Praised for her "vocal nuance and agility," soprano Marcelle McGuirk was a National Finalist in the 2016 Classical Singer Vocal Competition, and won the Amy & James Cohen Achievement award at Opera Connecticut's 2016 American Opera Idol Competition.
Her 2016/2017 season opened with a self-produced recital, Shades of Ophelia, that explored the character of Ophelia through the music of various composers, including Richard Strauss, Jake Heggie, and Henrique Oswald. She returned to OperaDelware in the spring of 2017 to sing in the ensemble of Rossini's Semiramide. In May, Marcelle made her company and role debut with Concert Operetta Theatre singing the part of Daisy in Leo Fall's The Dollar Princess. In June, she returned to Center Stage Opera to sing her role debut in Mascagni's L'amico Fritz as Suzel. She then sang as a soloist in Beethoven's Fantasia in C minor, Op. 80 with the Philadelphia International Music Festival. In August, she will have another company and role debut as Yum-Yum in Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado with Delaware Valley Opera.
Her 2015/2016 season opened with her company debut with Vulcan Lyric in their world premiere production of Maren of Vardø in the roles of Karen and Young Maren. She made another company debut in November with Center Stage Opera as Musetta in Puccini's La Boheme and returned in March 2016 to sing the roles of Tebaldo and the Celestial Voice in Verdi's Don Carlo. In May, she rejoined OperaDelaware in their production of Faccio's lost Amleto, as the Player Queen and to cover the role of Ofelia.
Her 2014/2015 season opened with her debut with Delaware ChoralArts in Bach's Magnificat and Geoffrey Bush's Christmas Cantata. In another company debut, she then sang the title role in Rimsky-Korsakov's Snowmaiden with Bel Cantanti Opera. In April, she joined the Delaware Choral Society as the soprano soloist in Orff's Carmina Burana. She is also a 2015 Principal Artist with the Delaware Valley Opera Company and is a Staff Singer and Cantor at the celebrated Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul in Philadelphia. In preparation for the papal visit to Philadelphia, Ms. McGuirk was part of the official recording for Pope Francis' first US visit as a featured soloist and also sang for the papal liturgies.
Past seasons have included Ms. McGuirk's participation in the Russian Opera Workshop under the direction of Ghenady Mierson (Curtis/Academy of Vocal Arts), covering the role of Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) with the Delaware Valley Opera Company, multiple engagements with OperaDelaware (L'elisir d'amore -ensemble, Spring Sings), and Poor Richard's Opera (A Midsummer Night's Dream- Mustardseed, Falstaff- Ensemble). She has also performed oratorio with Camerata alla Rustica (Gloria- Vivaldi), the Archdiocesan Choir of Philadelphia (Dextera Domine- Franck) and is regularly a featured soloist with the Cathedral Basilica Choir.
Originally from Scranton, Pennsylvania, Ms. McGuirk studied at Marywood University before relocating to Philadelphia to further her musical studies. She recorded her first solo album at the age of 18- Echoes of Ireland- a collection of her favorite Irish folk tunes and sacred pieces. She is currently a student in the studio of Eduardo Chama.
When not singing Ms. McGuirk enjoys quilting, re-watching the original Star Wars films and experimenting with classic French and Italian cuisine. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and their very fluffy dog, Zoë.