Mezzo-Soprano MAX POTTER, an up-and-coming artist known for her warmth of tone and dramatic presence, has been heard in a wide range of repertoire. In the Spring of 2019, she performs Clarina in Rossini's La cambiale di matrimonio, covers the role of Ortrud, and also sings the Page, in Wagner's Lohengrin for Opera Southwest.
In 2018, the artist sang Dorabella in Mozart’s Così fan tutte for The North Shore Music Festival, and Second Lady in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte for The CoOPERAtive Program and the Opera Theater of Montclair. She also joined The Muses Creative Artistry Project for their annual Opera Classics tour.
Ms. Potter's previous engagements include Apprentice Artist with Des Moines Metro Opera, where she covered the role of Sister Helen Prejean in Jake Heggie's contemporary opera Dead Man Walking. With Aspen Opera Center, she honed her craft performing such classic roles as Romeo (I Capuleti e i Montecchi), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), L’enfant (L’enfant et les sortileges), and Zerlina (Don Giovanni). During that time, she also covered Meg Page in Verdi’s Falstaff and the Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd. She appeared in Mozart's Don Giovanni as Donna Elvira and Tebaldo in Verdi's Don Carlo with Vocal Productions NYC, sang Charlotte in Massenet's Werther with the Martha Cardona Opera, and performed the role of Second Lady for Festival of the Arts BOCA. Other roles include Mercedes (Carmen), Concepcion (L’heure espagnole), Flora Bervoix (La Traviata), and Zita (Gianni Schicchi).
Equally at home on the concert stage, Ms. Potter has shown her natural affinity for new works. This Fall she premiered a collection of songs by New York-based composer and poet Steve Bloom. With New Camerata Opera, she was featured in The Sacred Feminine, an innovative performance piece celebrating the work of Emily Dickinson through poetry and art song. At Des Moines Metro Opera, she sang Heggie’s The Breaking Waves in recital for the composer.
Ms. Potter has been a featured soloist at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, the Washington National Cathedral, Festival of the Arts BOCA and the Oklahoma International Mozart Festival. Concert credits include Ravel’s Shéhérazade Mozart's Requiem and Vesperae solennes de confessore, Haydn's Sancti Nicolai Messe, Monteverdi's Vespro della Beata Vergine and Carissimi's oratorios, Jepthe and Jonas.
The artist is an alumna of New York's International Vocal Arts Institute and a recipient of awards from the Metropolitan Opera National Council, The Young Musicians Foundation, and Westminster Choir College's CoOPERAtive Program. This past season, she was a semi-finalist for The Annapolis Opera Vocal Competition, The Premiere Opera International Vocal Competition, The Paris Opera Competition and was a preliminary finalist for the Deborah Voigt International Vocal Competition at Vero Beach Opera.
Max Potter holds a Masters Degree from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music, and did her undergraduate work at Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music.