A distinguished artist and educator, mezzo-soprano Jean MacPhail has nurtured the talents of young singers for more than 35 years. Ms. MacPhail is responsible for the of the voice program of The Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School: one offering rich, individualized training for young singers, as well as instruction in the historical, cultural, and linguistic framework of art music.
Among her acclaimed students are sopranos Isabel Bayrakdarian and Miriam Khalil; mezzo-soprano Wallis Giunta; and tenor Gary Rideout. Her students have won numerous international competitions, including the Metropolitan Opera auditions, the Marilyn Horne Competition, the George London Competition, the Kathleen Ferrier and the Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques, and have performed with some of the world’s leading opera companies, including Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, and La Scala.
The founding President of the Ontario chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Ms. MacPhail has helped build a community of educators across the province dedicated to the art and science of voice teaching. As a performer, she has sung for the BBC, CBC, the English National Opera, and the Canadian Opera Company, as well as the Toronto Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, and the National Arts Centre Orchestras.
She has lectured extensively on voice studies and opera and is a past judge of the Metropolitan Opera Competition, the Juno Awards, and panelist on CBC’s Saturday Afternoon at the Opera.
Ms. MacPhail is an Honorary Fellow of The Royal Conservatory of Music.