Monday, November 3, 2008

Lois McDonall -- new wiki idea

Lois McDonall is a Canadian, Operatic soprano. I have decided to devote a Wikipedia page either to her to Mary Morrison, who is another Canadian Soprano. I take special interest in both singers because not only are they important to me as Canadian singers but also, I have studied with each. This week, I would like to talk a little bit about Lois McDonall. Lois McDonall was my first mentor and in many ways, continues to be. She was born in Alberta in 1939. She was a semi finalist in the 1967 Met Auditions. This was the same year that she made her Canadian Opera Company debut. Ms. McDonall became a resident artist at the English National Opera and spent much of her career there. Her major roles include, Tosca, Constanze, Elsa from Lohingrin, Marschalin from Der Rosenkavalier, Donna Anna, Violetta, Freia, Miss Jessel from Turn of the Screw and many more. She is an expert in the music of Donizetti and Mozart. She has sung some rarer operas by Donizetti, such as the title role in Maria Padilla. Ms. McDonall has also premiered contemporary operas singing the title role in Anna Karenina (a role which was created for her) by Ian Hamilton and Mrs. Medlock in Stephen McNeff’s, The Secret Garden. In 1984, Lois McDonall thought at the Banff Centre and in the next year began to teach at the University of Toronto, where she retired from in 2001. She continues to teach in her private studio in the Toronto area. Many of her students have gone onto notable opera houses around the world, including Othalie Graham. Lois McDonall also has an extensive list of recordings which can be purchased online, if anyone is curious.

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