Mackenzie Whitney is gaining recognition nationwide for his expressive lyric tenor voice. He
studies with Bill Schuman and received his Artist Diploma at the Academy of Vocal Arts in May
Mr. Whitney most recently made house and role debuts in Lucia di Lammermoor (Edgardo) with Utah Opera and Rigoletto (Il Duca di Mantua) with Opera on the James. He also reprised the role of Rodolfo in La Bohème for the fourth time with Hawaii Opera Theatre. Upcoming house and role debuts include Madama Butterfly (B.F. Pinkerton) in a new adaptation by Heartbeat Opera in Manhattan, NY and La Traviata (Alfredo) under the baton of Maestro Stephen Lord with Opera Maine (formerly PortOpera). In the spring of 2018 he will make a company debut with Annapolis Opera, and will also return to Madison Opera, having performed Rodolfo there in 2015 to great acclaim.
Mr. Whitney made his company debut with Des Moines Metro Opera in 2015 as Giovanni in
Rappaccini’s Daughter. For this performance, Opera Today reported “young Mackenzie Whitney made a strong case for the infatuated lad with his pliable, impassioned tenor. Throughout the evening, Mr. Whitney revealed fine variety in his declamations, be they defiant, entranced, romantic or delusional, and his handsome figure lent credence to the story. His
mezzo forte caressed some key phrases with creamy tone”.
While at AVA, Mackenzie performed the following roles: Werther (title role), Faust (title role), Rodolfo (La Bohème), Des Grieux (Manon), Ferrando (Così fan tutte), and Count Almaviva (The Barber of Seville). He made company debuts with Mill City Summer Opera in Sweeney Todd (Anthony) as well as Lakes Area Music Festival, most recently in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lysander).
Concert appearances included the Tenor Soloist in Haydn Creation, Mozart Requiem, Handel Messiah, Britten Serenade for Tenor and Horn and Winter Words, and Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzes.
Mr. Whitney was awarded the encouragement award in the Philadelphia District of the 2013 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and has received awards from the Gerda Lissner Foundation, Violetta DuPont Competition, Licia Albanese-Puccini Competition, and the Giulio Gari Competition. He participated in young artist programs at Opera New Jersey, Central City Opera, and Oberlin in Italy.
He holds an Artist Diploma from the Academy of Vocal Arts and a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Northern Iowa.