American mezzo-soprano NANCY MAULTSBY is in demand by opera companies and orchestras throughout the world. Her unique vocal timbre and insightful musicianship allow her to pursue a repertoire from Monteverdi and Handel to recent works by John Adams. She regularly performs the major heroines of 19th-century French, Italian, and German opera and the great symphonic works.
Her operatic performances have graced the stages of the San Francisco Opera; the Lyric Opera of Chicago; the Stuttgart Opera; Seattle Opera; Netherlands Opera; Minnesota Opera; the National Theater Athens; the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires; Santa Fe Opera; Pittsburgh Opera; and Florida Grand Opera.
Nancy Maultsby has enjoyed frequent engagements with leading conductors, including Zubin Mehta, Christoph von Dohnányi, Kurt Masur, Edo de Waart, James Conlon, Yuri Temirkanov, Sir Andrew Davis, Sir Colin Davis, Riccardo Chailly, David Zinman, Bruno Bartoletti, Robert Spano, Christian Thielemann, Neemi Järvi, Hans Vonk, Leonard Slatkin, and the late Robert Shaw. She has sung regularly with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, and the Detroit Symphony, among others.
In the 2003/4 season, she takes on the role of Judith in Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle for her Opéra de Montreal debut. She also sings Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky with the St. Louis Symphony and the Beethoven Ninth under Zubin Mehta at the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She sings selections from Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn with the Rochester Philharmonic and a solo recital in Richmond, Virginia.
Earlier this season, she sang Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Lorin Maazel and New York Philharmonic, Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody and Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky with the Baltimore Symphony, and Marilyn Klinghoffer in John Adams’ opera The Death of Klinghoffer at the Brooklyn Academy of Music under conductor Robert Spano. Other recent performances include Berlioz’ Béatrice et Bénédict with Sir Colin Davis and the New York Philharmonic, Verdi’s Requiem with the Detroit Symphony under Neeme Järvi, John Adams’s El Nino with the Atlanta Symphony at the Ravinia Festival under Spano, Beethoven’s Ninth with the Milwaukee Symphony and with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to her recordings of Elijah, Odyseus and Telarc's highly acclaimed recording of Mozart’s Requiem – the premiere recording on period instruments with Boston Baroque – Maultsby can be heard on Telarc’s recording of Dido and Aeneas, also with Boston Baroque. She is featured on box sets honoring Christoph von Dohnányi and the Cleveland Orchestra (Mahler 2nd) and Kurt Masur at the New York Philharmonic (Debussy’s St. Sebastian). Her most recent recordings include Richard Yardumian’s Symphony No. 2 with the Singapore Symphony on BIS and Wagner opera excerpts on Naxos.
Nancy Maultsby is a graduate of Westminster Choir College and was a graduate student at Indiana University School of Music, where she studied with Margaret Harshaw. She is an alumna of the Lyric Opera of Chicago's Center for American Artists. Among numerous other awards, she is the winner of the Marian Anderson Award and the Martin E. Segal Award.