Canadian soprano Elizabeth McDonald is having a diverse career as a performer and teacher. A young artist with both the Santa Fe Opera and the Canadian Opera Company, Elizabeth understudied and performed a number of major roles including Elettra in Mozart’s Idomeneo, The Woman in Schoenberg’s Erwartung, Miss Jessel in Britten’s Turn of the Screw, and Jenufa in Janecek’s Jenufa. She has appeared with the National Ballet Orchestra, the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, and the Kingston Symphony and is a regular recitalist having been featured at Virginia Polytechnic University, Eastman School of Music, and the Universities of Toronto, Lakehead, Lethbridge, Queen’s and Carlton, and the Off Centre Music Salon. In the studio she has recorded Canadian composer Martha Hill Duncan’s Singing in the Northland with pianist Kathryn Tremills. Performances for 2016-17 include recitals at the University of Toronto, Bimiji State University, Lethbridge University, St. George’s Cathedral in Kingston, and the Quinte Society for Chamber Music. Oratorio work includes the soprano soloist in Mozart’s Requiem.
A 2012 participant of the prestigious NATS Intern Program, Elizabeth is quickly making a name as an active and inspiring teacher of voice. Her students have won major awards including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Competition, the Canadian Opera Company Centre Stage Competition, and the Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition. They have been accepted at prestigious summer programs including the Ravinia Festival, The Schubert Institute, and COSI; as well as major graduate programs in the United States and the United Kingdom.
Elizabeth has served as an adjudicator for major music festivals across the country including Saskatoon, St. John’s, Ottawa, Brantford, Barrie, Grand Falls-Windsor and the Peterborough Kiwanis Music Festivals and has conducted master classes at Carlton, Western, Queen’s, Lakehead, and Lethbridge Universities. Within the community she regularly works with the Toronto Children’s Choir and the Ontario Youth Choir. During the summer of 2017 Elizabeth will serve as voice adjudicator for the New Brunswick Provincial Music Festival, voice clinician for Cowtown Opera Summer Academy in Calgary, AB, and teach at the University of Toronto Annual Choral Symposium.
Elizabeth graduated from the Eastman School of Music with a Master of Music in Performance and Literature and was additionally awarded a Performers’ Certificate. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Performance from the University of Toronto and has trained at the Banff Centre for the Arts in the Dramatic Integration Program, the Britten-Pears School in Contemporary Song Literature, the Orford Arts Centre, and at the Vancouver Early Music Festival.
Currently on faculty at the University of Toronto, Elizabeth has served as the Associate Editor for the new Conservatory Voice Series published by PLANGERE Editions in 2014, is the past President for the Ontario Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), and is the co-founder of the database ArtSongFinder.com.
Elizabeth resides full time in Prince Edward County, Ontario with her husband and two children.