Irish mezzo-soprano Margaret Bridge’s repertoire ranges from early baroque through classical and romantic, right up to contemporary music. Her roles include Flora (La Traviata), Dorinda (The Tempest), Mrs Monday (If You Can Find Me – Sondheim Revue), Maddalena (cover) (Rigoletto), Melanto (The Return of Ulysses), Elaine (Later the Same Evening), Prince Charmant (Cendrillon), Agrippina (Agrippina), Hen/Pasek’s wife and the Cock (The Cunning Little Vixen), Erisbe (L’Ormindo) and Journalist (Sensational!). She is a former Studio Artist with Northern Ireland Opera and winner of the Deborah Voigt Opera Prize at the NI Opera Festival of Voice, Glenarm, 2018.
Margaret is also at home as a soloist in oratorio and concert performances. Highlights include Bach’s St John Passion at the Crumlin Road Gaol Belfast in April 2023 in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, Handel’s Messiah in a semi-staged performance, Philip Wilby’s An English Passion, De Falla’s El Amor Brujo with the Ulster Orchestra (September 2018), Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with the Goethe Institut choir in the National Concert Hall, Dublin, and Vivaldi’s Gloria at Léran Music festival, France.
She has sung for numerous projects with the Monteverdi Choir and Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Handel and Haydn Society Boston under Harry Christophers, as well as with Chamber Choir Ireland. On the operatic stage, she has sung with the choruses of Wexford Festival Opera, Irish National Opera, Chautauqua Opera USA, and Wide Open Opera, and was due to sing with Glyndebourne Opera for the 2020 Festival, which was cancelled due to COVID-19.
Margaret holds a B.A. in Musicology and Theory with first class honours and a foundation scholarship from Trinity College Dublin as well as graduate degrees in vocal performance from the Royal Irish Academy of Music and New England Conservatory, Boston. She also conducts and was a participant in the 2019-21 NCH Female Conductor’s Program, sponsored by Grant Thornton.