Maeve Palmer, soprano  Photo: Brenden Friesen

Maeve Palmer, soprano

Photo: Brenden Friesen

Palmer’s agile voice created all manner of nearly indescribable feats: rapid leaps, arpeggios, purring, cooing and percussive effects, as well as seductively sweet tonal shadings, rendering the listener helpless to fully comprehend the subtlety and range of the sonic feast she was sharing        
— Whole Note

Canadian soprano Maeve Palmer has been described as a “brilliant young soprano” and “virtuoso singer” (WholeNote) Maeve is a recent alumna of the Rebanks Fellow of the Rebanks Family Fellowship and International Performance Residency Program at the Glenn Gould School, and the Soprano Sidgwick Scholar program with Orpheus Choir of Toronto (2015-18). She is an graduate of the University of Toronto, (MMus ‘17, BMus ‘15) where she studied under Mary Morrison, O.C. and is now studying with Lorna MacDonald at the University of Toronto Opera School.  Maeve is the second prizewinner of the 2017 Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition, and received honourable mention in the 2017 Ottawa Choral Society New Discoveries Auditions.

Maeve has performed as a soloist in concert with New Music Concerts, Opera Atelier, Off-Centre Music, Tapestry Opera, Chorus Niagara, Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Orpheus Choir of Toronto, and on tour with the Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition, among others.

Recent performances include Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos) with Highlands Opera Studio, the Canadian premiere of Samuel Andreyev’s cantata Iridescent Notation, with New Music Concerts, , and performances as Sandrina, and Serpetta (La Finta Giardiniera), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte), and Greta Fiorentino (Street Scene). Oratorio performances include soprano soloist in Bach’s Matthäus Passion, Honegger’s King David, and Britten’s Hymn to St. Cecelia.

World premieres include Nicole Lizée’s Malfunctionlieder for soprano, piano, and degraded video, Alice Ping Yee Ho’s Three Songs of the Tang Dynasty, Robert Taylor’s Opticks, and Tyler Versluis’s Five poems, for soprano, celli, and harp.

Maeve’s voice is featured the Hollywood film The Space Between Us, (2017) starring Asa Butterfield, Gary Oldman, and Britt Robertson, and in the TV series Aftermath, (2016).

Maeve looks forward to performing the roles of Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), and Mary Crawford (Mansfield Park) with University of Toronto Opera School this season, and in a special Halloween concert with the U of T Contemporary Music Ensemble, in which Maeve will perform Mysteries of the Macabre (Ligeti).