Maureen’s solo career has focused on promoting Canadian classical contemporary repertoire by collaborating with established and emerging composers to commission, première, and re-perform their works.
Her debut album, Lady of the Lake includes song cycles by Schubert and Halifax-based composer Fiona Ryan and was nominated for Classical Recording of the Year (2018) by East Coast Music Association and Music Nova Scotia.
In 2015, Maureen founded Crossing Borders, a contemporary classical recital series that has toured programs of art song, opera arias, musical theatre, and electronics to the United States and Canada. This past fall, she toured Colombia with a program featuring Canadian and Colombian composers. A recent Crossing Borders commission, Breathing in the Shadows by Saman Shahi, will be released later in 2020 on Leaf Music, featuring Maureen singing the title song cycle.
In 2014, Essential Opera presented a triple bill of Canadian premières where Maureen created the roles of Dorothy Parker (Etiquette, Pearce), Anna (Regina, Denburg), and Cindy (Heather: Cindy + Mindy =BFFS 4EVER, Thornborrow). Maureen has also created the roles of Helen (Aunt Helen, Pearce), Keri Ferrell (Hipster Grifter, Denburg), Lorelie Henderson (Stockholm Syndrome, Ryan), Bride (Cake, Pearce), Hannah (Hannah & Paige and the Zombie Pirates, Thornborrow), and Sister Mary Francis/Mother Francis (Time of Trouble, Raum).
Her formal training includes a Master of Music from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Music from Dalhousie University, and a Bachelor of Arts from St. Thomas University (French and Spanish).
Maureen has been on faculty at the Halifax Summer Opera Festival for Massenet’s Cendrillon, Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, Händel’s Alcina, and returns this year for Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and John Blow’s Venus and Adonis. She is a frequent festival adjudicator and offers masterclasses and workshops in the Maritimes and Toronto.
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