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Cameron McPhail

Cameron McPhail
Veronika Roux-Vlachova


A 2014 winner of the George London Foundation Competition, Canadian baritone Cameron McPhail joined the Canadian Opera Company for the 2012-13 season as a member of the Ensemble Studio where he made his company debut as Premiere Officier in Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmelites. During the 2013-14 season he returned to Canadian Opera Company with mainstage appearances as Schaunard in La Bohème, Guglielmo in Così fan Tutte, and Silvano in Un Ballo in Maschera; along with covering Ned Keene in Peter Grimes and The Duke of Nottingham in Roberto Devereux. During Summer 2014 Mr. McPhail sang Marcello in La Bohème with Opera on the Avalon and the title role in Don Giovanni and Barber's "Dover Beach" with Banff Festival Opera. His appearances during the 2014-15 season include Carmina Burana with the Florida Orchestra and Festival International de Lanaudière, Messiah with the Edmonton Symphony, and a concert with the Johnstown (PA) Symphony. He also creates the role of Rev. Colgate in a world premiere concert staging of Gregory Vajda's opera Georgia Bottoms with the Huntsville Symphony.

Mr. McPhail completed his Master of Music Degree at the Yale University School of Music in 2012, where his roles with Yale Opera included Guglielmo in Così fan Tutte and Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucretia. He also recently performed Nick Shadow in The Rake's Progress as a fellow at Music Academy of the West. Previous seasons have seen Cameron McPhail perform many of Mozart's lead roles including both the title role and Masetto in Don Giovanni and the Count in Le Nozze di Figaro. Other favorite roles include the title role in Gianni Schicchi, Marcello and Schaunard in La Bohème, Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette, Escamillo in Carmen, and Ford in Falstaff.

On the concert stage, Mr. McPhail made his professional debut as soloist for Vaughan-Williams' Five Mystical Songs with The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and has since returned for Handel's Messiah. He has performed in Canada, Italy, the United States and China as well as concert and recitals in England, Scotland, Ireland, Austria, Italy, Germany and the Czech Republic.

Cameron McPhail holds both an Artist Diploma in Voice and a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from The University of British Columbia. He has been the recipient of awards and scholarships from the Vancouver Women's Musical Society, The David Spencer Endowment and the Manitoba Arts Council. He has also recently won awards from the George London Foundation, the Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition and at the 2012 New England Regional Finals of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

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