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Maghan McPhee

A native of Timmins, Ontario, Canadian soprano Maghan McPhee’s voice has been described as “brilliant, with warm lyricism” (Times Argus). Her 2014/15 season opens with Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream (National Arts Centre Orchestra). She returns to the National Arts Centre in December for their annual Messiah. Ms. McPhee recently launched her debut recording ‘Portrait’, a combination of art songs with resonant poetry that paints a picture of Maghan’s musical self.

Highlights of past seasons include being featured with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the American Symphony Orchestra and making her Carnegie Hall debut in the world premiere of a work by American composer Ryan Carter.

Operatic highlights include creating the role of Hope in the Tapestry New Opera/Edmonton Opera production of Shelter by Juliet Palmer. Ms. McPhee is also a founding member Carmen on Tap (Micaëla), a travelling production based on Bizet’s original score. Most recently, Carmen on Tap appeared at the Stratford Summer Music Festival, Toronto, and the Prince Edward County Music Festival. She is a dynamic and engaging recitalist and chamber musician having been engaged by various presenters including the Ottawa Chamberfest, Thirteen Strings and The Juilliard School in New York.

Ms. McPhee completed her second Masters Degree at Bard College Conservatory of Music in New York where she was awarded a full scholarship and a teaching position. One of only eight international singers in the inaugural class, she worked alongside various world-class coaches including Dawn Upshaw, Kayo Iwama, Jennifer Ringo Conlon, and Lorraine Nubar. She is a recipient of a Canada Council for the Arts Grant for Professional Musicians. This funding enabled her to continue her monthly trips to New York to work with acclaimed American soprano Benita Valente (Marlboro Music Festival), Jennifer Ringo Conlon (Los Angeles Opera; Bard College; Aspen Opera Theater Institute) and others from the Metropolitan Opera.

Competition credits include the Louis Quilico Voice Competition, the Brian Law Competition, the Académie International d'été de Nice (France) Competition, and the Canadian Music Competition. An honours graduate of the University of Toronto, Ms. McPhee earned a Master’s degree from the University of Ottawa. She currently teaches voice at Carleton University.

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