Doug MacNaughton returns to Pacific Opera in October 2014 for the role of Donner in Wagner's Das Rheingold. 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 by Alfonso in Così fan tutte (2010) and the two roles of Benoit and Alcindoro in Puccini's La Bohème (2011).
Doug MacNaughton began his singing career at the age of 20, when he made his operatic debut with Edmonton Opera. Since then, he has gone on to sing throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe. He is at home in opera, operetta, musical theatre and concert work, and he is known as much for the versatility of his acting as for his singing.
Favourite roles include Dandini in Cenerentola for Calgary Opera, L’Opéra de Québec and Knoxville Opera; Ben Hubbard in Regina for Pacific Opera Victoria; and the title role in Wozzeck for the Banff Centre/Nouvel Ensemble Moderne. Concert pieces include Messiah with many orchestras and choirs across Canada, Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem with L’Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, and Dave Brubeck’s The Light in the Wilderness with the Elora Festival Singers. Doug is a frequent performer with the Talisker Players, and has given many concerts at Toronto’s Arts and Letters Club.
In 2013, he performed the multiple roles of Luther, Crespel and Schlemil in Edmonton Opera’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann, as well as the dual roles of Thierry and Monsieur Javelinot in the Canadian Opera Company production of Dialogues des Carmélites. He was also the soloist in the Elmer Iseler Singers’ presentation of Handel’s Messiah. He has been a regular understudy at the Canadian Opera Company, covering such roles as Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte, Benoit/Alcindoro in La Bohème, the Marquis de la Force in Dialogues des Carmélites, and Hobson in Peter Grimes.
His CD Guitarias, featuring Doug as both a singer and a guitarist, was released in February of 2014. Doug lives in Toronto where he also teaches voice and guitar.
AUDIO: Hear Doug MacNaughton in excerpts from works by Bach, Handel, Gershwin, Harry Somers, and others.
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.