MEG AT A GLANCE
Meg is a multi-faceted Artist with interests spanning many genres. In addition to a robust career in opera, she’s a pianist, part of the Midnight Cricket Club (Bluegrass-fusion band), and recently created the Creede Musical Arts Collective, a 501c3 co-founded with her husband Michael Mayes. Her training includes a Master of Music (University of Colorado), a Bachelor of Music with a multi-discipline concentration in classical, jazz, voice & piano (University of Southern Maine), and many prestigious American young artist programs. She was honored with numerous awards & competition wins that helped bridge the gap between her training & professional career. Growing up in the Philadelphia area, she spent her formative years studying piano & acting in local & regional theaters. A believer in the greater collective good, Meg was an active board member of AGMA, serving on multiple committees & negotiations from 2019-2022. She holds dual citizenship in America & Italy.
Be it on stage, screen, under a big tent, standard fare repertoire, forgotten gem or work in progress, Meg is genre-adventurous and driven by a deep-rooted need to communicate, mixed with pure moxie. She’s a true believer that a good song is a good song, regardless of its genre or origin. Established as a stylish musician, agile fioriturist and a fearless stage animal, she’s been praised by Opera News as “authoritative and carefree,” “a gifted actress with a strong, appealing voice, graced by a rich lower register,” and singing trouser roles with “swagger” and “vocal audacity.”
Her 2021-2022 engagements include returns to the Metropolitan Opera as Feodor in Boris Godunov, the Atlanta Opera as Sesto Pompeo in Giulio Cesare and the Santa Fe Opera as Meg Page in Falstaff. The summer of 2022 marks the inaugural season of the Creede Musical Arts Collective Inc., a 501c3 organization which she co-founded with husband, baritone Michael Mayes. The organization’s mission is to enrich the community of Creede, Colorado and the San Luis Valley through all genres of Musical Arts; instrumental, vocal & physical alike. Future seasons include returns to the Metropolitan Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and collaborating as a creator/producer on a few standard repertory and multi-genre projects.
In a busy 2020-21 season, she joined the Atlanta Opera Company Players for their Big Tent Series where she made her role debut as Carmen in their re-imagined version of the Bizet classic The Threepenny Carmen. She was also featured in a myriad of concerts (for which she utilized her breadth of repertoire knowledge to also serve as the company’s resident programmer), the Orfano Mondo series, and as a fach-bending-melodion-playing Beppe in Pagliacci; all of which can be viewed on the company’s Spotlight Media platform. Additionally, she debuted with Houston Grand Opera as Elsa Schraeder and co-narrating in My Favorite Things: The Sound of Music in Concert before returning to the Santa Fe Opera for her long-awaited debut as Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro. She was also featured accompanying herself at the piano in bel canto projects digitally released by Teatro Nuovo. In the spring of 2021, she released her debut album The Travelled Road, the Music of Evan Mack, with long-time collaborator, pianist John Arida (PARMA Records).