Anne-Maree McDonald

Anne-Maree McDonald’s career began when, as a teenager, she performed at the piano, on variety television shows. Anne-Maree left the pop world and went to Victorian College Of The Arts to study opera, before joining The Australian Opera as a very young principal soprano.

She sang leading roles in The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, The Mikado, Trial by Jury, La Cenerentola, Fiddler on the Roof, La Buona Figliuola, Countess Maritza Gianni Schicchi, The Magic Flute, Boris Godunov and the world premiere of Richard Meale’s Voss. With Dame Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge, Anne-Maree appeared in The Merry Widow, Dialogues of the Carmelites, Alcina, Les Huguenots and she was honoured to sing at Dame Joan’s 70th Birthday Gala, Australia House, London.

In musical theatre she performed Eliza Doolittle - My Fair Lady (with Dennis Olsen)  Kaye Swift - Gershwin the Musical, The Seven Deadly Sins and performed in many concerts in Australia, UK and China.

As Music Director she has led Trial by Jury—Convent Garden Festival, Lanza – The Last Serenade (UK Tour), Shout! - The Legend of the Wild One (Johnny O’Keefe), Tell Me On A Sunday (Kookaburra) and Floyd Collins (City Recital Hall). She was Music Director/conductor for three of Sydney Mardi Gras iconic concert series Hats Off! - and has MD’d concerts for many solo artists.

Anne-Maree has accompanied Philip Quast for the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Sydney Festival, Melbourne Morning Melodies, Tamworth Capitol Theatre and QPAC. She recently performed her own one woman show at Claire's Cabaret, Sydney.

Anne-Maree ran the musical theatre vocal course at the Communication University of China, Beijing, for two years, (before covid arrived) and is a core singing tutor at NIDA. She absolutely adores her musical and teaching collaborations with Philip Quast and she is thrilled to be involved with AMTF 2022!

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