Cameron McPhail
New England Encouragement Award 2012

Cameron McPhail, who received a 2014 George London Foundation Award (for a Canadian singer), began the new season with the Johnstown (PA) Symphony’s “Opera Fest.” On his calendar for the 2014-15 season: “Carmina Burana” with the Florida Orchestra and the Festival International de Lanaudière in Montreal, “Messiah” with the Edmonton Symphony, and the role of Reverend Colgate in a world premiere concert staging of Gregory Vajda’s comic opera Georgia Bottoms with the Huntsville Symphony. Last season the baritone returned to the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio, appearing in mainstage performances as Schaunard in La bohème, Guglielmo in Così fan Tutte, and Silvano in Un ballo in maschera, and covering Ned Keene in Peter Grimes and Duke of Nottingham in Roberto Devereux. Summer brought the Canadian baritone to Opera on the Avalon in St. John’s, Newfoundland as Marcello, and to the Banff Festival Opera in the title role in Don Giovanni.


A native of Brandon, Manitoba, Cameron McPhail holds both an Artist Diploma in Voice and a Bachelor Degree in Economics from The University of British Columbia, and a Masters of Music at the Yale Opera Studio. After his final season at Yale, where his roles included Guglielmo, Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucretia, Masetto, Marcello, Riccardo in I Puritani and George in Of Mice and Men, he appeared as Nick Shadow in The Rake’s Progress as a fellow at The Music Academy of the West. Cameron join the Canadian Opera Company Studio in August 2012 and made his company debut as Normanno in Lucia di Lammermoor, sang Jacob Grimm in Burry’s The Brothers Grimm, several roles in Dialogues des Carmelites, and covered the role of Falke in Die Fledermaus. Other credits include Ford in Falstaff and the title roles in Don Giovanni and Gianni Schicchi (University of British Columbia Opera), Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette and Ford (Opera NUOVA), Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro (Opera on the Avalon), and Schaunard (Highlands Opera Studio).


On the concert stage, Cameron made his professional debut in Vaughan-Williams’ “Five Mystical Songs” with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and returned for their “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 Edmonton Symphony, and The Symphony Orchestra of St. John’s, among others. He was also an award winner at the 2012 Gerda Lissner International Voice Competition and was a finalist at the 2013 George London Competition.



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