Tenor Mackenzie Gotcher is a resident artist at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Mr. Gotcher won the top prize in the biennial Young Patronesses of the Opera and Florida Grand Opera voice competition in 2017, and is also a 2016 grant recipient from the Career Bridges Foundation. He is an alumni of both the Wolf Trap Filene Artist program and the Santa Fe apprentice program. In the fall of 2018 he returns to AVA to sing Roberto in Le Villi, Puccini's first opera.
In the 2017-2018 season Mr. Gotcher debuted Manrico (Il trovatore) at the Academy of Vocal Arts, reprised the role of Cavaradossi (Tosca) with Permian Basin Opera, and debuted with as Captain Nolan in Santa Fe Opera's new production of Doctor Atomic directed by Peter Sellars and conducted by Matthew Aucoin, with whom Gotcher will collaborate with in future seasons.
Mr. Gotcher garnered critical praise for his "...convincing and confident stage presence..." and the "...full spectrum of his artistry." (Grace Jean, Washington Classical Review) in his portrayal of Mario Cavaradossi in Puccini's Tosca with Wolf Trap Opera and the National Symphonic Orchestra.
Of his recent appearance as Edgardo di Ravenswood in the Academy of Vocal Arts production of 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...” (David Patrick Stearns, The Philadelphia Inquirer).
Mr. Gotcher recently covered the role of Mario Cavaradossi in Tosca at Opera North (NH) and performed the role of Agustín Magaldi in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita. Additional recent appearances include Macduff in Verdi’s Macbeth with Opera Company of Middlebury, Rodolfo (cover) in Puccini’s La bohème and Diego Delarosa in Randall Shinn and Tony Award winner Mark Medoff’s opera Rose in Flames at Utah Festival Opera, as well as Paul Bäumer in the Viennese premier of Nancy Van de Vate’s tragic telling of All Quiet on the Western Front.
For his appearance as Malcolm in dell’Arte Opera Ensemble’s production of Verdi’s Macbeth in New York, James Jorden wrote in the Observer: “In what turned out the be the most thrilling moment of the performance, [Macduff] was then joined by another tenor, Mackenzie Gotcher, for the rousing cabaletta ‘La patria tradita,’ climaxing with both singers landing on high B-flat.” (James Jorden, Observer).
Gotcher was a resident artist at Sarasota Opera in 2013, 2014, and 2015 where he was awarded the Silver Award for returning Apprentice Artist; he holds a bachelors degree in Music.