Tanny McDonald Biography (1940-)

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"My early years were spent training as a classical pianist (Nadia Boulanger,Jean Doyen, Jean Casadesus; master classes under Artur Rubenstein and RobertCasadesus), culminating in two Paris recitals. Vocal study in New York (Hunter College Opera Workshop, William Weibel of Metropolitan Opera, Olga Ryss) led to New York performances as Pamina and Papagena in The Magic Flute,and as Musetta in La Boheme. I went into theatre to do the classics. Iwould read a play and say to myself, 'I know that person. I can show youwho she is.' I believe in the joy of live theatre: of actually being outthere doing it; of developing the skills to do it--body, voice, intellect, experience. Whenever I don't get a part I covet, I go back to the drawingboard, and I take pride and pleasure in moving back and forth between straight drama and musicals, applying the techniques and skills of one to the other."

actress, singer
Birth Details
February 13, 1940
Princeton, Indiana

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