American mezzo soprano MARGARET BRAGLE is earning praise from critics and audiences alike for her performances in a wide range of repertoire. Hailed for her “expressive virtuosity” by the San Francisco Chronicle, her voice has been described as “gorgeous” by Classical New Jersey, and “warm and expansive” by The (New London) Day.
Ms. Bragle’s appearances in the 2007-2008 season include her debuts with Sinfonia New York in Haydn’s Harmoniemesse, the Calgary Philharmonic in Haydn’s Missa Sancti Nicolai, the Vancouver Chamber Choir in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Northwest Performing Arts as Ruggiero in Handel’s Alcina, Firebird Arts Alliance in a staged version of Bach’s St. John Passion to be released on DVD, the Harvard Collegium Musicum for Bach’s B Minor Mass, and the St. Thomas (NYC) Choir of Men and Boys for Copland’s In the Beginning. She will return to Cleveland-based Apollo’s Fire for a Monteverdi program, the Bach Choir of Bethlehem for a program of Bach cantatas, and Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra for Mozart’s Requiem and Haydn’s St. Cecilia Mass.
In the 2006-2007 season, Ms. Bragle made her debuts with the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra singing Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s St. John Passion, Symphony Nova Scotia for Handel’s Messiah, and with the Bach Sinfonia as the Sorceress in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. She was also seen as Dido in the Dallas Bach Society’s production of Dido and Aeneas, and as a soloist with Apollo’s Fire to perform and record Handel’s Dixit Dominus, Duke University to sing Handel’s Messiah, and Magnificat Baroque for Chiara Margarita Cozzolani’s Vespro della Beata Vergine.
In the 2005-2006 season, Ms. Bragle made her debuts with the Memphis Symphony singing Vivaldi’s Gloria and Mozart’s Exultate, Jubilate; the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra for a Bach cantata program; Albany Pro Musica for Messiah and The New Opera as Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Cosí fan tutte. She was a soloist for Vivaldi’s Gloria with the Mark Morris Dance Group for it’s 25th anniversary season at Brooklyn’s Academy of Music, Messiah with the Dallas Bach Society, Ippolita in Cavalli’s Elena with the Cornell Collegium Musicum, and Mozart’s Mass in c Minor with the Duke University Chapel Choir. She also gave a solo recital in Salt Lake City.
Ms. Bragle recently premiered Three Songs by James Blachly which were written for her and sang on the Queens College New Music series with members of Second Instrumental Unit. She has also premiered works by John Zorn and Toby Twining at New York’s Miller Theatre and the Concertgebouw. She has appeared in performance with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Charlotte Symphony, the San Antonio Symphony, the North Carolina Symphony, the Canton Symphony, the Akron Symphony, the Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia, Masterwork Chorus, Tempesta di Mare, Apollo’s Fire and has also been invited to perform at the Breckenridge Connecticut Early Music Festival and the Monadnock Festival.
Ms. Bragle was named an Emerging Artist by Symphony Magazine in 2005 in the publication’s yearly presentation of classical soloists on the rise. She was the winner of the first Young American Singer Competition awarded by the American Bach Society and the Bethlehem Bach Festival and was also awarded an Adams Fellowship to the Carmel Bach Festival.
Ms. Bragle has recorded CDs of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo and the Vespers of 1610 with Apollo’s Fire for Eclectra. Her recording of Mozart’s Requiem, also with Apollo’s Fire has recently been released by Koch. She has recorded the complete works of Chiara Margarita Cozzolani with Magnificat for Musica Omnia, Toby Twining’s Chrysalid Requiem for Cantaloupe Music, Copland’s In the Beginning with the Charlotte Symphony Oratorio Singers on their own label, and can be heard on the Ex Cathedra recording Music of Medieval Love.
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