Margaret Ravalde (née Walker) is a British soprano currently studying with Wilma MacDougall on the Masters programme at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Margaret was a choral scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge where she read Modern and Medieval Languages. While at Trinity she 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 the roles of Cleopatra in Handel’s Giulio Cesare and Papagena in Die Zauberflöte. While in Cambridge, she performed in a one-to-a-part performance of the Bach St. Matthew Passion with Nicholas Mulroy and Margaret Faultless and performed as a soloist for Andrew Nethsingha and the Choir of St. John’s College, Cambridge in the Mozart Coronation Mass and Bach St. John Passion. She sang the role of Mabel in Pirates of Penzance at the Minack Theatre, Penzance in September 2011, Lieschen in the Coffee Cantata by Bach in Michaelhouse Cafe and Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, the Cambridge University Opera Society Mainshow 2012. Since leaving Cambridge, she has frequently performed as an oratorio soloist across the south of England and is also regularly booked as a recitalist.
Brought up in Glasgow, Margaret began singing in the Royal Scottish National Orchestra Junior Chorus and the Choir of St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, Glasgow. She frequently performed as a soloist on Radios 2, 4 and Scotland and on Songs of Praise. In 2006, she was the first Scot to reach the final of BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year.
She recently appeared as one of six singers in the operatic performance work DOUG by Janice Kerbel, which is an entry in the final of The Turner Prize, hosted at Tramway, Glasgow.
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