Opera on the Avalon

Donna Fletcher is an accomplished singer, actor, and concert performer with a wide range of national experience in theatre, musical theatre and symphonic work. Proud of her prairie roots, Donna received her early training in Winnipeg and earned a Bachelor of Music in Performance from the University of Manitoba, a diploma in Music Theatre from The Banff Centre for the Arts and a Master of Music in Performance from the University of Toronto. Donna is co-founder of Dry Cold Productions – a theatre company dedicated to presenting modern musical theatre to Winnipeg audiences.

Donna has performed coast to coast in principle roles with the Charlottetown Festival, the Drayton Festival, Rainbow Stage, Theatre Calgary, Stage West Calgary, the Belfry Theatre, the National Arts Centre, MTC, PTE, MTYP, Dry Cold Productions, Winnipeg Studio Theatre, Persephone Theatre, and Manitoba Opera. Donna has directed the Winnipeg premieres of the musicals Sweeney Todd, Nine, The Addams Family, The Light in the Piazza, A Man of No Importance and The Bridges of Madison County for Dry Cold Productions.

Other directing credits include Carousel (Nuova), Love, Loss and What I Wore (WJT), South Pacific (Rainbow Stage/WSO), The Sound of Music and Into the Woods (Opera on the Avalon), Brundibar (Manitoba Chamber Orchestra), Starbachs (Winnipeg Fringe/Ottawa Chamber Festival), Merry Christmas Stephen Leacock (The Little Opera Company) and Assistant Director on the world premiere of Filumena (Calgary Opera/Banff Centre), Calgary Opera’s Sweeney Todd, Opera Ontario’s Susannah, Top Girls at the MTC Warehouse and Madama Butterfly, The Magic Flute and Lucia di Lammermoor for Manitoba Opera.

In the summer of 2012, Donna was inducted to the Rainbow Stage Wall of Fame and became the first Winnipeg female Director to helm a production (Annie) at the theatre.
Donna is part of the vocal faculty and directs the Musical Theatre Ensemble at the University of Manitoba Desautels Faculty of Music. She is actively teaching, coaching, adjudicating and conducting workshops across the country and, in addition to her teaching duties at the University of Manitoba, Donna teaches at the Theatre Department at the University of Winnipeg and is a member of Edmonton’s Opera NUOVA faculty.