Noted by Opera Canada as a “young, lovely and captivating soprano,” and by the Halifax Herald as being “enthusiastically at home on stage” and having an “endlessly energetic and animated interpretation,” Maureen Batt is an accomplished concert and opera artist.
 
 
Maureen’s opera credits include Opera in Concert’s production of La dame blanche (Jenny), Maritime Concert Opera’s productions of Don Giovanni (Zerlina) and La Traviata (Annina), Halifax Summer Opera Workshop’s production of Così fan tutte (Despina), and Dalhousie University Opera Workshop’s productions of The Old Maid and the Thief (Laetitia), The Maid Mistress (Serpina), Ten Belles Without a Ring (Limonia), and The Impresario (Miss Silverpeal). As an actor, she has appeared in Theatre St. Thomas University’s productions of Measure for Measure, Oh, What a Lovely War and Caucasian Chalk Circle. Most recently, she filmed a TV pilot for a series called Oznaberg, which premiered in the 2011 Silverwave Film Festival. Her oratorio credits include Handel’s Esther, Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de Confessore, Bach’s BWV 4, BWV 187 and St. John Passion.
 
 
Maureen placed second at the National Music Festival in 2006 and won the Jan Simons award from the same festival in 2008. Maureen has been the recipient of awards from Opera New Brunswick, artsnb, the National Association of Teachers of Singing (Ontario Chapter), the Fredericton Music Festival, and the New Brunswick Festival of Music. Awards from Dalhousie University include the Elvira Gonnella Scholarship in Voice, the Erik Perth Memorial Award in Opera, the Beatrice Daviss Prize, and the Effie Mae Ross Scholarship in performance. Other awards include a graduate fellowship from the University of Toronto and the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.  
 
 
Maureen’s formal training includes a Master of Music from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Music from Dalhousie University, and a Bachelor of Arts (languages) from St. Thomas University. She is an alumna of the St. Andrews Opera by the Sea workshop, the Halifax Summer Opera Workshop, the Casalmaggiore International Music Festival, and the Daniel Ferro Vocal Program in Italy.
 
 
Maureen currently studies with mezzo-soprano Jean MacPhail and soprano Wendy Nielsen. While at Dalhousie University, Maureen also had the privilege of studying with the esteemed mezzo-soprano Marcia Swanston. In the beginning stages of her singing career she studied with baritone David Mitchell, and mezzo-soprano Maureen Steeves. As a church soloist and section lead, Maureen has worked with David Passmore (Bloor St. United Church), Michael Capon (Glenview Presbyterian Church) and Andrew Ager, Vicki St. Pierre (St. James Anglican Cathedral). Maureen has also worked with Guillermo Silva-Marin and Robert Cooper with Opera in Concert.
 
 
Maureen has participated in masterclasses with Wendy Nielsen, Tom Diamond, Michael McMahon, Malcolm Balk, Suzie LeBlanc, Karina Gauvin, Michelle Beaton, Stuart Hamilton; and, has worked with coaches and collaborative pianists David Eliakis, Stuart Hamilton, Kate Carver, Michael Rose, Amanda Johnston, Tina Chang, Tara Scott, Elaine Boulanger, Catherine MacDonald, Anne Marie Murphy, Dianne Roxborough Brown, Roger Lord, Cameron Stowe, Steven Philcox, Stephen Ralls, Seung-Jo Cha, Robert Kopelson, Jan Philip Schulze, Gráinne Dunne, and Rolando Russo.
 
 
Maureen has had the distinguished honour of being invited to perform for Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress of Japan during their visit to Ottawa, marking 80 years of diplomatic ties between Canada and Japan. And, with the St. James Choir in Toronto, she sang for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburg.
 
 
More recently, Maureen co-founded an opera company called Essential Opera. After a successful inaugural production of Le nozze di Figaro (Susanna) in February 2011, its second season includes performances of Massenet’s Chérubin (Nina) and Handel’s Alcina (Morgana).
 
 
This past summer, as part of the BlackCreek Music Festival Chorus, Maureen had the honour of singing with Plácido Domingo, Sondra Radvanovsky, Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Raul Esparza, Jane Krakowski, Martin Short, Adrianne Pieczonka, Ekaterina Metlova, Richard Margison and René Pape.
 
 
Maureen Batt
November 2011
 
 
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