maire therese carmack
MEZZO-SOPRANO


If you experienced this former Santa Fe Opera Apprentice’s performance in Carmen, you’ll love her in Faust with The Symphony. European critics are gushing with praise. “A sonorous mezzo-soprano with a seductive side,” writes klassik begeistert and “Sumptuous, dusky and lush,” says Seen and Heard International

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.”

Her 2024/25 season includes house debuts with the Lyric Opera of Chicago in Verdi’s Rigoletto (Giovanna/Maddalena cover) and Houston Grand Opera in Missy Mazzoli’s Breaking the Waves (Dodo). She will return to the Metropolitan Opera for Mozart’s The Magic Flute – Holiday Presentation (Second Lady). In concert, she will make debuts with the Oregon Bach Festival as alto soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and with UF Symphony Orchestra as alto soloist in Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony.

Maire Therese joined the Metropolitan Opera for the 2023/24 season as a member of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. She covered Fenena in Verdi’s Nabucco, made her debut in Mozart’s The Magic Flute (Second Lady), and was featured in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly (Kate Pinkerton). She also made her San Francisco Opera debut in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (Dritte Dame) and returned to Deutsche Oper Berlin to reprise Der Missmut in Rued Langgaard’s rarely performed Antikrist, which will be released on DVD in collaboration with NAXOS. 

The 2022/23 season marked Maire Therese’s European debut with Deutsche Oper Berlin, where she opened the season in the title role in Bizet’s Carmen. During her year-long tenure with the company, she was seen in Massenet’s Don Quichotte (Dulcinée), Verdi’s Rigoletto (Giovanna/Maddalena), Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (Dritte Dame), Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor (Alisa), Massenet’s Manon Lescaut (Singer), Strauss’ Salome (Page), and Langgaard’s Antikrist (Der Missmut). She also had debuts with Santa Fe Opera as a member of the Apprentice Artist Program, singing Mercédès in Bizet’s 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. 

Previously, Maire Therese 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 Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin (Olga and Larina), Mozart’s Così fan tutte (Dorabella), Handel’s Semele (Juno), Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel (Witch/Mother), Strauss’ Die Fledermaus (Prinz Orlofski), Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea (Ottavia), Donizetti’s La fille du régiment (Marquise of Berkenfield), Puccini’s Suor Angelica (La Zelatrice), Verdi’s La Traviata (Flora), Rossini’s The Barber of Seville (Berta), Daniel Schnyder’s Charlie Parker’s Yardbird (Baroness Nica), and Adam Guettel’s Light in the Piazza (Margaret Johnson).

Maire Therese 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 the winner of the Björn Eklund Scholarship from The Opera Foundation (2022), first prize winner of the Gerda Lissner Lieder and Song Competition (2023), winner of Opera Index’s Felix Popper Award (2023), two-time grant recipient from The Olga Forrai Foundation for Dramatic Voices (2023/2024), and second prize winner of the Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition (2024).

Maire Therese 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.