Monique McDonald
(United States of America)



American Soprano Monique McDonald is hailed for her dynamic stage presence. Her powerful and moving performances have captivated audiences and critics alike, dawing praise from The New York Times, The LA Times, and Opera News among others.

She is becoming known as one of the prominent Verdian Sopranos of her generation. She has enjoyed great success as Lady Macbeth in Macbeth in Spain; Tosca and Elisabetta in Don Carlo with Opera Royal de Wallonie, Belgium; Serena in Porgy & Bess in her debut with the Los Angeles Opera. Other engagements include the title role in Tosca with Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Italy, together with a 15 city tour of Spain including Toledo, Zaragoza, and Burgos theaters; Ariadne in Ariadne auf Naxos for her Seattle Opera debut; Leonore in Il Trovatore for Teatre de Mostoles in Madrid, Spain; Aida at the Luglio Musicale Festival in Sicily. Ms. McDonald is a winner of The Sullivan Foundation Competition, the first Leonie Rysanek prize for the George London Competition, and 1st prizewinner of the Palm Beach Opera and Houston Grand Opera Competitions.

Ms. McDonald made her New York City Opera debut in the role of Donna Anna in Mozart's Don Giovanni and Seattle Opera debut in the title role of Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos.On the concert platform, McDonald has appeared as soloist at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, New York Festival of Song, The Marilyn Horne Foundation, Caramoor Music Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, Santander and Verrano en La Villa Festivals-Spain, Italian Embassy in Paris (Italian and American Ambassadors in attendance), and commanded solo performances for the Prince of Monaco and the King of Belgium. Works performed include Verdi Requiem, Dvorak Requiem, Dvorak Stabat Mater, Brahms Requiem, Mozart's Requiem, Mozart's C Minor Mass, and Exultate Jubilate with conductors that include Maestros Anton Guadagno, Pier Giorgio Morandi, Paolo Arrivabeni, Christopher Hogwood, Lorenzo Muti, John Mauceri, Gerard Schwarz, and Skitch Henderson.

A native New Yorker, Ms. McDonald has been a life-long student of her mother, Betti McDonald. In addition to being accepted into The Juilliard Opera Center, other honors include the Sullivan Foundation Award, the first Leonie Rysanek Award in the George London Competition, first prize winner of the Palm Beach Opera Competition, and first prize winner in the Eleanor McCollum Competition at Houston Grand Opera.Ms. McDonald has sung in opera houses all over the world including Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and Japan.

A Julliard graduate and Grammy-nominated recording artist, Ms. McDonald has now brought her talents to The Institute For Musical Arts, NYC where she has been appointed Executive Director and Master Teacher.

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