Doug MacNaughton

Doug MacNaughton, Baritone

Pacific Opera Victoria
Benoit and Alcindoro in La Bohème

February, 2011


Doug MacNaughton returns to Pacific Opera in February 2011 for the two roles of Benoit and Alcindoro in Puccini's La Bohème.

Mr. MacNaughton made his POV debut as Taddeo in L'Italiana in Algeri in 1997. He subsequently returned as Dr. Downie in Erewhon (2000), Hortensio in The Taming of the Shrew (2001), Trinculo in The Tempest (2004), and Benjamin Hubbard in the Canadian premiere of Marc Blitzstein's Regina (2008). In 2010 he made his role debut as the Major Domo in the POV's Canadian stage premiere of Richard Strauss's Capriccio. This was followed in April 2010 by Alfonso in Così fan tutte.

Doug MacNaughton grew up in Brandon, Manitoba and made his debut with Edmonton Opera in 1982. He has since appeared throughout Canada and the U. S. His flair for physical comedy has made him much in demand for roles such as Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Dandini (La Cenerentola), and Elviro (Xerxes), while his musical sensitivity and acting ability have made him successful in a variety of genres - oratorio (Messiah, Carmina Burana); chamber music (Dover Beach, La Bonne Chanson); musical theatre (Enjolras in Les Misérables) and contemporary music.

His most recent performances include the role of Cervantes/Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha for the Stirling Festival Theatre, Maximilian in Candide for Manitoba Opera and Ben Hubbard in Regina for Pacific Opera Victoria. On the concert stage he performed Dave Brubeck's Light in the Wilderness with the Elora Festival Singers. He has performed in twelve world premieres including the roles of Hanjuro in The Scarlet Princess for the Canadian Opera Company, Dr. Downie in Erewhon for Pacific Opera Victoria and Le Vampire in Le Vampire et la nymphomane for Chants Libres.

Mr. MacNaughton lives in Toronto where he also teaches voice and guitar.

The understated elegance and beautiful tone of Doug MacNaughton (baritone) as the Major-Domo, stage-manager of the chateau's smooth running, added to an already stylish production.
Review Vancouver (Pacific Opera Victoria's Capriccio)

Doug MacNaughton's subtly insinuating Don Alfonso, coming after his loftily authoritative Major-Domo in last month's Capriccio, impressively demonstrated this talented baritone's histrionic range.
Bernard Jacobson, Musicweb International (Pacific Opera Victoria's Così fan tutte)

MacNaughton used his attractive voice to embrace all of the nuances of the libretto… he is a great singing actor.
Opera Canada

January 2011