Ottawa native soprano Gwenna Fairchild-Taylor is currently in her final year of an Opera
Diploma at the University of Toronto. This past season she sang the role of Lady with a Cake
Box in Argento’s Postcard From Morocco with “great conviction and pathos” (Barczablog) and
brought “heartfelt sadness to a lyrical aria of mourning” (NOWMagazine) in creating the role
of Hanna Campbell in Footsteps in Campbell House, a new opera with libretto by Michael
Patrick Albano. She is a 2015 Laureate of Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques and will appear in
gala concerts in Montreal from November 12th-15th.
Gwenna is also a 2015 recipient of a Government of Nunavut Culture and Heritage Grant for her
music and drama classes with young women and children in the arctic designed to foster
positive self esteem and encourage participants of all ages and from all walks of life. Other
select 2014/15 engagements included excerpts from Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder with North
York Concert Orchestra and Vivaldi Gloria. Previous opera credits include Lady Billows in Albert
Herring (UofTOpera), creating the Box Office Attendant in Bekah Simms’ The Box Office, the
title role in The Merry Widow (UWOpera), and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni (Opera NUOVA).
Past summer seasons have brought Gwenna to Stratford Summer Music Vocal Academy, St.
Andrews by-the-sea Opera Workshop, and the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy.
Gwenna holds a Master of Music (Opera) from University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Music
(Honours Voice Performance) from Western University where she studied with Jackalyn Short.
Find out more about Gwenna at gwennafairchildtaylor.com.