Maghan McPhee

Last updated: December 7, 2023

Age old pedagogy. Fresh new rep.

Maghan McPhee is a revered lyric coloratura soprano thanks to her sensitive artistry, precise musicianship, and luscious instrument. She is adept with standard repertoire and highly sought after for premiering new works by established contemporary composers such as Monica Pearce, Andrew Ager, and Aulon Naci. Her soaring soprano suits the difficulty and high tessitura of many Mozart roles including Ilia (Idomeneo), Susanna and Contessa (Le nozze di Figaro), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), and Zerlina and Donna Anna (Don Giovanni). Other signature roles include Micaela in Bizet’s Carmen, and Berta in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia where she made her mark and “immediately had the public holding their breath during her brief but remarkable solo” (Le Droit).

An accomplished concert performer, she has sung at Carnegie Hall, and with notable orchestras including Thirteen Strings, Symphony Nova Scotia, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and the American Symphony Orchestra. With the NAC Orchestra she worked with Alexander Shelley in Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Nights Dream along with acclaimed actor Colm Fiore and was the soprano soloist in their Messiah. McPhee launched her debut recording Portrait with pianist Parvaneh Eshghi, to great reviews: “[Maghan has] full command of her instrument, precise in her attacks, and stylish in her approach to the songs...” (barczablog).

Maghan is a curious artist and forever dedicated to her passion for exploring the human voice’s power and possibility. She imparts the training she received in New York and holds a private studio embracing in-person training as well as virtual with students all over the country and abroad. She is the founding executive director of Breno Italy International Music Academy. BIIMA is celebrating its 10th season enabling participants to awaken their artistry in an idyllic and nurturing setting in voice, piano, choral, improvisational composition, and flute. 

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