“For me, breath is the genesis of everything in life…”

read more thoughts on teaching in this
Schmopera Interview


Teaching at the University of Toronto and performing around the world with the trio Women on the Verge

From the voice of …… Elizabeth McDOnald 

Canadian soprano and voice teacher Elizabeth McDonald likes to think she is a rule follower but in fact, her career as a singer and teacher have not followed any of the traditional paths of her industry.

From making her last minute debut as Elletra in Mozart’s Idomeneo while 7 months pregnant, to being the youngest voice faculty member at UofT and insisting on commuting from her home in Prince Edward County, to quitting opera and starting a vocal trio to promote female composers and the stories of women, Elizabeth has established a diverse career as teacher, mentor and performer.

This diversity works perfectly in a time where all of our expectations for a career in music have been blown up. Thinking outside the box and encouraging her students to develop their own ideas and passions, Elizabeth has mentored singers through wins as diverse as the Metropolitan Opera competition and the Eckhardt-Gramatté Contemporary Music competition and has prepared singers for a range of opportunities from Opera Graduate School auditions to Cirque du Soleil auditions.  Her current and former students sing all over the world on opera, folk, pop, choral and circus stages. Outside the box is her comfort zone.


Teaching Studio

University of Toronto
Faculty of Music
80 Queens Park
Toronto, ON M5S 2C5