Cameron McPhail
New England Encouragement Award 2012

Cameron McPhail began the 2015-2016 season as Monterone in Rigoletto with Vancouver Opera, and makes his Calgary Opera debut as Frederic in Lakmé. Also in his calendar: “Carmina Burana” for the Winnipeg Symphony and Christus in Bach’s “St. Matthew’s Passion” with the  Vancouver Bach Choir. Last season the baritone sang John Worthing for Victor Davies’ Ernest, The Importance of Being with Toronto Operetta Theatre; took on the title role of Uncle John, a contemporary version of Don Giovanni, with Toronto’s Against the Grain; and appeared in the role of Reverend Colgate in a world premiere concert staging of Gregory Vajda’s comic opera Georgia Bottoms with the Huntsville Symphony. Cameron also sang in“Carmina Burana” with the Florida Orchestra and the Festival International de Lanaudière in Montreal, and “Messiah” with the Edmonton Symphony.


A native of Brandon, Manitoba, Cameron holds both a Bachelor Degree in Economics and an Artist Diploma in Voice from The University of British Columbia, where his roles included Ford in Falstaff and the title roles in Don Giovanni and Gianni Schicchi. Cameron also received a Masters of Music from the Yale Opera Studio, appearing there as Guglielmo, Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucretia, Masetto, Marcello, Riccardo in I Puritani and George in Of Mice and Men. In 2012, as a fellow at The Music Academy of the West, the baritone was Nick Shadow in The Rake’s Progress. Cameron then joined the Canadian Opera Company Studio, making his company debut as Normanno in Lucia di Lammermoor. In his two season with the company, he sang Jacob Grimm in Burry’s The Brothers Grimm, several roles in Dialogues des Carmelites, Schaunard, Guglielmo, and Silvano in Un ballo in maschera; he also covered Falke in Die Fledermaus, Ned Keene in Peter Grimes, and Duke of Nottingham in Roberto Devereux. Other roles for the baritone have included Marcello and Count Almaviva with Opera on the Avalon in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Don Giovanni with the Banff Festival Opera, Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette and Ford with Edmonton’s Opera NUOVA, and Schaunard at Highlands Opera Studio in Central Ontario.


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.


Cameron McPhail received a 2014 George London Foundation Award (for a Canadian singer), after becoming a finalist in 2013. He was also an award winner at the 2012 Gerda Lissner International Voice Competition.




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