Canadian soprano and voice professor, Lorna MacDonald, enjoys a career of distinction as an active performer and teacher, and she holds the Lois Marshall Chair in Voice Studies at the University of Toronto. She received Ontario’s prestigious OCUFA Award for “teaching excellence and outstanding contributions to university teaching” and she developed a graduate program in Voice Pedagogy at U of T in which the worlds of science, education, and art are combined to prepare a new generation of young singers and voice teachers.
The triple nature of MacDonald’s academic, performance, and pedagogical career have brought her deep satisfaction and an abundantly creative life. Her performances and master classes have taken her throughout Canada and the US, to Wales, Taiwan, China, France, Ireland, the UK, Germany, Austria, and Bermuda, and recent opera roles include Mozart’s Zaide, Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Antonida in Glinka’s Ivan Susannin and Konstanze in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail. Her award-winning students are found on international stages in opera, art song and popular music. Her research includes a Cochlear Implant Singing Study in collaboration with Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children, and writing a musical performance project based on the life of Alexander Graham Bell and his deaf wife, Mabel Hubbard Bell.
The première of this all-Canadian work is slated for the summer of 2015 at the Alexander Graham Bell Museum in Baddeck, Cape Breton Island, where the Bell family lived for many years.
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