Tenor Mackenzie Gotcher is a resident artist at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, PA where he has debuted the title role in Verdi's Il trovatore, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti), and Roberto in Puccini's first opera, Le Villi. As Roberto, Gotcher garnered critical praise for his “powerful voice…” (David Fox, Parterre Box) and “dashing stage presence.” (Cameron Kelsall, Broad Street Review).
Mr. Gotcher won the Mid-Atlantic district of the Metropolitan Opera Competition in 2018 as well as scholarship from the Mario Lanza Institute. He won the top prize in the biennial Young Patronesses of the Opera and Florida Grand Opera competition in 2017, and is a grant recipient from the Career Bridges Foundation.
Gotcher made his debut with the Santa Fe Opera as Captain James Nolan in Doctor Atomic. The landmark new production was directed by Peter Sellars and conducted by Matthew Aucoin; it was named one of 2018's best performances by the New York Times.
In 2019 Mr. Gotcher will join Maestro Matthew Aucoin in concert to sing John Wormley in excerpts from Maestro Aucoin's opera, Crossing, for the American Civil War Museum in in Richmond, Virginia. Additional engagements in the 2018-2019 season include several debuts; Gotcher will sing "Nessun Dorma" (Turandot) with the York Symphony Orchestra in their "Sports Orchestrated" concert, a holiday pops concert with the Yavapai Symphony Association, and excerpts from La bohème with Festival d'Aix-en-Provence alongside Angel Blue, Joseph Calleja, Alexey Markov, and Siobhan Stagg under the baton of Maestro Daniele Rustioni. Additionally, Gotcher will cover the role of Mario Cavaradossi in a new production Puccini's Tosca, directed by Christophe Honoré, for Festival d'Aix-en-Provence.
Recent highlights include Mario Cavaradossi in Tosca with Wolf Trap Opera and the National Symphonic Orchestra as well as Permian Basin Opera, recitals at the Academy of Vocal Arts and Yavapai Performing Arts Center in Prescott, Arizona, Agustín Magaldi in Evita with Opera North, Macduff in Macbeth (Verdi) with Opera Company of Middlebury, Diego Delarosa in Rose in Flames by Randall Shinn and Tony Award winner Mark Medoff with Utah Festival Opera, and Paul Bäumer in the Viennese premiere of All Quiet on the Western Front by Nancy Van de Vate. Gotcher covered the roles of Rodolfo (La bohème) for Utah Festival Opera and Mario Cavaradossi (Tosca) for Opera North.
Of his Academy of Vocal Arts debut as Edgardo di Ravenswood in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, David Patrick Stearns of the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote, “But the discovery is […] Mackenzie Gotcher, who already has a pleasingly burnished sound and sense of legato line that makes music and words pour out of him. His use of the Italian language makes music that might seem mindlessly tuneful speak to elemental aspects of human existence...”
Gotcher is an alumnus of the Wolf Trap Opera Filene Artist Program, the Santa Fe Apprentice Program, and Sarasota Opera where he was awarded the Silver Award for Apprentice Artists.