McDonald, Audra bio

McDonald, Audra bio 2014-06-27T15:04:59+00:00

Audra McDonald is unparalleled in the breadth and versatility of her artistry as both a singer and actress. With five Tony® Awards, two Grammy® Awards and a long list of other accolades to her name, she is among today’s most highly regarded performers. Blessed with a luminous soprano voice and an incomparable gift for dramatic truth-telling, she is equally at home on Broadway and opera stages as in roles on film and television. The New York Times remarks that she is “ravishing of voice and Olympian of stature, she’s an overwhelming presence.” In addition to her theatrical work, she maintains a major career as a concert and recording artist, regularly appearing on the great stages of the world.

Ms. McDonald received her classical vocal training at the Juilliard School. A year after graduating, she won her first Tony® Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical for Carousel at Lincoln Center Theater. On the concert stage, she has premiered music by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Adams and sung with virtually every major American orchestra. It was the Peabody Award-winning CBS program “Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years” that first introduced Ms. McDonald to television audiences as a dramatic actress, and from 2007-11 she played Dr. Naomi Bennett on the hit ABC medical drama, “Private Practice.”

This performance marks Audra McDonald’s La Jolla Music Society debut.

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