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Nancy Maultsby

  • Mezzo-Soprano


Nancy Maultsby’s operatic career has included a wide range of roles in some of the world’s most prestigious houses.She has performed often with Lyric Opera of Chicago, where she appeared as Erda in Das Rheingold and Siegfried, as well as the First Norn and Waltraute in Götterdämmerung, all conducted by Zubin Mehta.She also sang La Cieca in La Gioconda there conducted by Bruno Bartoletti and Pauline in Pique Dame conducted by Sir Andrew Davis, both of which opened the company’s season.She appeared as Erda in both Das Rheingold and Siegfried and Waltraute in Götterdämmerung in the new Stephen Wadsworth Ring cycle with Seattle Opera.Ms. Maultsby has sung Fricka at Stuttgart Opera; Jocasta in Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex in Naples, Rome, Dresden and Athens; Charlotte, Carmen and Orlovsky at Seattle Opera; Maddalena at the Netherlands Opera; Amneris with Minnesota Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, Palm Beach Opera and at the National Theater Athens; Ottavia in Athens; Cornelia in Giulio Cesare at Florida Grand Opera and Opera Colorado; Maddalena at the Netherlands Opera; and Adalgisa in Genoa. Other operatic engagements have included productions of Die Ägyptische Helena at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden (under Christian Thielemann); Carmen at San Francisco Opera and Pittsburgh Opera; and productions at the Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires and Santa Fe Opera.A recent addition to her repertoire is Judith in Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle which she sang in the acclaimed Robert Lepage production for her debut at the Opéra de Montréal, where she subsequently returned as Amneris.

Ms. Maultsby opens the 2009/2010 season with a return to Washington National Opera as Mistress Quickly in Falstaff, conducted by Sebastian Lang-Lessing; she reprises her roles in Tan Dun’s Tea: A Mirror of the Soul at Opera Company of Philadelphia under the baton of the composer; sings Verdi’s Requiem with New Orleans Opera; and joins the Rochester Philharmonic for Amneris in concert performances of Aïda. The season also sees a pair of notable debuts: with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra as Baba the Turk in The Rake’s Progress, conducted by Edo de Waart; and with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Utah Symphony in Mahler’s Symphony No. 2.

During the 2008/2009 season, Ms. Maultsby made her Washington National Opera debut as Erda in Francesca Zambello’s new production of Siegfried, as well as her role debut as Ježibaba in Rusalka at Boston Lyric Opera.Ms. Maultsby joined Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl in Mahler’s “Symphony of a Thousand,” which she reprised later in the season with Gerard Schwartz and the Seattle Symphony. Her concert calendar also included Janáček’s “Glagolitic Mass” with Franz Welser-Möst and the Cleveland Orchestra, both at Severance Hall and at Carnegie Hall; Bernstein’s “Jeremiah” Symphony with Leonard Slatkin and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; and Verdi’s Requiem with the Colorado Symphony, under the baton of Jeffrey Kahane.

During the 2007/08 season, Nancy Maultsby joined Kurt Masur and the San Francisco Symphony for Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky, as well as David Robertson and the St. Louis Symphony for Rossini’s Stabat Mater. She also appeared with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in Bach’s Mass in B minor, the IRIS Orchestra in Elgar’s Sea Pictures, and the Rochester Philharmonic in Handel’s Messiah. One of the foremost interpreters of Mahler, Ms. Maultsby performed that composer’s Second and Third Symphonies with the New Jersey and West Australian Symphony Orchestras, respectively, as well as Das Lied von der Erde with the Syracuse Symphony. Ms. Maultsby concluded the season by making her role debut as Mistress Quickly in a new production of Falstaff at the Santa Fe Opera.

In the 2006/7 season, Nancy Maultsby added Ulrica in Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera to her repertoire.She was also seen in a new James Robinson production of the work for her debut at Boston Lyric Opera with Stephen Lord conducting.The production subsequently traveled to Opera Colorado.She also returned to Santa Fe Opera as Lu in the American premiere of Tan Dun’s acclaimed opera Tea: A Mirror of Soul. Her 2006/7 concert season included a return to the Baltimore Symphony for Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder under Yuri Temirkanov.She sang in the inaugural weeks of the new Schermerhorn Concert Hall in Nashville in Mahler’s Second Symphony under Leonard Slatkin.She returned to the Hong Kong Philharmonic for Mahler’s Third Symphony under Edo de Waart and to the Seattle Symphony for Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony under Gerard Schwarz.She also sang Messiah with the Rochester Philharmonic and the Beethoven Ninth Symphony with the Florida Orchestra.

