MARGARET BRAGLE, Mezzo-soprano, has been noted for her “expressive virtuosity” and “extraordinarily vibrant” singing by the San Francisco Chronicle. She was the winner of the first Young American Singer Competition sponsored by the American Bach Society and The Bach Choir of Bethlehem and was featured at the 2000 Bethlehem Bach Festival.
Her abilities as a baroque vocalist also earned a fellowship to the Carmel Bach Festival. Equally in demand for her interpretations of contemporary music, she was featured in the world premiere performance and recording of Toby Twining’s Chrysalid Requiem, and sang in the 2002 Carnegie Hall Festival “When Morty Met John”. She recently premiered John Zorn’s Hermeticum Sacrum at the Miller Theater, New York.
Ms. Bragle’s 2004-05 season includes engagements with Miller Theater, Masterwork Chorus, Tempesta di Mare; Duke University Chapel Choir, Cantatas in Context; and the premiere of James Blachly’s new song cycle. A frequent performer with Apollo’s Fire – the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, she has been a soloist in Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, Bach’s St. John Passion, and was invited by that group to sing the Mozart Requiem for a recording and national broadcast by NPR. In conjunction with Opera Atelier, she sang Speranza in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo and the Sorceress in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas.
Ms. Bragle’s recording credits include Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo and Vespers of 1610 as well as the Mozart Requiem with Apollo’s Fire, available from Eclectra. She is also featured on the Musica Omnia recording of the complete works of Chiara Margarita Cozzolani with Magnificat. She can also be heard on the Charlotte Symphony Oratorio Singers CD “Sacred Voices of America” singing Copland’s In the Beginning.