Ralph McDonald graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and whilst at college he won various prizes and awards, including the Governors' Recital Prize.
His recital repertoire is extremely extensive, covering material from the Elizabethan Age through to Lieder and Melodies and up to the songs of the 21st Century. His stage appearances have included The Count (The Marriage of Figaro), The Speaker (The Magic Flute), Il Talpa (Il Trittico), Count Danilo (The Merry Widow), Aeneas (Dido and Aeneas) and he sang the part of Fasolt in Das Rheingold with Bangkok Opera in February 2006.
He is in much demand as a recitalist and oratorio soloist and his repertoire in Oratorio includes the role of Jesus in the St Matthew Passions of Schutz and Bach and also the bass/baritone roles in the St John and St Matthew Passions of Bach, Cantata "Ich habe genug," Vespers by Monteverdi, Creation, Nelson Mass, Stabat Mater (Haydn) Elijah, Requiem (Faure) and (Mozart), Come ye Sons of Art (Purcell), 5 Mystical Songs (Vaughan Williams) Bass Soloist in Beethoven 9th Symphony amongst several others.
He is a member of the Examining panel of TrinityGuildhall London in which capacity he has toured all over the world, particularly in the Australasia region. He is now based in Singapore where he is a Part-Time Lecturer in Voice at LaSalle and also gives regular support meetings for teachers and candidates who are interested in undertaking music exams. In his free time he enjoys swimming, bridge and the novels of EF Benson.