Marshall, Margaret (1949–)

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Marshall, Margaret (1949–)

Scottish opera singer. Name variations: Margaret Anne Marshall. Born Jan 4, 1949, in Stirling, Scotland; attended Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama; studied with Edna Mitchell, Peter Pears and Hans Hotter.

Won 1st prize at International Competition in Munich (1974); gave concerts throughout Europe and made recital debut at Wigmore Hall (1975); made Festival Hall debut singing in Bach's St. Matthew Passion (1976); gave operatic debut in Florence as Euridice in Orfeo ad Euridice, conducted by Riccardo Muti (1978); performed for 1st time in US with Boston Symphony Orchestra (1980) and appeared with Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic and in Philadelphia with Sir Neville Mariner; made acclaimed appearance as Countess in Figaro at Covent Garden (1980); debuted in Salzburg and at La Scala in Milan, singing Fioriligi in Cosi fan Tutte (which she recorded for EMI, 1982); appeared for 1st time with Vienna State Opera as Mozart's Countess (1988); also performed for Scottish Opera in such roles as Pamina and Countess and with Royal Scottish National Orchestra in Britten's War Requiem and Strauss' Four Last Songs. Awarded Officer of British Empire (OBE, 1999).