photography by Kristin Hoebermann
American soprano Mary Feminear’s voice has been described as “luminous…full of longing and sensual promise” by the Wall Street Journal and by the New York Times as showing “versatility [as Magdalene] in her sorrowing and then in her transcendent joy.” Ms. Feminear’s engagements in the 2018-19 season included a return to Grand Théâtre de Genève in the 2018-19 season as Micaëla in Carmen and concerts with Maryland Lyric Opera where she appeared as Donna Elvira and Susanna. Engagements for the 2017-18 season included Zerlina in Don Giovanni at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, Ginevra in a workshop of Handel’s Ariodante at the Opera Omaha One Festival, the soprano soloist in Mariana Sadovska’s The Wreck at the Opera Omaha One Festival, and Amore in Cavalli’s Il Giasone at the Château de Versailles. Ms. Feminear is scheduled to return to Opera Omaha in a future season.
As a member of the Troupe des Jeunes Solistes at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, she performed a number of roles which have included Musetta in La Bohème, Amore in Il Giasone, Mimì in the Scènes de la vie de Bohème, Nanetta in Verdi’s Falstaff, and Helena in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Ms. Feminear’s other opera credits include the title role in Handel’s Semele at Opera Omaha and Seattle Opera, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte with Pacific MusicWorks, Proserpine in Charpentier’s La Descente d’Orphee aux Enfers with Gotham Chamber Opera, and Polissena in Handel’s Radamisto at Juilliard.
She has also appeared in concert, with performances of Monteverdi’s Orfeo with Pacific MusicWorks, Tchaikovsky’s Orleanskaya Deva with the Grand Théâtre de Genève, Handel’s La Resurrezione with William Christie and Juilliard415, and the St. Matthew Passion with Juilliard415 at Alice Tully Hall.
Ms. Feminear is a recipient of the Novick Career Advancement Prize, the Makiko Narumi Memorial Prize, and the Hardesty and Beverley Peck Johnson Award.
She holds an Artist Diploma in Opera Studies and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Juilliard School and a Master of Arts degree from Teacher’s College at Columbia University.