Baritone Conor McDonald was most recently a member of the Sandford Studio Artist Program at Kentucky Opera, where he was heard as Harlekin in Ariadne auf Naxos, Pish-Tush in The Mikado, and Yamadori in Madama Butterfly. The 2018 season continues with Hercules in Hercules Vs. Vampires and Elder McClure in Susannah as an Emerging Artist with Nashville Opera.
Recent and past performances include engagements as a Young Artist at the Glimmerglass Festival, the Traveler in Britten’s Curlew River with the Mark Morris Dance Group at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Cardinal and Priest in Glass’ Galileo Galilei with Des Moines Metro Opera, and Junius in The Rape of Lucretia with CUNY Queens.
At the Tanglewood Music Center, McDonald appeared in several recitals presenting works by Ravel, Schumann, Dessau, Mussorgsky, and Berlioz. As a graduate student, McDonald appeared in some of his favored repertoire: Jesus in Bach’s St John Passion, Malatesta in Don Pasquale, and Papageno in Die Zauberflöte. A Minneapolis native, McDonald holds bachelor’s degrees in vocal performance and art history from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in voice and opera from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.