Mackenzie Rogers is an opera and musical theatre singer based in New York City.
An Oklahoma native, Ms. Rogers has performed in the United States, Austria, and Italy to date. Her New York City credits include appearing in the world premiere of Mambo Italiano at Westchester Broadway Theatre and performing as Clara in the two-man show, One Summer Morning. She recently made her company and role debut in Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre's production of The Secret Garden, in which Ms. Rogers brought "an innate likability to the maid Martha," and in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, where she "dominated the stage while on it...taking top billing" in her portrayal of the iconic Lucy van Pelt.
During her time with the festival, she also appeared as a featured singer in the centennial celebration Tribute to Leonard Bernstein. Other soloist performances include with the Taneycomo Festival Orchestra in Heitor Villa-Lobos' Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5: Cantilena, and in multiple sacred works, including Vivaldi's Gloria, Purcell's Rejoice in the Lord Alway, Mozart's Missa Brevis in D major, and Bach's Jesu, meine Freude.
In 2016, Ms. Rogers was awarded 2nd Place in the Oregon Chapter NATS Musical Theatre Auditions, and was named a semifinalist in the Comedic Opera Guild's Harold Haugh Light Opera Competition as well as in the 2017 Kurt Weill Institute's Lotte Lenya Competition. Branching into the crossover world of opera and musical theatre, Ms. Rogers has had the opportunity to utilize her dance training in the styles of modern, jazz, hip hop, and tap.
An enthusiast of new music, Ms. Rogers has premiered multiple works, including originating the role of the Kitchenmaid in American composer
Chris Burton's 2014 opera The Nightingale, and commissioning a cabaret-influenced song cycle from the same composer the following year, entitled
Love Songs. Last year, she participated in a workshop of the new opera Tango of the White Gardenia, commissioned by Cascadia Concert Opera, in the role of the villainess, JoJo.
Ms. Rogers' other recent credits include Nancy in Albert Herring, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Belinda in Dido and Aeneas, the Forrester's Wife in The Cunning Little Vixen, Betty in Over Here!, and the Announcer in Gallantry, A Soap Opera. In 2017, she also joined the ensembles of Portland Opera's production of La Bohème and Broadway Rose Theatre's rendition of the popular musical The Addams Family, the latter of which received the Drammy Award for Best Ensemble and the PAMTA Awards for Outstanding Ensemble and Outstanding Revival.
Ms. Rogers is currently transitioning from operatic mezzo-soprano to operatic soprano. She holds her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Central Oklahoma, during which she received the Award for Excellence in Music from the College of Fine Arts and Design, and her Master of Music from the University of Kansas. She lives with her husband and their two cats in Manhattan.