#BehindtheCurtain: Iain MacNeil: “Music is cathartic”

by | Nov 17, 2021 | Featured, Interviews

In our newest, exclusive Q&A series #BehindtheCurtain, we’re going ‘backstage’ to ask Canadian opera artists to share their journey and what inspires them. In this installment, Canadian baritone Iain MacNeil shares his idea of a perfect day off, and reflects on the restorative power of self-care, music and nature.  

Iain MacNeil

Baritone Iain MacNeil in the Canadian Opera Company’s Canadian Opera Company: Centre Stage Competition. Photo: Michael Cooper

Iain MacNeil is a member of the Frankfurt Opera Ensemble and a semi-finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions. From 2014 to 2016, he was a member of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio and in his last year performed the title role in The Marriage of Figaro. In 2016, he made his debut in the role of Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucretia with the Banff Centre and the following year debuted the title role in Don Giovanni with Saskatoon Opera. In 2020, MacNeil made his debut as Johann in Oper Frankfurt‘s Werther and in 2021/22 can be heard as the Minstrel in Oper Frankfurt’s Königskinder, and Odysseus in their new production of Dallapiccola’s Ulisse.

MacNeil has been recognized with numerous scholarship and prizes, including the Sylva Gelber Foundation Award, the Emmerich Smola Förderpreis in Landau, Germany, and he is a winner of the Canadian Opera Company Centre Stage Competition.

Watch & listen to his full answer below!

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