Margaret Ravalde is a freelance soprano, opera director and language tutor from Glasgow currently learning with Rosa Mannion. A versatile performer, she enjoys a varied schedule of oratorio, recitals and opera. Recent concert highlights include Haydn Creation for the East Sussex Bach Choir, a performance of Mendelssohn Elijah in Chichester Cathedral and a recital based on Schumann’s Liederkreis in Lincoln with pianist Stuart Ellam.
Recent opera projects have included the role of Cathleen (Vaughan Williams Riders to the Sea) with Piccaclilli Opera, First Boy (Mozart The Magic Flute) for Hampstead Garden Opera and Susanna (Mozart Le nozze di Figaro) for Thames Philharmonia Opera. Last year she performed the role of Maria Bertram in the Scottish première of Jonathan Dove’s Mansfield Park in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and appeared as one of six singers in the operatic performance work DOUG by Janice Kerbel, an entry in the final of The Turner Prize, hosted at Tramway, Glasgow.
Future projects include assistant directing a production of Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte for St.Paul’s Opera, Clapham and Dove’s Mansfield Park for Waterperry Opera Festival’s inaugural season.
While studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland she was Highly Commended in the Norma Grieg French Song Prize and performed the following roles in opera scenes: Governess (Britten Turn of the Screw), Female Chorus (Britten The Rape of Lucretia), Virtù (Monteverdi L’incoronazione di Poppea), Susanna (Mozart Le nozze di Figaro), and Ellen (Delibes Lakmé).
Margaret was a choral scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge where she read Modern and Medieval Languages and was a soloist on the choir’s CD Beyond All Mortal Dreams, which was nominated for a Gramophone Award. During her Year Abroad she studied singing at the Conservatorio G Tartini in Trieste, where she learned Cleopatra (Handel Giulio Cesare) and Papagena (Mozart Die Zauberflöte). While at Cambridge, she regularly performed as a soloist for Andrew Nethsingha and the Choir of St. John’s College, Cambridge and sang the following roles in various productions: Mabel (Gilbert and Sullivan Pirates of Penzance), Lieschen (Bach Coffee Cantata) and Rosalinde (Strauss Die Fledermaus).
Brought up in Glasgow, Margaret began singing in the Royal Scottish National Orchestra Junior Chorus and later sang in the Choir of St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, Glasgow and The National Youth Choir of Scotland. She frequently performed as a soloist on Radios 2, 4 and Scotland and was the first Scot to reach the final of BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year.