May 25, 2017  St. Andrews, NB Canada

 The St. Andrews Arts Council, Inc. (http://www.standrewsartscouncil.org) has announced the winner of the 2017 St. Andrews International Aria Competition as Canadian mezzo-soprano, Danielle MacMillan.  Ms. McMillan will be soloing with the St. Andrews Festival Orchestra, Hok Kwan conductor & Lewis Dalvit emeritus conductor, on August 19, 2017 in St. Andrews by the Sea, New Brunswick, Canada.

The annual St. Andrews International Aria Competition is open to singers between the ages of 20 – 30. Winners perform with the St. Andrews Festival Orchestra at the annual St. Andrews Gala Festival Concert.  Past competition winners include Measha Brueggergosman, Anna Bateman, Winnie Nieh, Jeremy Ludwig, Bethany Horst, Tracy Cantin and Tonatiuth Abrego (Canada), Mai Washio (Japan), Eric Jurenas, David Blalock and Becca Conviser (USA).

Known for her “deep plumy sound” Paula Citron, Classical 96.3fm and “vocally powerful” Opera in Review, Opera Canada, Toronto native Danielle MacMillan was a member of the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio and made her Canadian Opera Company debut as the Second Niece in Britten’s Peter Grimes. She holds a bachelor of fine arts, with honours, in classical vocal performance from York University, with additional training at Istituzione Teatro Lirico Sperimentale di Spoleto, in Italy and The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music. Her credits include Diana in La Calisto, Cavalli, Second Lady in The Magic Flute, Mozart, Véronique in Le docteur Miracle, Bizet (GGS), Annio in La clemenza di Tito, Mozart (COSI), Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Mozart and Siebel in Faust, Gounod (HOS). Ms. MacMillan also appeared as Dorabella in the COC’s Cosí fan tutte, Mozart: “Act 2’s Danielle MacMillan has a bright sound and beautiful legato phrasing with spinto qualities that speak to heavier roles in the future. It is a surprisingly big voice at this early stage of a career” Paula Citron; and covered the role of Garcias in Don Quichotte, Massenet (COC). Ms. MacMillan joined Palm Beach Opera’s Benenson Young Artist Program in 2015 where she covered the roles of Mercedes in Carmen, Bizet and Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos, Strauss. In their 2016/17 season Ms. MacMillan covered Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, Puccini; Giovanna, and sang Countess Ceprano in Rigoletto, Verdi; and Edith in Pirates of Penzance, Gilbert and Sullivan. Danielle is a recent recipient of the IRCPA Maureen Forrester Scholarship. Ms. MacMillan will be performing at the Newport Music Festival, Opera Night on July 15, 2017 and will be returning to Palm Beach Opera as Cherubino in their 2018 season of Le nozze di Figaro.