Lauded by the New York Times as “irresistible” and praised by Opera News for his “warm voice and winning personality,” baritone Conor McDonald was most recently heard as a Filene Artist at Wolf Trap Opera, where he performed the title role in Gluck’s L’île de Merlin, the Major-Domo in Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos, as well as a recital of art songs at the Phillips Collection. Other recent engagements include Marchese d’Obigny in La Traviata with the Atlanta Opera; Captain Corcoran in H.M.S. Pinafore with Anchorage Opera; and Ponchel in Kevin Puts’s Silent Night and the Soldier in Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale at the 2018 Glimmerglass Festival.


Based in New York since 2015, McDonald has performed as Junius in The Rape of Lucretia as a guest artist with CUNY Queens; the Traveler in Curlew River with the Mark Morris Dance Group at Brooklyn Academy of Music; and several appearances as baritone soloist with New York City Ballet, including Bernstein’s Dybbuk, Stravinsky’s Les noces, and Brahms’s Liebeslieder Walzer. Upcoming performances include his debut with Austin Opera (Rigoletto) and a master class and recital at Lee University, where he will perform art songs by Mussourgsky, Britten, Poulenc, and Milhaud with fellow Tanglewood alumna Dr. ChoEun Lee.

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"Director Tara Faircloth used the supporting cast to advantage in a production that was at once fairly conventional — set around the time the opera was written, in the early 20th century — and quietly inventive, particularly in its use of the backstage area in Act II,...


"With his warm voice and winning personality, Conor McDonald was a stand-out as the homesick French aide-de-camp Ponchet." -Opera News (October 2018)

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Returning for their final production of the 2016-2017 season, Kentucky Opera will preview their production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado.

Join us for the live, in-studio on Wednesday February 1, 2017 at 12noon, in our Performance Studio at 619 S. Fourth Street....


Minnesota-born baritone Conor McDonald, who as a youth performed with the Minnesota Opera and the Children's Theatre Company (CTC), is featured in a Web series that gives a behind-the-scenes look at the life a musician.New Tanglewood Tales: Backstage with Rising Artist...

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