I believe music acts as a medium to unite people of all backgrounds through one shared experience. Everyone feels the same basic emotions. We all feel joy, and we all love. We all feel pain and loss. We all laugh, and we all cry. I believe it’s my duty as an artist to help people realize we’re all much more similar than we may think. I wish to use music to inspire much-needed empathy, understanding, and kindness in the world.
Boston-based soprano Abby Mae Rogers is a dedicated young singer enthusiastic to help evolve classical music into a 21st century art-form. She hopes to help make opera accessible to and enjoyed by a more diverse audience through her passionate, relevant storytelling and dynamic acting skills.
Abby Mae made her Boston debut with Emmanuel Music last spring in their production of Benjamin Britten's The Beggar's Opera, where she covered Polly Peachum and sang in the ensemble as one of Macheath's "hilarious hussies" (The Boston Musical Intelligencer). Abby Mae made her debut with Boston Opera Collaborative as Susanna (cover) in The Marriage of Figaro, and will perform in their annual Opera Bites (date TBD). Her recent roles with Longy School of Music include Elena (cover) in Gluck's Paride ed Elena, and Lisa in Emmerich Kalman's Countess Maritza.
Passionate about directing as well, Abby Mae directed and starred in her own production of Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Telephone in 2018. Additional highlights include partnerships with Opera on Tap - Pittsburgh, and the Studio Artist program at Miami Music Festival’s Opera Institute, where she covered Le nozze di Figaro’s Barbarina, and played Ms. Dara in Dan Shore’s one act opera, An Embarrassing Position. Abby Mae has sung in masterclasses for Margot Garrett, Nicholas Clapton, John Holiday, and David Lutz. Abby Mae was a finalist in the Finger Lakes NATS competition in 2015 and 2016, and won first place in 2014. She also recently placed second in the 2018 Tuesday Musical Club Scholarship Competition in Pittsburgh.
A native of Pittsburgh, Abby Mae began singing at a young age. She started her professional career singing in the Children’s Festival Chorus of Pittsburgh at the age of eight. Her first moment onstage was as a child actor in Pittsburgh Opera’s 2006 production of Tosca. Her first solo debut was as a featured soloist in Jr. Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh’s 2012 concert.
Abby Mae holds an M.M. in Opera Performance from Longy School of Music, and currently studies under Ms. Angela Gooch. She earned her B.M. in Vocal Performance at Ithaca College in 2017, and studied with Dr. Ivy Walz. Abby Mae loves learning new languages in her free time, and is conversational in Italian and currently learning German. She also enjoys baking and playing tennis with her family .