Megan Latham

Megan Latham, Mezzo Soprano

Pacific Opera Victoria
Flora in La traviata

February, 2019


Canadian mezzo soprano Megan Latham made her Pacific Opera Victoria debut as Eduige in the 2010 production of Handel's Rodelinda. She returned in 2013 as Mistress Quickly in Verdi's Falstaff, and in 2017 as Third Lady in Mozart's The Magic Flute. In 2019 Megan performs the role of Flora in Verdi's La traviata.

Raised in Abbotsford, BC, Megan has enjoyed the distinction of recognition in opera, oratorio, and recital. She has worked with such distinguished conductors as Harry Bicket, Will Crutchfield, Richard Bradshaw, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, David Agler, Jeanne Lamon and Agnes Grossman.

Megan's 2018/19 season includes Gertrude in Roméo et Juliette for Calgary Opera and a return to Edmonton Opera for her role debut as Ragonde in Le comte Ory. During the 2017/18 season, Megan appeared as Giovanna in Rigoletto and the Fortune Teller in Arabella for the Canadian Opera Company, returned to Vancouver Opera to sing Filippyevna in Eugene Onegin, made her company debut with Opéa de Québec as Second Lady in Die Zauberflöte, and joined the Victoria Symphony for Verdiís Requiem.

Ms. Lathamís 2016/2017 season included Emilia in Otello for Vancouver Opera. Additional recent credits include the World Premieres of Stickboy and Dark Sisters for Vancouver Opera, Genevieve in Pell&eacuet;as et M&eacuet;lisande for Against the Grain Theatre, Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor for Edmonton Opera and Verdiís Requiem for the Ottawa Choral Society.

As a regular with the Canadian Opera Company, Ms. Latham has performed Voice of the Mother in Les Contes díHoffmann, Zita in Gianni Schicchi, Mère Jeanne in Dialogues des carméites, Rossweisse in Die Walküre, Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro, Isaura in Rossiniís Tancredi, Florence Pike in the Ensemble Studio production of Albert Herring, and Waltraute and Second Norn in Götterdämmerung (cover).

Further career highlights include the Rhombus Media production of Alexina Louieís Politics Is Cruel: An Opera, Verdiís Requiem for Regina Symphony, Secretary to Chairman Mao in COCís Nixon in China, and the role of Mrs. Grose in The Turn of the Screw with Against the Grain Theatre.

Ms. LathamĎs concert repertoire includes such works as Beethovenís Symphony No. 9, Handelís Messiah and Dixit Dominus, Rossiniís Petite Misse Solennelle, Haydnís Nelsonmesse, Mozartís Krönungsmesse, and Vivaldiís Gloria and Beatus Vir. She appeared as Sister Sophia in the The Sound of Music at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto, and in Bon Appetit with the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony. During the pursuit of her Master of Opera degree from the University of Toronto and Bachelor of Music in Opera from the University of British Columbia, Ms. Latham performed Dorabella in Mozartís Così fan tutte, Ruggiero in Handelís Alcina, Mrs. Herring in Brittenís Albert Herring, and Mrs. Nolan in Menottiís The Medium.


 

The other star is mezzo Megan Latham, who ... shows consummate acting skills in her portrayal of the Grandmother, and her lyric voice provides the perfect emotional anchor for the role.
Konstantin Bozhinov, Classical Voice North America, review of Vancouver Opera's Stickboy, 2014

Megan Latham brought a strong voice and forthright characterization to this terrifying woman.
Elizabeth Paterson, Review Vancouver, Pacific Opera Victoria's Rodelinda, 2010

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


 

January 2019