About Max

Max PotterSelect credits: Lohengrin (Dritte Edilknabe, Ortrud cover) and La Cambiale di Matrimonio (Clarina) with Opera Southwest; Die Zauberflöte (Second Lady/Papagena) with Salt Marsh Opera and The Muses Creative Artistry Project; L’incoronazione di Poppea (Damigella) with Bare Opera; Così fan tutte (Dorabella) with North Shore Music Festival; Dead Man Walking (Mrs. Charlton, Sister Helen Prejean cover) with Des Moines Metro Opera.
Awards: Mildred Miller International Vocal Competition (2019)—Semi-Finalist, The Jensen Vocal Competition (2017 & 2018)—Semi-Finalist, Premiere Opera Foundation & NYIOP Vocal Competition (2019)—Semi-Finalist, The American Prize (2018)—Semi-Finalist, Annapolis Opera Vocal Competition (2018)—Semi-Finalist.
Education: Indiana University (Master of Music, 2014), Northwestern University (Bachelor of Music, 2011).

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To Watch

Virtual Sing-In, Part 3

Cocktails, Concerts, and Conversations, Week 2

”Waiting for the Song” (Chautauqua Opera Song Cycle)

Week Two Master Class

Opera Invasion 1: Ballads on Balconies, Tour D

Opera Invasion 2: Opera Open Book

Opera Invasion 3: Miller Bell Tower Sing-a-long

Week Nine Master Class

Opera Invasion 4: Grand Finale - A Musical Tour of the Institution Grounds

Young Artist Interview

Max Potter 2Q: What is your hometown?
A: Rockville MD

Q: What was the first opera you saw and how old were you?
A: The first opera I saw was the movie version of Tosca with Raina Kabaivanska that my grandmother would play on repeat in her home when I was little. 

Q: What was the first opera in which you performed?
A: My first opera performance was as Jenny Hildebrand in Street Scene.

Q: Opera features some pretty iconic characters. Who is your favorite operatic character and why?
A: I very much love Carmen because she is completely and unapologetically herself. 

Q: Who are your opera singing idols?
A: Tatiana Troyanos and Christa Ludwig (hashtag #mezzolove)

Q: What do you love most about opera?
A: I love that the music brings depth to characters and situations that cannot be found in words alone.

Q: Chautauquans love their ice-cream! What is your favorite flavor?
A: Banana pudding (sadly not gluten free but I still hold a candle for it!)

Photo caption: Max Potter as Dorabella in Così fan tutte at The North Shore Music Festival. Photo credit: Daniel Klein.

Spotify Playlist

Each week, two of our Young Artists will draw inspiration from Chautauqua Institution’s weekly theme and weekly interfaith theme to curate Spotify playlists for your listening pleasure. We hope these playlists provide inspiration, joy, and a chance to engage with these themes in a different way.

For Week Two, Max drew inspiration from the theme Forces Unseen: What Shapes Our Daily Lives.

She says:

“I chose to approach this theme with the idea that we have preconceived notions about many of these popular songs. We immediately know how they go and what they sound like when they come to mind. I chose to curate a playlist featuring reinterpretations of some of my favorite pieces. I hope to challenge myself and others to see these well-known songs in a new light. I love when artists make strong, creative, personal choices in performance, and I wanted to take this opportunity to celebrate that.”