Critical acclaim for Maureen's recent performances with San Diego Opera:

“Having witnessed soprano Maureen McKay’s luminescent Nanetta in last season’s SDO Falstaff, it was even more pleasurable to hear the full capabilities of her lyric coloratura in the role of Fredric’s heartthrob, Mabel. Though the difficulties of this character’s vocal pyrotechnics are often underestimated. McKay dazzled with her vocal beauty and dashed off the fioratura in true Beverly Sills fashion.”
--LA Opus

“But the stellar soloists made the evening, starting with Maureen McKay’s Mabel. Her buoyant lyric soprano generously filled Sullivan’s gentle ballad melodies, but when called to soar into the brilliant coloratura stratosphere, she did so with amazing power and apparent ease that did not compromise the beauty of her line one iota.”

“Frederic falls for the beautiful young Mabel (golden-voiced soprano Maureen McKay)…As his most assertive and amorous daughter, McKay displays a stunning coloratura, with luscious vocal leaps, and trills that thrill.”
--Times of San Diego

"As Frederick’s love interest, Mabel, Maureen McKay—terrific in both dramatic range and comedic effect—produces pitch-perfect trills."
--Stage and Cinema

“McKay displayed a lovely lyric voice and she skillfully executed the parodistic moments of coloratura which lampoon moments in Donizetti’s operas or in other works that were popular at the time.”
--Opera West

“Having attained percolated prominence from the earlier Falstaff, returning Maureen McKay pleasingly renditions as the swooning Mabel; however, her strength lies inside moments of softer musical equations. Thus, we have a most tender, melodic moment during the amorous repose, “Oh, here is love, here is truth” in concert with Mr. Whitney’s Frederic.”

“He’s.. (Frederic) the perfect match for the effervescent Maureen McKay, the coloratura soprano who plays his lady love, Mabel.”

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