Maureen Batt (she/her) focuses on celebrating new music by collaborating with composers to commission, première, and re-perform their works. Her discography includes ECMA-winning Lighthouse (with Grej); JUNO-nominated Breathing in the Shadows; Aunt Helen; Mirror, Mirror; and Lady of the Lake. Celebrated for her “rich, warm sound and masterful acting” (Opera Canada), Maureen has created many Canadian opera roles.
Maureen is the co-Artistic Director of Essential Opera with Erin Bardua, producing operas since 2010. In 2015, Maureen founded Crossing Borders, a contemporary Western art music recital series which has toured the United States, Canada, and Colombia as well as digital broadcasts. Maureen has commissioned and premièred many works for Crossing Borders and Essential Opera.
She has a Master of Music from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Music from Dalhousie University, and a Bachelor of Arts from St. Thomas University. As a pedagogue, Maureen has been a regular vocal coach on faculty at the Halifax Summer Opera Festival, is a frequent festival adjudicator, and offers masterclasses and workshops on voice and movement play. She is a Wholeness in Motion practitioner and does ongoing professional development with Dr. Shannon Coates and Babette Lightner. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Music Centre. Maureen is based in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
For more information and to listen to Maureen’s music visit maureenbatt.com
Singer, Touring Musician
Performer, Singer, Studio Musician, Touring Musician