Lyric soprano Beth McBride (a.k.a. Elizabeth McBride) is an experienced professional singer, qualified speech pathologist and mother of two.

Beth studied Speech Pathology at the University of Queensland, graduating with First Class Honours in 1995. Since then she has worked for the Department of Education in both Tasmania and Queensland, specialising in children’s speech, language and literacy development and training teacher aides and parents to facilitate speech therapy programs. She has also worked for Disability Services in Queensland, focussing on early intervention with young children and promoting functional and alternative communication methods. Since 1999, Beth has worked in private practice, with particular interests in the areas of voice therapy and children’s speech and language development.

Beth completed postgraduate singing training at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, attaining a Graduate Diploma in Opera Performance in 2001 and a Masters of Music in 2004. Beth was the recipient of the Dr Francesco Castellano Operatic Italian Prize 2004 and the Linda Edith Allen Vocal Scholarship 2005. She also received travel scholarships to study at the Dante Alighieri Society in Florence, Italy and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Beth’s singing teacher is the internationally renowned Joseph Ward (OBE). Her Masters research was a pilot study into the effects of preventative speech pathology services for undergraduate singers.

From 2005 to 2007 Beth completed the Developing Artist and Young Artist Programs at Opera Queensland. During this time she had the privilege of working with leading Australian and international voice coaches, conductors and directors, including Peter Robinson, Richard Gill, David Harper, Giovanni Reggioli, Andrew Sinclair, Michael Lewis, and Narelle French. She gained extensive concert experience and made regular appearances in the renowned Opera Queensland Chorus both for mainstage and regional touring operas, including Carmen, La Boheme, A Masked Ball, Die Fledermaus, Madam Butterfly and Turandot. She also worked as a solo artist with the touring Moving Opera team, workshopping the art of music-drama with highschool students, and drawing on her experience and knowledge as both a singer and speech pathologist.

As an operatic soloist Beth has performed the roles of Pamina in The Magic Flute, Second Spirit in The Magic Flute, Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, and Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana. She has appeared in two chamber operas for the Opera Queensland schools program, as Mother and Witch in Hansel and Gretel, and as Songbird and Inspector in Songbird. Beth has also understudied several roles for Opera Queensland, including Helen and Phaedra in the world premiere season of The Love of the Nightingale, Ida in Die Fledermaus, and Pamina in The Magic Flute.

Performances on the concert and oratorio platform have included Mozart’s Missa in C, Saint-Saens’ Christmas Oratorio, Bach’s Magnificat, Purcell’s Come ye Sons of Art, Handel’s Messe Harmonie, Verdi’s Requiem, and Stravinsky’s Les Noces.

Beth’s most challenging role has been the transition to motherhood, with the arrival of sons Charlie in 2006 and Billy in 2009. Beth enjoys exploring how her mothering experiences inform her as a singer and speech pathologist, and how her professional knowledge contributes to her parenting role. This was one of the primary factors that led to the recording of Beth’s debut album Lullaby Sweet Baby, a selection of classical lullabies to soothe and enrich parents and children.

In 2010, Beth will perform in the ensemble for Opera Queensland’s productions of Elixir of Love and Aida, and cover the role of Gianetta in Elixir of Love.