Praised for her “fine, warm mezzo-soprano voice”, Quinn Middleman looks forward to a busy 2021-2022 season with multiple company debuts. She appears as Alisa/Lucia di Lammermoor with Madison Opera, Mother/Amahl and the Night Visitors with Opéra Louisiane, the alto soloist in Beethoven's 9th Symphony Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and returns to Haymarket Opera singing Testo/La Susanna. She will also cover Ilona/She Loves Me and Public Opinion/Orpheus in the Underworld at Madison Opera.
In 2021, Quinn covered the Countess/Queen of Spades at Des Moines Metro Opera, performed as Ježibaba/The Littlest Mermaid with Opera Iowa, and was an artist in residence with LYNX Project in Chicago.
In 2019-2020, Quinn was a Resident Artist at Utah Opera. There she appeared as Flora/La Traviata, Madeleine/Silent Night, Myrtale/Thaïs (canceled due to COVID-19), and covered Rosina/Il barbiere di Siviglia, as well as soloing with the Utah Symphony in Handel’s Messiah and other concerts.
Other recent performances include Susanna/The Ghosts of Versailles with Chautauqua Opera, La Zelatrice cover/Suor Angelica with St. Petersburg Opera, Rachel/The Great God Pan with Chicago Fringe Opera, and Songe/Ariane et Bachus with Haymarket Opera. Quinn was a Young Artist at Chicago Opera Theater in 2016-2018, and returned as a professional artist the following year, covering Marta/Iolanta and singing Mother/The Scarlet Ibis. Other past residencies include Chautauqua Opera, Central City Opera, Tanglewood Music Center, Aspen Opera Center, and SongFest. For a full list of roles, please download her resume below.
Quinn recently won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions- Wisconsin District, received third place in the Ziering-Conlon “Recovered Voices” competition, and won scholarships from the Musicians Club of Women and Evanston Music Club. She is passionate about art song and concert work, and has organized multiple benefit concerts for women’s shelters in Chicago. She holds a master’s degree from Northwestern University, and received bachelor’s degrees in both Oboe Performance and Vocal Arts from the University of Southern California. She currently studies with Nova Thomas.
In her spare time, Quinn enjoys yoga, reading, knitting, and fostering kittens.