Mackenzie Whitney, tenor
Mackenzie Whitney is originally from Janesville, Iowa and is gaining recognition nationwide for his expressive lyric tenor voice. He studies with Bill Schuman at the Academy of Vocal Arts and received his Artist Diploma in May of 2016. Mr. Whitney has most recently performed with Madison Opera in the role of Rodolfo in La bohème. He also sang Rodolfo with both the Lakes Area Music Festival and the Academy of Vocal Arts, a role in which Philly.com reported “Mackenzie Whitney, who sang Rodolfo, has an appealing lyric tenor voice, his upper tones free and of lovely quality. This role suits him well both vocally and dramatically”.
Engagements for last season included the role of Avito in L’amore dei tre re and the title role in Werther at AVA, along with a company debut with Mill City Summer Opera as Anthony in Sweeney Todd and a return to Lakes Area Music Festival to debut the role of Lysander in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Concert appearances included debuts as the Tenor Soloist in Haydn’s Creation and the Tenor Soloist in Dubois’ Seven Last words of Christ. The 2016-2017 season will see his debuts with Hawaii Opera Theatre as Rodolfo in La bohème, Opera on the James as the Duke in Rigoletto, and Utah Opera as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor.