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Elizabeth McDonald

Elizabeth McDonald

Soprano, voice teacher

Soprano Elizabeth McDonald is having a diverse career as a performer and teacher. As 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.

The 2017-18 season will see Elizabeth present recitals at the University of Toronto, an with the Prince Edward County Classical Music Festival. With her trio, Women on the Verge, she will be heard in the Texas Tech and Bucknell Universities recital series, the Syracuse Civic Morning Musicals Series, and at the American Cathedral in Paris.

A voice instructor at the University of Toronto, Elizabeth’s students have won major national and international awards including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Competition, the Canadian Opera Company Centre Stage Competition, and the Eckhardt-Grammatté 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 was selected as a 2012 National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Intern Teaching Program participant. She has served as an adjudicator for major voice festivals across Canada and works regularly with the Ontario Youth Choir, the Toronto Children’s Chorus and lectures at the University of Toronto’s annual Choral Symposium. Elizabeth is the past-president of the Ontario Chapter of NATS and is the co-founder of the website

Elizabeth holds a Master of Music from the Eastman School of Music and a Bachelor of Music in Performance from the University of Toronto. She lives in Prince Edward County, ON with her husband and two children.

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