“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

BIO

Canadian soprano Maeve Palmer has been described in recent reviews as a “brilliant young soprano” and “virtuoso singer”. 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). Maeve is the second prizewinner of the 2017 Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition, and a recent graduate of the Masters of Music in Performance at the University of Toronto, where she studied under Mary Morrison, O.C. She is now studying with Lorna MacDonald, in the University of Toronto Opera Program.

 

Maeve has performed as a soloist in concert with 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 where she performed such works as Leroux’s Ma belle si tu voulais…, Saariaho’s Leino Laulut, and Ligeti’s Mysteries of the Macabre, with pianist Joy Lee.

Maeve recently debuted as Queen of the Night, in Toronto City Opera’s production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, and as soprano soloist in Chorus Niagara’s staged production of Bach’s magnum opus, the St. Matthew’s Passion, under the baton of Robert Cooper. Recent performances also include soprano in Schafer’s Hymn to Night with chamber orchestra at the COC Free Concert Series, excerpts from Ariadne auf Naxos, as Zerbinetta, with the Rebanks Family Fellowship Concert Series and COC Free Concert Series, Zerlina (Don Giovanni) with conductor Leslie Dala at the Centre for Opera Studies Italy, and Drusilla (L’incoronazione di Poppea), with Peter Leonard at the Berlin Opera Academy. Other concert repertoire include soprano soloist in Derek Holman’s Laudes Creationis, Ešenvalds’ Passion and Resurrection, Bach's B minor mass, Britten’s Hymn to St. Cecelia, and Scott MacMillan’s Celtic Mass for the Sea.

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 this year with the University of Toronto Opera Program, Off Centre Music Salon, Chorus Niagara, and the Canadian Art Song Project.

Reviews

"Brilliant young soprano ... virtuoso singer"            - Whole Note

"Scintillating and exciting" 
- Schmopera

"Superb" 
- MusicalToronto 

Selected credits

Opera: 

Queen of the Night, Magic Flute (Mozart), Toronto City Opera

Zerlina, Don Giovanni (Mozart), conductor Leslie Dala 

Drusilla, (L’incoronazione di Poppea), conductor Peter Leonard.

Leah in Swoon (James Rolfe) conductor William Rowson

Satirino in La Calisto (Cavalli), director Timothy Nelson

Concert & Oratorio repertoire: 

St. Matthew Passion (Bach)

Passion and Resurrection (Ešenvalds)

Hymn to Night, soprano and chamber orchestra (Schafer)

Laudes Creationis, Derek Holman 

The Angel of Death, No Mortal Business (Allan Bevan)

Matriach, The Farthest Shore (Paul Mealor)

Hymn to St. Cecelia  (Britten)

Celtic Mass for the Sea  (Scott MacMillan)

World Premiers

Malfunctionlieder, Nicole Lizée

Five Poems, Tyler Versluis

Three Songs from the Tang Dynasty, Alice Ping Ye Ho (2014) 

Ellipses, Robert Taylor 

Opticks, Robert Taylor 

Lyca, Patrick McGraw

Film & TV Credits

The Space Between Us, film, 2016, soundtrack voice,  Andrew Lockington, and Michael White, composers Peter Chelsom, director

Aftermath, TV series, 2016, soundtrack voice, Andrew Lockington, and Michael White, composers, Glenn Davis, William Lauren, creators