Internationally acclaimed performing and recording artist, Maureen O’Flynn, garners enthusiastic praise from critics, peers and audiences, not only for her brilliant, soaring voice but also for her dramatic interpretations. Of her Violetta in Traviata, Richard Dyer of the Boston Globe wrote, “soprano Maureen O’Flynn is a complete and compelling singing actress.” Of an opening night performance of Roméo et Juliette at the Metropolitan Opera, The New York Times said the soprano “won a deserved ovation from the audience,” and Variety exclaimed, “not only a superb technician, with the full coloratura arsenal at her disposal, but a sensitive interpreter.” Her recent first Despina was praised as having “enough sass and smarts to steal more than her share of scenes.” (Arizona Star), and her Cherubino was proclaimed by Opera News as “no cowering boy but a randy post-pubescent, ready to take on authority figures or the needs of a woman.” When she performed the role of Almirena in Handel’s Rinaldo with the Berkshire Opera, the New York Times wrote, “her wrenching account of the lament “Lascia ch’io panga” was the evenings high point.”
Ms. O’Flynn is regarded as one of the finest interpreters of Gilda in Rigoletto, performing the role with the Metropolitan Opera under the baton of Plácido Domingo, Arena di Verona, Covent Garden, La Fenice, Genoa, Italy, Teatro Massimo in Palermo, San Carlo, Naples, Houston Grand Opera, San Diego Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, New Israeli Opera, the Israel Philharmonic, and debuted with Dallas Opera, winning the company’s Callas Award as “Outstanding New Artist of the Year.”
Over the past few seasons, noted engagements included Magda in La Rondine and Juliette in Roméo et Juliette at the Metropolitan Opera; Blue Fairy in the premiere of Pinocchio, Violetta in La Traviata and Elena in Donna del Lago with the Minnesota Opera; Micaela in Carmen and Marguerite in Faust with Portland Opera; Juliette in Roméo et Juliette with L’Opera de Montreal; Leila in Les Pêcheurs des Perles with Florida Grand Opera; Amina in La Sonnambula with Teatro Cervantes; Pat Nixon in Nixon in China with Cincinnati Opera; Marguerite in Faust with Opera Carolina; Despina in Cosi Fan Tutte with the Arizona Opera; and Mimi in La Bohème with the Minnesota Orchestra and the Indianapolis Opera.
Upcoming operatic engagements include Gilda in Rigoletto with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra in March of 2012, and again with the Minnesota Orchestra in July 2012, and a return to Indianapolis Opera for Marguerite in Faust in the Spring of 2012.