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Meg Bragle

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 ďexpressive virtuosityĒ by the San Francisco Chronicle, her voice has been described as ďgorgeousĒ by Classical New Jersey, and ďwarm and expansiveĒ by The (New London) Day.

Ms. Bragleís appearances in the 2007-2008 season include her debuts with Sinfonia New York in Haydnís Harmoniemesse, the Calgary Philharmonic in Haydnís Missa Sancti Nicolai, the Vancouver Chamber Choir in Bachís Christmas Oratorio, Northwest Performing Arts as Ruggiero in Handelís Alcina, Firebird Arts Alliance in a staged version of Bachís St. John Passion to be released on DVD, the Harvard Collegium Musicum for Bachís B Minor Mass, and the St. Thomas (NYC) Choir of Men and Boys for Coplandís In the Beginning. She will return to Cleveland-based Apolloís Fire for a Monteverdi program, the Bach Choir of Bethlehem for a program of Bach cantatas, and Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra for Mozartís Requiem and Haydnís St. Cecilia Mass.

In the 2006-2007 season, Ms. Bragle made her debuts with the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra singing Handelís Messiah and Bachís St. John Passion, Symphony Nova Scotia for Handelís Messiah, and with the Bach Sinfonia as the Sorceress in Purcellís Dido and Aeneas. She was also seen as Dido in the Dallas Bach Societyís production of Dido and Aeneas, and as a soloist with Apolloís Fire to perform and record Handelís Dixit Dominus, Duke University to sing Handelís Messiah, and Magnificat Baroque for Chiara Margarita Cozzolaniís Vespro della Beata Vergine.

In the 2005-2006 season, Ms. Bragle made her debuts with the Memphis Symphony singing Vivaldiís Gloria and Mozartís Exultate, Jubilate; the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra for a Bach cantata program; Albany Pro Musica for Messiah and The New Opera as Fiordiligi in Mozartís CosŪ fan tutte. She was a soloist for Vivaldiís Gloria with the Mark Morris Dance Group for itís 25th anniversary season at Brooklynís Academy of Music, Messiah with the Dallas Bach Society, Ippolita in Cavalliís Elena with the Cornell Collegium Musicum, and Mozartís 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 Yorkís Miller Theatre and the Concertgebouw. She has appeared in performance with the Orchestra of St. Lukeís, 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, Apolloís 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 publicationís 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 Monteverdiís LíOrfeo and the Vespers of 1610 with Apolloís Fire for Eclectra. Her recording of Mozartís Requiem, also with Apolloís Fire has recently been released by Koch. She has recorded the complete works of Chiara Margarita Cozzolani with Magnificat for Musica Omnia, Toby Twiningís Chrysalid Requiem for Cantaloupe Music, Coplandís 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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