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Maghan McPhee

Performance Instructor: Voice

The soaring voice of Maghan McPhee’s soprano is known for its ‘brilliancy and warm lyricism’ (Times Argus). Her instrument seems tailor-made to the high tessitura and difficulty in the Mozartian opera roles, including Ilia (Idomeneo), Susanna and Contessa (Le Nozze di Figaro), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Zerlina and Donna Anna (Don Giovanni). Other signature roles include Micaela in Bizet’s Carmen, and Berta in Rossini’s Barbiere di Siviglia where she made her mark and “immediately had the public holding their breath during her brief but remarkable solo”.(LeDroit)

An accomplished concert performer, she has performed at Carnegie Hall, and with notable orchestras. With the National Art Centre Orchestra, she worked with Alexander Shelley in Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream and was the soprano soloist in their Messiah. Ms. McPhee launched her debut recording“Portrait” with pianist Parvaneh Eshghi, to great reviews: “[Maghan has] full command of her instrument, precise in her attacks, and stylish in her approach to the songs…” -Barcza Blog Leslie Barcza.

Maghan’s commitment to training young singers and musicians has lead her to found and direct the ​Breno Italy International Music Academy​ in 2014 with pianist Dr. Carl Philippe Gionet. This two week, voice and piano masterclass focuses on each musician, working alongside others on body awareness, repertoire, technique, diction, performance and collaboration. Each musician has daily lessons, coachings and performances in the masterclass. A safe-haven for artistic growth is created in this Italian Alpine Academy. The inspired artists push themselves beyond what they think they are capable of and grow tremendously in this short period of time. On top of their training, the students take in the sights of Verona and an opera at the ancient amphitheatre. This year, Maghan is working in conjunction with soprano Christina Haldane and Roland Graham, with his choral workshop. Auditions for BIIMA 2020 will take place in Ottawa, Toronto, Moncton, Halifax and New York in January, 2020.

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