Originally from Janesville, Iowa, tenor Mackenzie Whitney is now based in Philadelphia studying at the Academy of Vocal Arts under Bill Schuman. Last season at AVA, Mackenzie debuted the role of Rodolfo in La Bohéme and the title role in Gounod’s Faust. This summer he made his company debut with Des Moines Metro Opera singing the role of Giovanni in Rappaccini’s Daughter.
Last season Mr. Whitney premiered the role of Des Grieux (Manon) at AVA and Ferrando (Così fan tutte) in Cortona, Italy, as well as a follow up of the same role at AVA. Prior roles include: Count Almaviva (The Barber of Seville), Rodriguez (Don Quichotte), Tamino (The Magic Flute), Alfred (Die Fledermaus) and Alcino (Prima Donna).
Mackenzie has also performed a wide range of concert work, including musical theater, oratorio and operetta. Notable concert work includes Handel’s Messiah with Tacoma First Baptist Church, and while receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Northern Iowa he was the tenor soloist in Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes and Howells’ Requiem.
This fall, Mackenzie will make his company debut with Madison Opera as Rodolfo in La Bohème. He will also participate in the 2015-2016 season at the Academy of Vocal Arts where he will receive his Artist Diploma at the conclusion of the season.