British-Icelandic soprano Margaret Ravalde enjoys a varied schedule of oratorio, recitals and opera. Future projects include a recital based on Schumann’s Liederkreis with John Challenger in Salisbury Cathedral and the role of Echo in Ariadne auf Naxos by Strauss and covering the Governess in Britten’s Turn of the Screw, both for the Trentino Music Festival, Italy.
Recent concert highlights include Mendelssohn’s Elijah in Lincoln Cathedral and Haydn’ Creation in Chichester Cathedral. Recent opera projects have included the role of Cathleen (Vaughan Williams Riders to the Sea) with Piccalilli Opera, First Boy (Mozart The Magic Flute) for Hampstead Garden Opera and Susanna (Mozart Le nozze di Figaro) for Thames Philharmonia Opera. In 2016 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.
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.