Hailed by the Globe and Mail as one of “The Voices of a Generation,” Canadian soprano Anne-Marie MacIntosh is a recent graduate of the Adler Fellowship at San Francisco Opera.
During her time at San Francisco Opera, Anne-Marie made her War Memorial Opera House mainstage debut as Marzelline in a new production of Beethoven’s Fidelio, under the baton of newly-appointed Music Director Eun Sun Kim. She later sang the role of Soeur Valentine in Dialogues of the Carmelites, and covered the roles of Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Berta (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Annina (La Traviata), and Euridice (Orfeo ed Euridice). Days before completing the program in 2022, Anne-Marie jumped in with hours notice as Euridice for the final performance of Orfeo ed Euridice. The following night, she joined her Adler colleagues in their final concert, earning praise from San Francisco Classical Voice for her performance of Handel’s virtuosic “Scoglio d’immota fronte,” which “sounded like the clarion call of a famous diva at the beginning of her career.”
In the 2022 winter season, Anne-Marie made her role debut as Micäela in Carmen with Opera San José, and joined San Diego Opera as the cover for Juliette in Roméo et Juliette. She was no stranger to the role, as she had made her debut as Juliette in 2018 with Calgary Opera. This was an operatic homecoming for MacIntosh, as she had been a member of Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artist Program from 2016-2018. She was lauded by Calgary Herald for her “highly commendable performance, her portrayal of Juliet girlish and graceful, but also containing inner fire.” Anne-Marie’s many other operatic credits include Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare), Adina (L’Elisir d’Amore), Lucia (The Rape of Lucretia), Abigail (The Crucible), and Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro).
A contemporary music enthusiast, Anne-Marie has been active in performing and workshopping new works. Anne-Marie was a participant in the 2019 Merola Opera Program, where she created the role of Diana in Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s If I Were You. Described by Opera Today as the “anchor of the opera,” she was praised for her “seamless technique, attractive lyric timbre, phrases of spine-chilling power and beauty” and her “easy stage deportment.” Earlier that year, she also performed as Coloratura in Claude Vivier’s Kopernikus with Against the Grain Theatre. This performance earned her and her colleagues a Dora Mavor Moore Award (Toronto’s performing arts awards) for “Outstanding Performance of an Ensemble, Opera.” While an emerging artist at Calgary Opera, Anne-Marie participated in the initial workshop of a new opera by Canadian composer John Estacio.
Anne-Marie’s forays into concert repertoire include performances with several symphony orchestras across North America. In the fall of 2022, Anne-Marie had the privilege of singing under the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen as First Fairy in Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the San Francisco Symphony’s opening night gala. She appeared with the Stanford Live Orchestra in the summer of 2022 in a celebration of the music of Linda Ronstadt, paying tribute to Linda’s operetta period with a performance of “Poor Wand’ring One.” With the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Anne-Marie performed as the soprano soloist in Mahler’s Fourth Symphony in the final concert of their 2018-19 season, and joined them the following fall in a series of concerts featuring operatic arias and duets. Her other concert credits include Haydn’s Creation with the Calgary Festival Chorus, Poulenc’s Gloria and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Vancouver Oratorio Society and the Vancouver Bach Choir, and Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.
In vocal competitions, Anne-Marie has been recognized as a second-place regional winner and two-time regional finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, a semi-finalist in the Doris McLellan Competition, and as the winner of the Winnipeg Music Festival Rose Bowl.
Born and raised near Vancouver, Anne-Marie is a former Rebanks Family Fellow at the Glenn Gould School (2015-2016), and is a graduate of the University of Manitoba (M.Mus 2014) and the University of British Columbia (B.Mus 2012). She continues to study under her long-time teacher and mentor, Canadian coloratura soprano Tracy Dahl.