Born in Queens, New York, Monique McDonald made her New York City Opera debut in 1999 as Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Two more roles with City Opera followed shortly thereafter: Serena in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess in 2000 and Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen in 2002. McDonald’s repertoire includes the title role of Gluck’s Armide, the Countess from Mozart’s Nozze di Figaro, Fiordiligi from Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Leonora from Verdi’s Trovatore, Tatyana from Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, and Cleopatra from Barber’s Anthony and Cleopatra. Concert credits for McDonald include the American Songbook evening at Lincoln Center and scenes from Porgy and Bess with the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall; recitals include appearances at the Marilyn Horne Foundation and the New York Festival of Song. With the New York Festival of Song, McDonald recorded Ned Rorem’s Evidence of Things Not Seen live at the Library of Congress; the recording was nominated for a GRAMMY award. In 1998, McDonald was the recipient of the first Leonie Rysanek Award in the George London Competition, and the following year she won the Sullivan Foundation Competition.