Praised for her “fine, warm mezzo-soprano voice," Quinn Middleman is known for her dynamic artistry and as an "animated musical storyteller." In the 2023-24 season, she appears as Nunzia/La liberazione di Ruggiero with Haymarket Opera, Third Lady/Die Zauberflöte with Annapolis Opera, Ježibaba/Rusalka with Opera Ithaca, and Podtochina/the Countess/The Nose with Chicago Opera Theater. Last season she sang the Page/Salome (covering Herodias) at Madison Opera, sang the Witch/Hansel and Gretel with Opera Birmingham, covered Handel’s titular Ariodante at Pittsburgh Opera, and joined The Santa Fe Opera as a member of the 2023 Apprentice Singers Program, covering Geneviève/Pelléas et Mélisande and Ninfa/Orfeo.
In the 2021-22 season, she appeared 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 with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Testo/La Susanna with Haymarket Opera, and Filippyevna/Eugene Onegin with Music Academy of the West. Quinn also placed first in the Opera Birmingham Competition, won the Mozart Prize at the Orpheus Vocal Competition, and was a finalist in the Argento Vocal Competition.
Quinn recently 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. She was a Resident Artist at Utah Opera in the 2019-20 season, where 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. Other recent performances include Susanna/The Ghosts of Versailles with Chautauqua Opera, Mother/The Scarlet Ibis with Chicago Opera Theater, Rachel/The Great God Pan with Chicago Fringe Opera, and Songe/Ariane et Bachus with Haymarket Opera. She has also performed with Crested Butte Music Festival, Central City Opera, St. Petersburg Opera, Tanglewood Music Center, Aspen Opera Center, and SongFest.
Quinn 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.
"Middleman fulfilled her role as presenter of the story with aplomb, and it appeared she’d memorized the whole score; she rarely looked at her book. Her haunting full-throated roundness of tone brought tangible moments of surprise and threat in her dramatic telling. She used her diction to complete the shaping of sounds in recitative passages, so appropriate to the details of storytelling."
- Core of Culture 2022, La Susanna