Mackenzie Whitney


Mackenzie Whitney is originally from Janesville, Iowa and is gaining recognition nationwide for his expressive lyric tenor voice. He studies with Bill Schuman at the Academy of Vocal Arts where he received his Artist Diploma. He most recently performed with Madison Opera in the role of Rodolfo in La bohème. Additionally, he performed Rodolfo with both the Lakes Area Music Festival and the Academy of Vocal Arts, for which reported “Mackenzie Whitney, who sang Rodolfo, has an appealing lyric tenor voice, his upper tones free and of lovely quality. This role suits him well both vocally and dramatically”. 

In recent seasons, he made debuts with San Diego Opera as Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance, Annapolis Opera as Alfredo in La Traviata, returned to Madison Opera as Arcadio in Florencia en el Amazonas, and joined the Glyndebourne Festival as the cover of Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly. His 2018-2019 season saw the revival of his Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance with Intermountain Opera, Roméo in Roméo et Juliette with Pensacola Opera, joining the Great Falls Symphony in concert, and the Rapides Symphony Orchestra as Alfredo in La Traviata. His 2019-2020 season includes La bohème with Cleveland Opera Theater, La Traviata with Madison Opera, Roméo et Juliette with Knoxville Opera, and a holiday concert with the Madison Symphony.

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"Thankfully, Whitney was a perfect match for Piao, not only as the quintessentially handsome lover, but also as an equal vocal and dramatic partner in the pair’s love duets. His romantic lyrical tenor was conspicuously smooth, but passionate, filled with warmth in his...


"Singing was high-quality throughout the opera. The clear-voiced soprano Eleni Calenos was a sympathetic Mimi opposite the robust tenor Mackenzie Whitney as Rodolfo, who relaxed in his high register as he went along." -Cleveland Classical

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"Director Kristine McIntyre (“Tales of Hoffmann,” 2016) gives her performers free range on a sloping set borrowed from Arizona Opera. . . Rachel Sterrenberg and Mackenzie Whitney, as a tightly wound young writer and a restless would-be pilot respectively, inch toward e...


"Also strong is tenor Mackenzie Whitney, in his company debut as Frederic. He’s got a large, ear-pleasing voice and a sunny stage presence" -San Diego Tribune

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"The performances here are excellent with beautiful crooning by Whitney."


"Edgardo, the man to whom Lucia had pledged her heart, was played in swashbuckling style by tenor Mackenzie Whitney. His luminous tone had plenty of heft to ride the orchestra . . . Whitney and Rethwisch made Edgardo and Lucia a handsome and credible couple."
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