Maghan McPhee

Introduction


“Maghan McPhee was a combination of innocence and vocal surety in the musically difficult part of Hope”
Edmonton Journal, Mark Morris

Biography

 


A native of Timmins, Ontario, Canadian soprano Maghan McPhee’s voice has been described as “brilliant, with warm lyricism” (Times Argus). Ms. McPhee was a semi-finalist in the Montreal International Voice Competition and winner of the Silver Medal at the esteemed Eckhart-Gramatté competition, which focuses on new music. The finals of both competitions were broadcast live on National CBC radio and showed her ability in a wide variety of repertoire including contemporary works, opera, oratorio and art song.

Ms. McPhee debuted with Nova Scotia Symphony Orchestra, singing Haydn’s Die Schöpfung and has also recently debuted with Tapestry New Opera and Edmonton Opera in Shelter, where she created the role of “Hope”, and “was a combination of innocence and vocal surety in the musically difficult part” (Edmonton Journal).  

During the summer of 2013, Maghan performed the national anthem with the NAC orchestra at the Governor General Awards and then made her debut with Chamberfest, performing works by Canadian composer Weinzweig with NAC orchestra flautist Joanna G'froerer and pianist Frederic Lacroix.  

Previously, Ms.McPhee made her Carnegie Hall debut in the world premiere of a work by Ryan Carter. Other highlights include her debut recital at the National Arts Centre, a recital at the Juilliard School with pianist Joel Harder and performances with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the American Symphony Orchestra, on the main-stage at the National Arts Centre under Pinchas Zukerman’s baton, and at the National Gallery of Canada.

Along with partner Julie Nesrallah, Maghan is the producer of “Carmen on Tap”, a production company with the goal of introducing new audiences to opera by combining high art, food and drink in the elegant yet casual setting of the Velvet room in Ottawa’s historic Byward Market. Maghan performs the role of Micaëla in this consistently sold-out production, with internationally acclaimed tenor, Richard Troxell.

Ms. McPhee finished 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 Dawn Upshaw, Kayo Iwama, Jennifer Ringo Conlon, and Lorraine Nubar as well as several other New York coaches. 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), Lorraine Nubar (Met Opera; Juilliard; New England Conservatory; Bard College), 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. Ms. McPhee is a voice teacher for Carleton University.

January 2014

PLEASE DESTROY ALL PREVIOUSLY DATED MATERIAL. MODIFIED VERSIONS MUST BE APPROVED BY DEAN ARTISTS.

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Full Repertoire

OPERA REPERTOIRE

Bizet CARMEN Micaela
Britten A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM Puck
Cavanagh/McCune ZEUS AND THE PAMPLEMOUSSE Nananina
Mozart DON GIOVANNI
IDOMINEO
LE NOZZE DI FIGARO
Elvira
Ilia
Contessa/Susanna
  DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE Pamina/erste Dame/Papagena
Nicol THE CHRISTMAS ROSE Archbishop Absalon
Palmer Hope Shelter
Puccini LA BOHEME Musetta
Strauss, R. SALOME Slave
Thomson FOUR SAINTS IN THREE ACTS St. Teresa
Verdi LA TRAVIATTA
FALSTAFF
Violetta
Nanetta
Zemlinsky DER ZWERG Zweite Zofe

 

CONCERT/ORATORIO REPERTOIRE

Bach Cantata No. 191
Johannes Passion
Matthäus Passion
Beethoven Symphony No. 9
Brahms Ein Deutches Requiem
  Liebeslieder
Neue Liebeslieder
Bruckner Te Deum
Fauré Requiem
Finzi In terra pax
Handel Messiah
Haydn Die Schöpfung
Lord Nelson Mass
Theresienmesse
MacMillan Celtic Mass for the Sea
Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Elijah
Hear My Prayer
Mozart Kronungsmesse Mass
Mass in C minor
Requiem in D minor
Orff Carmina Burana
Poulenc Gloria
Rutter Mass for the Children
Magnificat
Rheinberger Der Stern von Bethlehem
Villa-Lobos Bachianas brasilieras No. 5
Vivaldi Gloria
Zelenca Dixit Dominus
Magnificat
SONG CYCLES  
Fauré La bonne chanson
Poulenc Fiancailles pour rire
  Metamorphoses
Schumann Liederkreis Op. 39
Schubert Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, Suleika I & II
Schoenberg Op. 2
Strauss, R. Brentano Lieder
Wolf Comprehensive selection from Goethe, Moericke and Italienisches Liederbuch
Zemlinsky Walzer-Gesaenger Op. 6
CONTEMPORARY  
Cardy Autumn (Canadian)
Crumb Apparition
Greer Red Red Heart (Canadian)
Lampson Drei Lieder nach Gedichten von Christian Morgenstern
Morlock Involuntary Love Songs (Canadian)
Raminsh Three Spanish Lyrics (Canadian)


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Engaged By

Aldeburgh Connection
Banff Centre
Bard Summerscape (American Symphony Orchestra)
Canadian Centennial Choir
Carnegie Hall
CBC Radio 2
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra May Festival
Edmonton Opera
National Arts Centre Orchestra
National Arts Centre Debut Series
New York City Dessof Choir
Opera Lyra Ottawa
Pontiac Enchante
Symphony Nova Scotia
Tapestry New Opera
Timmins Symphony Orchestra
University of Ottawa Orchestra