Whitney Mather, 2015-2016 Scholarship recipient

Whitney Mather, soprano

Award winning soprano Whitney Mather is recognized for her considerable poise and expressivity and continues to shine in the early and contemporary voice repertoires. Her love of art song interpretation greatly influences her role studies and increases her sensitivity to text and character development. Ms. Mather also enjoys the challenge of working in new music and is thrilled to be a part of the indie opera scene in Toronto.

Award winning soprano Whitney Mather is recognized for her considerable poise and expressivity and continues to shine in both opera and art song repertoires. Ms. Mather also enjoys the challenge of working in new music and is thrilled to be a part of the indie opera scene in Toronto.

In spring of 2017, Ms. Mather made her debut with Opera Atelier in their production of Charpentier’s Medée. Additionally, last season Ms. Mather was thrilled to sing the role of Marie in Donizetti’s La fille du régiment with Vera Causa Opera. In the 2017-2018 season she rejoined Vera Causa Opera as Norina in their production of Don Pasquale. Additionally, Ms. Mather made her debut with the Toronto Classical Singers in their December concert which featured Charpentier’s Messe de minuit and Saint-Säens’ Christmas Oratorio. She was also featured in masterclasses with Judith Forst and with Barbara Hannigan where she performed Pascal Dusapin’s To God with clarinettist Brad Cherwin, and in April 2018, sang in the chorus of Against the Grain Theatre’s ambitious and scintillating Orphée+. 

Ms. Mather has had the pleasure and honour of attending many summer programs in North America and abroad. Most notable among these are Songfest 2016, Toronto Summer Music Festival 2016 and the Vianden International Music Festival and School in 2014. In the summer of 2015, Ms. Mather had the pleasure of performing the roles of Queen of the Night and First Lady in a production of The Magic Flute led by Brent Krysa and Peter Tiefenbach that toured to The Indian River Festival in PEI and to the Stratford Music Festival. 

Ms. Mather has competed successfully at many levels, and was chosen as the 2016 winner of the Toronto Mozart Vocal Competition. Additionally, she was the 2014 winner of the Saskatchewan Music Festival Association’s Gordon C. Wallis Opera Competition, held in Regina and in July of 2013 won the inaugural CFMTA National Voice Competition by judges Isabel Bayrakdarian, Mary Lou Fallis and Richard Margison. Most recently, she was a finalist for the 2017-18 Jim and Charlotte Norcop Prize in Song at the University of Toronto where she is completed her Master’s degree in Vocal Performance under the tutelage of soprano Monica Whicher.