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Megan McCarthy, soprano, recently completed her Master of Music degree at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee (UWM) where she worked as the Voice and Opera Teaching Assistant. While there she began studying with her current voice teacher, Voice Department Head, Dr. Tanya Kruse. Early in 2019, McCarthy was awarded an Honorable Mention at the Thursday Musical Competition in St. Paul, Minnesota. This past April, McCarthy portrayed the role of Servilia in UWM’s production of Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito. Additionally at UWM, she was involved in opera scenes where she sang as Antonia in Les contes d'Hoffmann and Gulietta in I Capuleti e i Montecchi. Through UWM’s Opera Theatre program, McCarthy was able to work with Milwaukee Opera Theatre and Skylight Music Theatre director, Jill Anna Ponasik, acting and movement coach, James Zager, and vocal coach, Janna Ernst. McCarthy also had the opportunity to work with fellow graduate student and collaborative pianist, Leticia Broetto. Broetto, who hails from Brazil, coached McCarthy in singing Brazilian art songs in Portuguese and Afro-Brazilian dialects.
In the summer of 2018, she traveled to Boyne City, Michigan to attend the summer young artist program, Up North Vocal Institute. While there, she studied Alexander Technique, yoga, musical theatre styles, Body Mapping, acting techniques, audition strategies, art song styles, aria styles, and the diction of French, German, and Italian with prominent teachers and coaches. While there she sang in opera scenes where she portrayed Héro in Hector Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict.
During her undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse (UWL), she majored in Vocal Performance and studied with Dr. Terence Kelly. While there, she also had a great interest in the sciences and decided to minor in biology. From her biological studies she gained knowledge of anatomy and physiology which she applies to her expertise of vocal pedagogy. McCarthy took advantage of UWL's wonderful musical theatre program and was involved in a production of All Shook Up and was the Wedding Singer (Jenny) in Steven Sondheim’s Company. In 2016, she traveled abroad to Italy for International Lyric Academy’s young artist program where she portrayed 1st Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte.
Currently, McCarthy is auditioning for young artist programs, opera houses, competing in vocal competitions, and teaching at her private voice studio in Milwaukee. She is looking forward to performances with the 2019 Mineral Point Chamber Music Festival and the Madison Savoyard’s production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s Trial by Jury. In addition to singing, McCarthy ‘s other great passions lie in yoga, reading, volleyball, and spending time with family and friends.