With a voice described as having a “rich vocal range full of inviting nuance,” Malcolm MacKenzie is quickly capturing attention in the dramatic baritone repertoire. He has been heard at leading opera houses throughout the U.S. and Europe, appearing at the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Paris Opera (Bastille), Finland’s Savonlinna Festival, Washington National Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, San Diego Opera, Arizona Opera, Fort Worth Opera, and Pittsburgh Opera, in roles including Iago, Tonio, Don Giovanni, Count Di Luna, Renato, Jack Rance, Marcello, Germont, and Count Almaviva.
Current engagements include the title role in Simon Boccanegra with Kentucky Opera, Jack Rance in La fanciulla del West with Virginia Opera, Belcore in L’elisir d’amore with San Diego Opera, and Iago in Otello with Nashville Opera. Recent engagements for Mr. MacKenzie have included Count di Luna in Il trovatore with Arizona Opera and returns to San Diego Opera for roles in La fille du Régiment and Pizzetti’s Murder in the Cathedral. Important recent debuts have included Alfio/Tonio in Cavalleria rusticana/I Pagliacci with Arizona Opera and Jack Rance in La fanciulla del West with Nashville Opera. He returned to San Diego Opera as Captain Gardiner in Moby-Dick and to Opera Santa Barbara as Marcello in La bohème.
Mr. MacKenzie made his Metropolitan Opera debut in the 2010-11 season as Dancaïre in the new, critically-praised production of Carmen. Later that season, he returned to the Met as Marullo in Rigoletto, as well as appearing as Giorgio Germont in La traviata for Opera Santa Barbara and Count Di Luna in Il trovatore for Fort Worth Opera. Other performances have included La traviata with Glimmerglass Opera, Schaunard in La bohème for San Diego Opera, Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia and Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro with Sacramento Opera, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly for San Diego Opera, the baritone soloist for Horatio Parker’s rarely performed Hora Novissima with the Pacific Master Chorale, and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Reno Philharmonic.
On the concert stage, Mr. MacKenzie has performed frequently as the baritone soloist in Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, most recently with Los Angeles’s New West Symphony, the Symphony Orchestra of the University of California, Davis, and the Savannah Symphony. The UC Davis performance is available on YouTube and has received nearly 6 million hits. He has also appeared with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Pacific Chorale, the Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra, and the Madison Symphony.