Pacific Opera Victoria
Mistress Quickly in Falstaff
Canadian mezzo soprano Megan Latham made her Pacific Opera Victoria debut as Eduige in the November 2010 production of Handel's Rodelinda. She returns in 2013 for the role of Mistress Quickly in Verdi's Falstaff
Raised in Abbotsford, BC, Megan has enjoyed the distinction of recognition in opera, oratorio, and recital. She has worked with distinguished conductors including Harry Bicket, Will Crutchfield, Richard Bradshaw, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, David Agler, Jeanne Lamon and Agnes Grossman.
Ms. Latham's recent engagements with the Canadian Opera Company include Giovanna in Verdiís Rigoletto, Voice of the Mother in Les contes d'Hoffmann, Zita in Gianni Schicchi, Mère Jeanne in Dialogues des carmélites and Herodias (cover) in Salome. She performed the role of Mrs. Grose in Brittenís The Turn of the Screw with Against the Grain Theatre, and was heard in concert at the Bayfield Festival of Song. In the fall of 2012, she performed with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony in Beethovenís Ninth Symphony. Other recent highlights include the Rhombus media production of Alexina Louieís Politics is Cruel: An Opera, Verdi's Requiem with the Regina Symphony, and Secretary to Chairman Mao in the Canadian Opera Company's Nixon in China.
Other roles with the COC include Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro, Second Norn in Götterdämmerung (cover), Genevieve in Debussyís Pelléas et Mélisande (cover), Eduige in Rodelinda (cover), Isaura in Rossiniís Tancredi, and Florence Pike in the Ensemble Studio production of Brittenís Albert Herring.
As a concert artist, Ms. Latham has been the soloist for numerous works including Handelís Messiah and Dixit dominus, Rossiniís Petite Messe Solennelle, Haydnís Lord Nelson Mass, Mozartís Krönungsmesse, and Vivaldiís Gloria and Beatus Vir. Ms. Latham has performed throughout North America, including making her Carnegie Hall debut for the Marilyn Horne Foundation.
Ms. Latham appeared as Sister Sophia in the long-running Mirvish production of The Sound of Music at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto. She has been heard as Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro for Vancouver Opera and in Bon appetit with the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony.
During her programme to obtain a Master of Opera degree at the University of Toronto and her Bachelor of Music in Opera from the University of British Columbia, Ms. Latham performed Dorabella in Mozart's Così fan tutte, Ruggiero in Handel's Alcina, Mrs. Herring in Albert Herring, Second Lady in Mozart's La Finta Giardiniera, and Mrs. Nolan in Menotti's The Medium.
Megan Latham, a mezzo-soprano and another Canadian, brought her warm and earthy voice to four of Brahms's wistful settings of German folk songs.
Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, 2005
Megan Latham brought a strong voice and forthright characterization to this terrifying woman.
Elizabeth Paterson, Review Vancouver, Pacific Opera Victoria's Rodelinda, 2010