (Der Missmut). She also had debuts with Santa Fe Opera as a member of the Apprentice Artist Program, singing Mercédès in Carmen and performing as a soloist in the world premiere of David Henry Hwang and Huang Ruo's M. Butterfly 蝴蝶君, and with the Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra as a soloist in Bach’s Matthäus-Passion under the baton of Christoph Koncz.
In the 2021/22 season, Ms. Carmack debuted with the Glimmerglass Festival in Die Zauberflöte (Dritte Dame), Songbird (Celeste), and as a featured soloist in “Gods and Mortals,” a concert celebrating the works of Richard Wagner. She then reprised Dritte Dame with Pittsburgh Opera and debuted with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as a soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony under the baton of Manfred Honeck.
Previously, 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. She also created the role of Mezzosopran in the world premiere of Arne Gieshoff and Franziska Angerer’s Bär*in at the Deutche Oper Berlin’s Tischlerei. Additional credits include Eugene Onegin (Olga and Larina), Così fan tutte (Dorabella), Semele (Juno), Hänsel und Gretel (Witch/Mother), Die Fledermaus (Prinz Orlofski), L’incoronazione di Poppea (Ottavia), La fille du régiment (Marquise of Berkenfield), Suor Angelica (La Zelatrice), La traviata (Flora), The Barber of Seville (Berta), Charlie Parker’s Yardbird (Baroness Nica), and Light in the Piazza (Margaret Johnson).
Ms. Carmack is an alum of the Palm Beach Opera Bailey Apprentice Artist Program, the Glimmerglass Festival Young Artists Program, the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program for Singers, and the Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist Program. She is a first prize winner of the Rochester International Vocal Competition (2019), winner of the Björn Eklund Scholarship from The Opera Foundation (2022), recipient of a grant from The Olga Forrai Foundation for Dramatic Voices (2023), first prize winner of the Gerda Lissner Lieder and Song Competition (2023), and winner of Opera Index's Felix Popper Award (2023). Ms. Carmack holds a Master of Music in Voice Performance and Literature (with honors) from the Eastman School of Music, as well as Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Philosophy and Visual and Performing Arts (summa cum laude) from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.