Prince Edward Island tenor Jonathan MacArthur is a young artist living in Toronto, Ontario whose studies and voice have brought him international acclaim in the United States, Russia, Italy and China. He is a passionate performer of Early Music, and is a frequent performer in contemporary Canadian opera and has a fondness for singing the works of Benjamin Britten and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Heralded as a young artist with promising talent, Jonathan continues to work in the operatic and musical arts as a producer and avid enthusiast of independent baroque opera and mixed-media performance. He is a frequent assistant at Tapestry, was Front of House Manager during their site-specific production of Medea at the Evergreen Brickworks, and is Producer for FAWN Chamber Creative as they work towards L’homme et le ciel at the Music Gallery this winter.
Jonathan Received his Master’s in Opera from the University of Toronto taking the MacMillan Stage as Prologue/Peter Quint in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, Ernesto in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, and the title role in Britten’s Albert Herring. He received his Bachelor in Music from Dalhousie University with notable performances such as: The School Master in Martinü’s Comedy on the Bridge, Pluto/Aristaeus in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld, Rinuccio in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, and Tobias in Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd. Other notable performances in Halifax include two roles with Opera Nova Scotia: Juan in Massanet’s Don Quichotte and Sobonin in Glinka’s A Life for the Tsar. In 2010, Jonathan made his Indian River Music Festival debut as Man 1 in Jason Robert Brown’s epic song cycle, Songs for a New World. Other Musical Theatre credits include Angel in Jonathan Larson’s RENT (2011) at Halifax’s Spatz Theatre as well as Jack in Sondheim’s Into the Woods.
Jonathan made his Toronto début with FAWN singing John Cage’s composition for solo voice, Aria and collaborated again with FAWN opera in the opera premiere of Cryptomnesia composed by contemporary Canadian composer David Foley. Other notable premieres include: Merton Denscher in Andrew Ager’s Wings of the Dove, Haralda in Casanova (A. Ager), and Mr. Fenoli in Say No to the Dress by Shelley Marwood. Jonathan’s third collaboration with composer Andrew Ager was the premiere of Führerbunker where Jonathan played a historical portrayl of Adolf Hitler which marked the first ever appearance of Hitler in an opera.
Jonathan has performed with Luminato Festival, Toronto’s Capella Intima, Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, Toronto Masque Theatre, Theatre of Early Music, Arts and Letters Club, Toronto Chamber Choir, Orpheus Choir, Saint James’ Cathedral Choir, COSI Connections, Saskatoon Opera and toured with Jeunesses Musicales du Canada. He has recevied fellowships to participate at the Music Academy of the West, Centre for Opera Studies in Sulmona, and iSING International Young Artist Festival (China) and The Compleat Singer (Vancouver). He holds a certificate in Russia Proficiency from the Saint-Petersburg State University and studied at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory.