Pacific Opera Victoria
Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro
April / May, 2014
As a participant in Pacific Opera Victoria's 2012 Resident Artist Program Miriam Khalil made her POV mainstage debut as Frasquita in Carmen. She returns in 2014 as Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro – a role she has previously performed with Opera Lyra Ottawa.
Praised for her stage presence and her distinctive vocal tone, Lebanese-Canadian soprano Miriam Khalil is described as being a lush lyric with spinto overtones (Opera Canada) and on the road to future greatness (Classical 96.3 FM).
Her 2013-2014 season includes a French and Spanish Art Song recital in Toronto, her debut with the Ottawa Choral Society and Victoria Symphony, Haydn's Mass in Time of War with the Thunder Bay Symphony, a recital tour with Debut Atlantic, and Mélisande in Pelléas et Mélisande with Against the Grain Theatre.
Ms. Khalil returned to Glyndebourne in the summer of 2011 for one performance and to cover the role of Almira in Handel's Rinaldo. Previously for Glyndebourne Ms. Khalil had covered the roles of Zerlina in Don Giovanni and Cleopatra in Handel's Giulio Cesare. She was enthusiastically received when she stepped in at the very last second to replace an indisposed Danielle de Niese as Cleopatra. Further credits include Mimi in La Bohème with Opera Hamilton and Against the Grain Theatre; Musetta in La Bohème with Edmonton Opera, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro with Opera Lyra Ottawa, Empress Marie in The Bird Seller and Carolina in Torroba's Luisa Fernanda for Toronto Operetta Theatre' Elizabeth D'Aulnières in Charles Wilson's Kamouraska with Opera in Concert, Toronto, and an Opera Gala with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra.
Other recent engagements include Raminsh's Requiem with the Thunder Bay Symphony, the Governess in Against the Grain Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of Britten's The Turn of the Screw, and her debut with Opéra de Montréal in their annual Gala, as well as Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with Symphony Nova Scotia and Susanna in Against the Grain Theatre's Figaro's Wedding.
As a member of the prestigious Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio, she sang such roles as Leah in James Rolfe's world premier of Swoon, Laura in Luisa Miller, the Confidante in Elektra, and Pamina in The Magic Flute. She was acclaimed for her interpretations of Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Fata Morgana in L'Amour des trois oranges, the Governess in The Turn of the Screw, Micaëla in Carmen and Dido in Dido and Aeneas.
A graduate of The Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music, Miriam holds an Artist Diploma in Voice, and a Bachelor's Degree in vocal performance from the University of Ottawa. In 2007 she won first place in the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions for the Great Lakes Region. She is a recent member of both The Steans Institute for Young Artists at Ravinia and The Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme.
Ms Khalil is also esteemed for her concert and oratorio work. Her credits include Ravel's Shéhérazade, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Bach's Christ lag in Todesbanden, Vivaldi's Gloria, Requiems by Brahms and Mozart as well as Pergolesi's and Szymanowski's Stabat mater.
Above, Miriam sings "Si mi chiamano Mimi" from La Bohème
Khalil has a gorgeous, romantic, arching sound that immediately commands the ear. Hers is truly a beautiful and distinctive voice.
Paula Citron, Opera Canada