Covered Covered & Performed Scenes Premiere of New Work Concert
'Il est doux, il est bon' from Massenet's Herodiade
'It's My Wedding' from Jonathan Dove's 'The Enchanted Pig'
'Wie Nahte Mir Der Schlummer' from Weber's Der Freischütz
THE INDEPENDENT 'The effect on Butterfly’s character is minimal (soprano Margaret Cooper conveyed fragility in hooker heels and hotpants as well as she might have done in an antique kimono), but the effect on everyone else is profound.’ Anna Picard
THE TIMES ‘Happily, the opening night Butterfly, Margaret Cooper, one of three sharing the role, is captivating. In her gaudily lit apartment, suggestive of a neon-lit, tawdry existence, she is naive and delicate, yet tough, touching and never cloying. Her eyes glitter with ardent hope and flood with pain; and she delivers the famous aria One Fine Day with searing power and passion. All the inconsistencies are worthwhile to see this Butterfly spread her wings.’ Sam Marlowe
WHATS ON STAGE ‘One conspicuously strong performance saves the production...Margaret Cooper could carry the role of Cio-Cio San in any opera house; she has a superb voice, magnetic eyes and stage presence to spare. I cannot vouch for Cooper’s fellow Butterflys but on this showing she, well supported by Elspeth Wilkes’s discreetly secure musical direction, earns the show a second star.’ Mark Valencia
Lyric soprano, Maggie Cooper, was born in London in 1982 and brought up in Oxford. She is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she studied as a scholarship student with Susan McCulloch. She completed first her BMus degree and then her Masters degree.
Her operatic roles include Cio Cio San Madame Butterfly (Opera Up Close) Mimi La Boheme (Longborough Festival Opera YAP), Micaela Carmen, Donna Anna Don Giovanni, Susanna Le Nozze di Figaro, Dido Dido and Aeneas, Adina L'elisir d'amore, Poppea L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Mercedes Carmen and Catherine (Offenbach's operetta) Pomme D'Api. She has performed female leads for the British premieres of Mendelssohn’s Camacho’s Wedding (Quiteria) and Lalo’s Fiesque (Leonore) both with UCO at the Bloomsbury Theatre and the premiere of The Miller's Wife (Louisa) by Mike Christie and premiered at the Arcola Theatre for the Grimeborn Opera Festival. Oratorio experience includes all the major works and ranging from Vivaldi's Gloria to Orff's Carmina Burana and a Great War oratorio by contemporary composer Christopher Woods. Notably she performed the Mozart C Minor Mass under the baton of the late Sir David Willcocks.
Maggie is frequently asked to perform solo recitals and choral works in the UK and abroad. The most prestigious event being the opening of Marsa Zayed at which she had the honour of performing to His Majesty King Abdullah of Jordan. She has given recitals in Europe’s oldest concert hall, the Holywell Music Room and in London she has performed at many prestigious venues including St Paul's Cathedral, St John’s Smith Square, Kings Place, The Savoy Hotel and The Dorchester Hotel, The Guildhall, Tottenham Football stadium and Twickenham Rugby Stadium. She was a regular performer for four years for the award winning Live Music Now! scheme founded by Yehudi Menuhin.
In March 2018 Maggie Co-founded Carshalton Opera, producing professional opera galas and productions to inspire and move children and adults in the local community.
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