“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 North America and the UK, including a stint at the renowned Glyndebourne Festival Opera in the United Kingdom. Notable roles include Mimì in La bohème (Minnesota Opera, Opera Hamilton, Canadian Opera Company 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.); Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro (Pacific Opera Victoria, Opera Lyra Ottawa and Against the Grain Theatre), Alcina (Fargo Moorhead Opera), and Mamah Cheney in Hagen’s Shining Brow (Urban Arias) among others.
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 year Miriam was nominated for a Juno Award for Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral, for her debut album Ayre: Live, a song cycle by Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov. With this song cycle, she made her South American Debut, and premiered Ayre in Buenos Aires. She has also sung this piece to critical acclaim in Banff, Alberta, Ottawa and Toronto, Ontario, Victoria BC and the prestigious Rockport Music Festival, making this Song Cycle her signature piece. She is elated to be opening the 21c Music Festival at Koerner Hall this coming season with this very piece.
This season, Miriam made her much anticipated major role debut with the Canadian Opera Company as Mimì in La Bohème. A role she is excited to sing again this coming season with Calgary opera. She also sang the role of Marzelline, in Beethoven’s Fidelio with Pacific Opera Victoria and returned to Victoria Symphony to sing in their Viennese New Year concert. She also sang Mahler’s Rückert Lieder with Thunder Bay Symphony. Other roles this season include Eurydice in Orphée+ at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, and Noor Haddad in AtG’s Bound v2. This coming season she looks forward to singing the final version of Bound, a Handel mashup by acclaimed Canadian composer Kevin Lau, and award winning director and librettist Joel Ivany. She is also excited to sing the role of Rosina in AtG’s Dora winning production of Figaro’s Wedding.