“Maghan McPhee was a combination of innocence and vocal surety in the musically difficult part of Hope”
Edmonton Journal, Mark Morris
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.
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|Britten||A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM||Puck|
|Cavanagh/McCune||ZEUS AND THE PAMPLEMOUSSE||Nananina|
LE NOZZE DI FIGARO
|DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE||Pamina/erste Dame/Papagena|
|Nicol||THE CHRISTMAS ROSE||Archbishop Absalon|
|Thomson||FOUR SAINTS IN THREE ACTS||St. Teresa|
|Zemlinsky||DER ZWERG||Zweite Zofe|
|Bach||Cantata No. 191
|Beethoven||Symphony No. 9|
|Brahms||Ein Deutches Requiem|
|Finzi||In terra pax|
Lord Nelson Mass
|MacMillan||Celtic Mass for the Sea|
|Mendelssohn||A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Hear My Prayer
Mass in C minor
Requiem in D minor
|Rutter||Mass for the Children
|Rheinberger||Der Stern von Bethlehem|
|Villa-Lobos||Bachianas brasilieras No. 5|
|Fauré||La bonne chanson|
|Poulenc||Fiancailles pour rire|
|Schumann||Liederkreis Op. 39|
|Schubert||Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, Suleika I & II|
|Strauss, R.||Brentano Lieder|
|Wolf||Comprehensive selection from Goethe, Moericke and Italienisches Liederbuch|
|Zemlinsky||Walzer-Gesaenger Op. 6|
|Greer||Red Red Heart (Canadian)|
|Lampson||Drei Lieder nach Gedichten von Christian Morgenstern|
|Morlock||Involuntary Love Songs (Canadian)|
|Raminsh||Three Spanish Lyrics (Canadian)|
Bard Summerscape (American Symphony Orchestra)
Canadian Centennial Choir
CBC Radio 2
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra May Festival
National Arts Centre Orchestra
National Arts Centre Debut Series
New York City Dessof Choir
Opera Lyra Ottawa
Symphony Nova Scotia
Tapestry New Opera
Timmins Symphony Orchestra
University of Ottawa Orchestra