This blog post was originally posted for the Inaugural Ensemble Studio Competition in 2011.
Our introduction to the finalists in the inaugural COC Ensemble Studio Competition continues today with Danielle MacMillan, a mezzo-soprano from Toronto. Danielle is the only mezzo-soprano among the 10 finalists. You can find her on twitter as @MezzoSopranoDan as well as on Facebook.
Danielle holds a bachelor of fine arts, with honours, in classical vocal performance from York University with additional training at the International Vocal Arts Institute in Montreal, Istituzione Teatro Lirico Sperimentale di Spoleto in Italy and The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music. Last season, she performed the roles of the Cabaret Singer in An Evening of Kurt Weill and Véronique in Bizet’s Le docteur Miracle.
She tells us why she loves opera:
"I started dance training and taking vocal lessons when I was 12, and acted in high school. I find the combination of movement, action and voice on one stage and the emotional sincerity that reaches a listener's soul – that may move them to tears, laughter or surprise – very compelling. Since then, I haven't changed my mind; it's what I've always wanted to do. It's a full-body experience shared with other human beings, which is genuine and exciting. We're taking something so historic and presenting it to a modern audience. The music may be centuries past, but the physicality that comes with it is ever-changing."
Danielle also enjoys "racing go-karts (helps with the coloratura), writing music, cooking without a recipe, reading inspirational quotes, and practicing yoga and Qi gong."
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Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001