Hailing from Stafford, Virginia, bass Cory McGee is currently Master’s of Music student at The Shepherd School of Music, Rice University under the tutelage of Dr. Stephen King. This past summer, Cory joined Wolf Trap Opera as a Studio Artist for the 2018 season, performing the role of La Voce in Mozart's Idomeneo, and Ranger Nat in Wolf Trap's commissioned children's opera, Hanlon's Listen, Wilhelmina!. McGee was also seen as a soloist in Bernstein at 100 - A Celebration, at Wolf Trap's Filene Center. In the fall, McGee was seen in the role of Sylvano in The Shepherd School of Music’s production of Cavalli’s La calisto. Upcoming highlights include joining Santa Fe Opera as an Apprentice Artist for the 2019 season, and performances of Elder Ott in The Shepherd School of Music’s production of Floyd’s Susannah. Recent engagements include the title role of Figaro in Oberlin Opera Theater’s production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Leporello in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with Oberlin in Italy, and Pandolfe in Massenet’s Cendrillon with Oberlin Opera Theater. Praised by Palm Beach Arts Paper for his “powerful, clarion voice,” McGee was seen in several roles in Miami Music Festival’s past two seasons. In 2016, he portrayed Colline in Puccini’s La bohème, Simone in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Reverend John Hale in Ward’s The Crucible, and The Speaker in Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Last season, he was seen as Harasta in Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen, and Lindorf, Coppelius, and Crespel in Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann. Other operatic highlights include Bartolo in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro with Oberlin in Italy, and Mamma Agatha in Donizetti’s Viva la mamma!, with Oberlin Opera Theater.
As a soloist, McGee has most recently performed in Bernstein at 100 - A Celebration, at Wolf Trap's Filene Center. Additionally, he as been featured on Oberlin Conservatory’s 2017 Honor Recital Series, with Oberlin’s Mozart Players in Haydn’s The Creation, and on a joint concert of Schubert/Mayrhofer lieder with pianists of the Lake Como Academy. This past year, Cory has also been featured on several musical salons of Cleveland’s Stars in the Classics, a non-profit organization committed to providing intimate performance opportunities for emerging, world class musicians in Northeast Ohio and beyond.