Cameron McPhail
New England Encouragement Award 2012

Canadian baritone Cameron McPhail will spend the 2011-12 season completing his Masters of Music at the Yale Opera Studio where he studies with American Bass Richard Cross. This season, he revisits the role of Guglielmo in Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte directed by Justin Way and under the baton of Speranza Scappucci, a role debut as Tarquinius in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia and another debut as Nick Shadow in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progre. In September 2012, he joins the Canadian Opera Company as a member of their studio.


Previous seasons have seen Mr. McPhail develop his repertoire with Mozart’s lead roles including the title role and Masetto in Don Giovanni, Il Conte in Le Nozze di Figaro, Guglielmo in Cosi fan Tutte. He has sung Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi as the title role, Marcello and Schaunard in La Bohême as well as several productions of Verdi’s Falstaff as Ford. Mr. McPhail has also performed the role of Mercutio in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, Escamillo in Bizet’s Carmen and has explored english opera with roles in Somer`s Louis Riel and as The Postman in Lee Hoiby`s The Scarf. He has sung in Canada, the United States and China as well as concert and recitals in England, Scotland, Ireland, Austria, Italy, Germany and the Czech Republic.


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 also performed with the Northern Czech Philharmonic, The Hartford Symphony, La Sinfonica Giuseppe Verdi di Milano, The Banff Festival Orchestra, The Waterloo Symphony, the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, UBC Symphony, Yale Philharmonia, the Edmonton Symphony and the CBC Brass, The Symphony Orchestra of St. John`s and others.


Mr. 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 is currently a New England regional finalist of the 2012 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.


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