Praised for her “crème caramel tones” Ann McMahon has been recognized as a “warm and ingratiating mezzo” (Albuquerque Journal). Her complex portrayal as Azuceno in Il Trovatore was described as “loving and sensitive, fierce and provocative, hypersensitive but generous” (Le Soir). In her 2014-15 season Ms. Quintero toured Poland as soloist in Messiah with Boston Baroque. She sang Ulrica in Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera with Austin Lyric Opera, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Buffalo Philharmonic under JoAnn Falletta, and Verdi’s Requiem with the Defiant Requiem Foundation at New York’s Avery Fisher Hall. In summer of 2015 Ms. Quintero is soloist in Dvořàk’s Stabat Mater in a return to Berkshire Choral Festival, and in the 2015-16 season she debuts with Musica Viva as Azucena in Il trovatore at Hong Kong City Hall.
Her 2013-14 season included her debut with Virginia Opera as Mistress Quickly in Verdi’s Falstaff, soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in a return to Boston Baroque, and in Verdi’s Requiem with the Defiant Requiem Foundation at Strathmore, under Murry Sidlin. In summer 2013 she was mezzo soloist in Britten’s Spring Symphony and Vivaldi’s Gloria with the Berkshire Choral Festival. In the 2012-13 season she made her debut with the Spoleto Festival USA as Suor Pazienza in Giordano’s Mese Mariano, sang Mary in Der fliegende Holländer in a return to Boston Lyric Opera, Amneris in Aida with Annapolis Opera, and soloist in Messiah with Boston Baroque under Martin Pearlman.
Recent highlights include Azucena in Il trovatore with Opéra Royal de Wallonie, Mistress Quickly in Falstaff with Opéra de Lausanne, and the Old Lady in Candide with Portland Opera. At the Virginia Arts Festival Ms. Quintero was soloist in Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 as Mulier Samaritana under JoAnn Falleta, and she sang selections from Les Pêcheurs de perles, La Rondine, and Aida at the Berkshire Choral Festival.
Other recent engagements include performances of Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Boston Lyric Opera, singing as soloist in Verdi’s Requiem with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Verdi’s Requiem with the Cathedral Choral Society at Washington National Cathedral, a return to Boston Baroque for Handel’s Messiah, to Washington National Opera as Auntie in Peter Grimes, and to Boston Baroque for Michael Haydn’s Requiem. She also sang as Mistress Quickly in excerpts of Falstaff at the National Endowment for the Arts Opera Honors Inaugural Awards Concert at the Kennedy Center.
Her successes include her international operatic debut with New Israeli Opera as La Haine in Gluck’s Armide and a return to the company as Marquise Melibea in Il viaggio a Reims. She also sang Baba the Turk in The Rake’s Progress with Angers Nantes Opera and joined Teatro alla Scala for its production of Maazel’s 1984. Previously with Washington National Opera she sang Tisbe in La cenerentola and Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte. She joined Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as Olga Olsen in Street Scene and the company’s production of Hänsel und Gretel, Palm Beach Opera as Isabella in L’italiana in Algeri, and Toledo Opera as Gertrude in Roméo et Juliette. With Santa Fe Opera, she sang Glasa in Kátya Kabanová as well as Teresa in La sonnambula, in addition to scenes of Cornelia in Giulio Cesare and Leonora in La Favorita.
An accomplished oratorio soloist, Ms. Quintero has appeared frequently with Boston Baroque where her performances have included the title role in Vivaldi’s Juditha Triumphans and soloist in Messiah. She has also sung Messiah with Charlotte and Alabama symphony orchestras and the National Philharmonic; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Columbus Symphony; Haydn’s Paukenmesse at Carnegie Hall; and a concert performance of Guillaume Tell with Opera Orchestra of New York.
Ms. Quintero is a 2006 winner of the Sara Tucker Study Grant from the Richard Tucker Music Foundation as well as the second place winner of the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation’s International Vocal Competition. In 2005 she received both the George London Award and Sullivan Foundation Award and was a semi-finalist in Plácido Domingo’s Operalia Competition in Madrid. She was a 2002 Grand National Finalist in the prestigious Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and made her first appearance on the company’s stage in the Grand Finals Concert under the direction of Maestro Julius Rudel.
Ann McMahon Quintero was graduated with honors and received her Bachelor of Music from Northwestern University, where her performances included Ravel's Shéhérazade and Bach's Magnificat and Mass in B Minor.
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