Ms. Maultsby’s orchestral repertoire extends from the Baroque to the most important works of the twentieth century.Throughout her career, Nancy Maultsby has enjoyed frequent engagements with many leading conductors.Her collaborations include performances under Zubin Mehta, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Kurt Masur, Edo de Waart, James Conlon, Yuri Temirkanov, Sir Andrew Davis, Lorin Maazel, Sir Colin Davis, Riccardo Chailly, David Zinman, Bruno Bartoletti, Robert Spano, Christian Thielemann, Franz Welser-Möst, Neeme Järvi, the late Hans Vonk, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Leonard Slatkin and the late Robert Shaw.Her regular collaborations with America’s leading orchestras include concerts with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony, the Detroit Symphony and the Houston Symphony.She has sung at every major U.S. Festival including Ravinia, Tanglewood, Saratoga, Aspen, Grant Park and the Cincinnati May Festival.

Highlights of recent seasons include a return to the Atlanta Symphony to sing Mahler’s Second Symphony under Robert Spano.She repeated this work to mark the end of Yuri Temirkanov’s tenure as music director of the Baltimore Symphony, having also performed the same piece with Maestro Temirkanov at his inaugural concerts with the orchestra.Recent appearances in concert include the Verdi Requiem with the Cleveland Orchestra under Welser-Möst and the Detroit Symphony with Järvi, concerts and a recording of Bernstein’s Jeremiah with the Atlanta Symphony under Spano, Messiah with Alan Gilbert conducting the New York Philharmonic, the Beethoven Ninth Symphony with the New York Philharmonic under Maazel and Alexander Nevsky with the Baltimore Symphony under Temirkanov, the St. Louis Symphony under Roberto Abbado and the Grant Park Music Festival.She performed the role of Marilyn Klinghoffer in performances of John Adams’ The Death of Klinghoffer with the Brooklyn Philharmonic and sang the Beethoven Ninth under Zubin Mehta at the Los Angeles Philharmonic.She performed selections from Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn with the Rochester Philharmonic and sang a solo recital in Richmond, Virginia.She sang an aria concert with the Minnesota Orchestra under Patrick Summers, Ursule in acclaimed concert performances of Béatrice et Bénédict led by Sir Colin Davis at the New York Philharmonic and John Adams’s El Niño under Robert Spano with the Atlanta Symphony and at the Ravinia Festival.

The particularly rich quality of Ms. Maultsby’s vocal timbre is a natural fit with the music of Gustav Mahler.She has sung his Symphony No. 2 with the Cleveland Orchestra (Dohnányi), the Minnesota Orchestra (de Waart), the National Symphony, the Cincinnati Symphony, on tour with the Israel Philharmonic (Mehta), the Aspen Music Festival, the Orchestre National de France (Conlon), the Australian Broadcasting Company (de Waart) and the Brooklyn Philharmonic.Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 has taken her to the orchestras of Cleveland (Welser-Möst) Minnesota, St. Louis (including Carnegie Hall), Detroit (Järvi), Baltimore (Temirkanov), Atlanta (Levi), Baltimore (Zinman) and New Jersey (Macal).She has also performed the Symphony No. 8 (Minnesota, Cincinnati May Festival, Amsterdam), Das Lied von der Erde (Atlanta, Baltimore, Aspen Festival, Brooklyn, Sydney), Kindertotenlieder (Orchestra della Toscana under Bartoletti) and Das Klagende Lied (American Symphony Orchestra).

In addition to her recordings of Elijah, Odyseus and Telarc's highly acclaimed recording of Mozart's Requiem - the premiere recording on period instruments with the Boston Baroque - Ms. Maultsby can be heard on Telarc's recording of Dido and Aeneas, also with the Boston Baroque.She is featured on box sets honoring Christoph von Dohnányi and the Cleveland Orchestra (Mahler 2nd) and Kurt Masur at the New York Philharmonic (Debussy’s St. Sebastian).Her recent recordings include the Lamentation from Bernstein’s Symphony No. 1 (“Jeremiah”) with Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony for Telarc, Richard Yardumian’s Symphony No. 2 with the Singapore Symphony on BIS, and Wagner opera excerpts on Naxos.

Nancy Maultsby is a graduate of Westminster Choir College, where she studied with Lindsey Christiansen, and was a graduate student at Indiana University School of Music, where she studied with Margaret Harshaw.She is an alumna of the Lyric Opera of Chicago's Center for American Artists.Among numerous other awards, she is the winner of the Marian Anderson Award and the Martin E. Segal Award.