Miriam stared boldly at the camera, her long brown hair tumbling over her shoulder in loose waves. She wears pink lipstick, silver hoop earrings, and a white lace detailes shirt.

Miriam Khalil

Mentor, Music Alive Quartet

Juno nominated artist, Miriam Khalil has established herself as one of Canada’s most versatile and expressive performers. Equally at home on the opera and concert stage, she has become increasingly known equally for her non traditional repertoire and her nuanced and moving performances. 

She has sung onnumerous opera stages across North America and the UK, including a stint at the renowned Glyndebourne Festival Opera in the United Kingdom. Notable roles include Mimì in La bohème(Minnesota Opera, Opera Hamilton, Canadian Opera Company, Calgary Opera and Against the Grain Theatre), Donna Elvira inDon Giovanni(Opera Tampa and Against the Grain Theatre/The Banff Centre/Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival), Mélisande inPelléas et Mélisande(Against the Grain Theatre), the Governess inThe Turn of the Screw(Against the Grain Theatre), Cleopatra inGiulio Cesare(Glyndebourne Festival Opera), Almirena inRinaldo(Glyndebourne Festival Opera), Susanna inLe Nozze di Figaro(Pacific Opera Victoria, Opera Lyra Ottawa and Against the Grain Theatre),Alcina(Fargo Moorhead Opera), Marzelline inFidelio(Pacific Opera Victoria) and Mamah Cheney in Hagen’sShining Brow(Urban Arias) among others. 

Miriam is a graduate of the prestigious Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio, the Steans Institute for Young Artists (Ravinia) and the Britten-Bears Young Artist Programme in England. While in her last year of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio, she advanced to the semi-finals of the Metropolitan Opera Council auditions and represented the Great Lakes Region on the Met stage, during which she was featured in the documentary film The Audition. She is a recipient of multiple awards and grants from the George London Foundation, the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition Scholarships. 

She is a proud founding member and Associate Artistic Director of the Dora Mavor Moore Award-winning chamber opera company Against the Grain Theatre. With vision and dedication, Against the Grain Theatre explores different and innovative ways of presenting opera to new and familiar audiences. Miriam is delighted to help shape “one of the most important opera companies in Canada” (Calgary Herald). 

Last year Miriam was nominated for a Juno Award for Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral, for her debut album Ayre: Live, a song cycle by Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov. With this song cycle, she made her South American Debut, and premiered Ayre in Buenos Aires. She has also sung this piece to critical acclaim in Banff, Alberta, Ottawa and Toronto, Ontario, Victoria BC and the prestigious Rockport Music Festival, making this Song Cycle her signature piece.  

Miriam made her much anticipated major role debut with the Canadian Opera Company as Mimì in La Bohème last season. A role she revisited with Calgary Opera this past season. She also sang the role of Rosina in Against the Grain Theatre’s Dora winning production of Figaro’s Wedding and revived her signature piece, Golijov’s song cycle Ayre at Toronto’s Koerner Hall. This coming season she looks forward to revisiting the role of Mimì with Edmonton opera, recitals at the Royal Conservatory of Music and Music in the Morning, Vancouver, and Four Last Songs with Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra. 

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