“Soprano Miriam Khalil has a voice as unusual as it is gorgeous since it emerges with brightness of a soprano but with the timbre of an alto. This combination plus her gift for phrasing brings out the profundity of all her music...”
Stage Door, Christopher Hoile
Miriam Khalil is an acclaimed Lebanese-Canadian soprano specializing in opera and concert performance. She has been lauded as a "skilled, versatile artist" with a “signature warm lyrical voice” by Musical Toronto, described as "dark, dangerous and alluring” by Opera Going Toronto, and praised for “making her fine soprano express every emotion with exactness and feeling” by the Globe and Mail.
Miriam is a graduate of the prestigious Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio, the Steans Institute for Young Artists (Ravinia) and the Britten-Bears Young Artist Programme in England. While in her last year of the COC Ensemble Studio, she advanced to the semi-finals of the Metropolitan Opera Council auditions and represented the Great Lakes Region on the Met stage, during which she was featured in the documentary film The Audition. She is a recipient of multiple awards and grants from the George London Foundation, the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition Scholarships.
Miriam has appeared on numerous opera stages across Canada and Europe, including a stint at the renowned Glyndebourne Festival Opera in the United Kingdom. Notable roles include Mimì in La bohème (Minnesota Opera, Opera Hamilton and Against the Grain Theatre); Musetta in La bohème (Edmonton Opera); Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni (Opera Tampa and Against the Grain Theatre/The Banff Centre/Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival); Mélisande in Pelléas et Mélisande (Against the Grain Theatre); the Governess in The Turn of the Screw (Against the Grain Theatre); Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare (Glyndebourne Festival Opera, U.K.); Almirena in Rinaldo (Glyndebourne Festival Opera, U.K.); and Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro (Pacific Opera Victoria, Opera Lyra Ottawa and Against the Grain Theatre).
Equally at home on the concert stage, Miriam has been a frequent recitalist in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. She has performed oratorios, song cycles and opera galas with orchestras across Canada including Symphony Nova Scotia, Victoria Symphony, Thunder Bay Symphony, Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Thunder Bay Symphony and Sudbury Symphony.
She is a proud founding member of the Dora Mavor Moore Award-winning chamber opera company Against the Grain Theatre (AtG). With vision and dedication, AtG explores different and innovative ways of presenting opera to new and familiar audiences. Miriam is delighted to help shape “one of the most important opera companies in Canada” (Calgary Herald).
This past July, Miriam made her South American Debut in Buenos Aires singing the Argentinian premiere of Osvaldo Golijov's acclaimed song cycle, Ayre. She has also sung Ayre to critical acclaim in Banff, Alberta, Ottawa and Toronto, Ontario with future engagements to sing this piece at the prestigious Rockport Music Festival, making this Song Cycle her signature piece.
This season, Miriam made her Washington DC debut with UrbanArias as Mamah Cheney in Daron Hagen's opera Shining Brow; her Fargo-Moorhead Opera debut in the title role of Handel's Alcina and joined Against the Grain Theatre in their Handel workshop titled BOUND. She is also returning to Edmonton Opera as Donna Elvira in Mozart's Don Giovanni, and Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity to sing Eurydice in Orphée⁺ by Gluck/Berlioz.
Next season, she looks forward to returning to Pacific Opera Victoria as Marzelline in Beethoven’s Fidelio, to Victoria Symphony for their Viennese New Years, and a return to the Canadian Opera Company as Mimì in La bohème.