Halifax Soprano, Abigail Sinclair, began her studies at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music this past year with professor Elizabeth McDonald, and is the recipient of the Ethel Berney Jackson Scholarship from the University of Toronto. In 2018, she competed in the ACNMP Contemporary Showcase, Advanced Vocalist class, singing works by Canadian Composer Mary Gardiner. She has participated in many concerts through University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music, including performances presenting original works by students from the Composition Faculty, the XXII Collective, and reprising the role of Sister Mary Amnesia from “Nunsense” for the Vocal Faculty’s “Give My Regards To Broadway” Musical Theatre Cabaret. Before that, she studied voice at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts with Paula Phillips from 2009-2018. Abigail was a member of the Intensive Training Program at Halifax Dance from 2011-2017. She has spent the last three summers with the Halifax Summer Opera Festival, performing in Suor Angelica in 2016 (Una Novizia), Albert Herring in 2017 (Emmie) and finally L’incoronazione di Poppea (La Fortuna/Damigella) under the baton of Dr. Vicki St. Pierre. She is the recipient of the 2016 and 2017 Ifan William Senior Trophy, and the 2017 Opera Nova Scotia Voice Scholarship. Abigail has competed in the Halifax Kiwanis Music Festival and the Nova Scotia Federation of Music Festivals, Provincials. In the 2018 Provincial Festival, she competed in both junior Classical Voice and Musical Theatre, taking home the provincial title in both, as well as third place in Musical Theatre at the National Music Festival. She is very excited to be joining HSOF again this summer, making her role debut as Morgana in Handel’s Alcina, with Conductor Markus Howard and Director Erin Bardua.
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