Following performances of Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, the Washington Post hailed soprano Maureen McKay as the "undisputed star of the show," and further exclaimed, "Armed with a silvery, precisely aimed voice, natural stage presence and the kind of beautifully detailed acting you don't see often enough on the operatic stage, McKay turned in a smart, sexy and thoroughly charming performance. In the 2012-13 season, she returns to the Komische Oper Berlin for Pamina in Die Zauberflöte and Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel, both new productions, as well as for Mozart's Requiem conducted by Henrik Nánási and further performances of Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, and Musetta in La bohème. She also sings Lisa in La sonnambula with Washington Concert Opera. Future seasons include her debuts with the Saito Kinen Festival and Cleveland Orchestra, both under the baton of Fabio Luisi, Washington National Opera, and Opera Colorado. Last season, she sang Schmidt's Das Buch mit sieben Siegeln with the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and at the Komische Oper Berlin, sang her first performances of Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier in addition to reprising her critically acclaimed portrayal of Blanche in Calixto Bieito's production of Dialogues des carmélites and Musetta in La bohème. She also joined Central City Opera as Laurey in Oklahoma! and returned to the Metropolitan Opera roster for Hänsel und Gretel.
As a member of the ensemble at the Komische Oper Berlin, Ms. McKay has previously sung Blanche in a new production of Dialogues des carmélites as well as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Norina in Don Pasquale, Musetta in La bohème, and Marzelline in Fidelio. Other previous engagements are Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel with Opera Company of Philadelphia, Portland Opera, and Tulsa Opera in addition to joining the Metropolitan Opera roster for the same title, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro with Opera Cleveland, a return to the Opera Company of Philadelphia for Eurydice in Gluck's Orphée et Eurydice, Lightfoot McLendon in Cold Sassy Tree with Atlanta Opera, Lilla in Una cosa rara and Elisa in Il re pastore with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Zerlina in Don Giovanni with New Orleans Opera, Despina in Così fan tutte and Caroline Gaines in Richard Danielpour's Margaret Garner with New York City Opera, Musetta in La bohème with Opera Omaha, and Norina in Don Pasquale with Anchorage Opera. She joined Seiji Ozawa for the Dew Fairy and the Sandman in Hänsel und Gretel in his Ongaku-juku Opera Project throughout Japan and made her debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic as Papagena in Die Zauberflöte conducted by Leonard Slatkin at the Hollywood Bowl.
The soprano's concert performances include Mozart's Requiem and Debussy's La demoiselle élue with the Utah Symphony, a program of Viennese music by Lehár and Johann Strauss with the Saint Louis Symphony, Carmina Burana with the National Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, and Utah Symphony, Mahler's Symphony No. 4 with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic under the baton of Gerard Schwarz (to be released on a commercial recording), Grieg's Peer Gynt with the Oregon Symphony, and Louis Andriessen's The New Math(s) with the Seattle Chamber Players. With Seattle's Music of Remembrance, she premiered Lori Laitman's song cycle I Never Saw Another Butterfly for soprano and clarinet and sang Aninku in Tony Kushner's adaptation of Hans Krasa's Brundibár; a recording including both Brundibár and Laitman's song cycle is available on the Naxos label. She also performed Simon Sargon's song cycle, Shema, with Music of Remembrance.
A former member of Seattle Opera's Young Artists Program, Maureen McKay was seen as Flora in Britten's The Turn of the Screw and Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro. As a Filene Young Artist with Wolf Trap Opera Company, McKay was seen in the roles of Johanna in Sweeney Todd, Ismene in Telemann's Orpheus, and Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro. She earned her Bachelor of Music at Columbus State University in Georgia (summa cum laude) and her Master of Music at The Ohio State University.