Canadian mezzo soprano Megan Latham made her Pacific Opera Victoria debut as Eduige in the November 2010 production of Handel's Rodelinda. She returned in 2013 for the role of Mistress Quickly in Verdi's Falstaff, and in 2017 will be the Third Lady in Mozart's The Magic Flute
Raised in Abbotsford, BC, Megan has enjoyed the distinction of recognition in opera, oratorio, and recital. She has worked with distinguished conductors including Harry Bicket, Will Crutchfield, Richard Bradshaw, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, David Agler, Jeanne Lamon and Agnes Grossman.
Recent credits include the Grandmother in the world première of Stickboy for Vancouver Opera, Geneviève in Pelléas et Mélisande for Against the Grain Theatre, Rossweisse in Die Walküre for the Canadian Opera company, Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor for Edmonton Opera, Verdi's Requiem for the Ottawa Choral Society, Ruth in the world première of Dark Sisters for Vancouver Opera, and Siegfried and Le nozze di Figaro for the Canadian Opera Company. She looks forward to Emilia in Otello for Vancouver Opera in April 2017.
Ms. Latham's recent engagements with the Canadian Opera Company have included Giovanna in Verdi's Rigoletto, Voice of the Mother in Les contes d'Hoffmann, Zita in Gianni Schicchi, Mère Jeanne in Dialogues des carmélites and Herodias (cover) in Salome. She performed the role of Mrs. Grose in Britten's The Turn of the Screw with Against the Grain Theatre, and was heard in concert at the Bayfield Festival of Song and with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. Other recent highlights include the Rhombus media production of Alexina Louie's Politics is Cruel: An Opera, Verdi's Requiem with the Regina Symphony, and Secretary to Chairman Mao in the Canadian Opera Company's Nixon in China.
Other roles with the COC include Marcellina in Mozart's Le nozze die Figaro, Waltraute Isaura in Rossini's Tancredi, Florence Pike in the Ensemble Studio production of Britten's Albert Herring, and Waltraute and Second Norn in Wagner's Götterdämmerung (cover).
As a concert artist, Ms. Latham has been the soloist for numerous works including Handel's Messiah and Dixit dominus, Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle, Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass, Mozart's Krönungsmesse, and Vivaldi's Gloria and Beatus Vir. Ms. Latham has performed throughout North America, including making her Carnegie Hall debut for the Marilyn Horne Foundation.
Ms. Latham appeared as Sister Sophia in the long-running Mirvish production of The Sound of Music at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto. She has been heard as Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro for Vancouver Opera and in Bon appetit with the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony.
During her programme to obtain a Master of Opera degree at the University of Toronto and her Bachelor of Music in Opera from the University of British Columbia, Ms. Latham performed Dorabella in Mozart's Così fan tutte, Ruggiero in Handel's Alcina, Mrs. Herring in Albert Herring, Second Lady in Mozart's La Finta Giardiniera, and Mrs. Nolan in Menotti's The Medium.
The other star is mezzo Megan Latham, who ... shows consummate acting skills in her portrayal of the Grandmother, and her lyric voice provides the perfect emotional anchor for the role.
Konstantin Bozhinov, Classical Voice North America, review of Vancouver Opera's Stickboy, 2014
Megan Latham brought a strong voice and forthright characterization to this terrifying woman.
Elizabeth Paterson, Review Vancouver, Pacific Opera Victoria's Rodelinda, 2010
Megan Latham, a mezzo-soprano and another Canadian, brought her warm and earthy voice to four of Brahms's wistful settings of German folk songs.
Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, 2005