Hailed for her “clear, bright tone” (Cleveland Classical) and described as “fiery, wild, and dangerous” (Classical Voice North Carolina), soprano Margaret Carpenter Haigh is a versatile artist, with repertoire ranging from mediaeval to contemporary music. She has performed as a soloist with the Portland (Maine) Symphony Orchestra, the Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestra, Oxford Bach Soloists, Simon Carrington Chamber Singers, and Apollo’s Fire. Alongside her husband, organist and harpsichordist Nicolas Haigh, Margaret is co-founder of L’Académie du Roi Soleil, an ensemble specializing in French music from the time of Louis XIV and with which she has performed in venues including York Minster; New College Chapel, Oxford; and Clare College Chapel, Cambridge.
Recent engagements of note including singing and narrating David Del Tredici’s An Alice Symphony with Robert Moody and the Portland Symphony, and singing alongside Mark Padmore as a Britten-Pears Young Artist in the Aldeburgh Festival. Touring engagements have taken her to Israel, Germany, and France under the baton of Timothy Brown, and she has been featured as a soloist in the Easter at King’s Concert Series in King’s College Chapel, Cambridge. In the 2016-2017 season, Ms. Carpenter Haigh's engagements include Handel's Messiah with the Winston-Salem Symphony and performances of Boccherini’s Stabat Mater, Couperin’s Leçons de Ténèbres, Mozart’s Requiem, Bach’s Johannes-Passion, Purcell’s Acis and Galatea (Galatea), and numerous Bach cantatas with the Raleigh Bach Soloists and Apollo's Fire. She looks forward to her début with the Memphis Symphony (TN) and the Newberry Consort during the 2017-2018 season and to joining the Oregon Bach Festival Chorus in Eugene, OR.
Ms. Carpenter Haigh holds the M.Mus in Choral Studies from the University of Cambridge, where she was a Gates Cambridge Scholar at Clare College and studied conducting with Stephen Layton. She attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro for her undergraduate degrees in voice (B.M.) and organ (B.A.). Whilst at UNC-Greensboro, she served as assistant chorus-master to the Winston-Salem Symphony Chorus and was selected as a conducting fellow at the Yale Norfolk Chamber Music Festival in Norfolk, CT. She also served as acting associate director of the Keele Bach Choir, Keele Philharmonic Choir, and Keele Philharmonic Orchestra in Keele, Staffordshire (UK). In 2016, she served on the choral faculty of the Oklahoma Arts Institute in Quartz Mountain. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in historical performance practice at Case Western Reserve University where she studied with Ellen Hargis and Aaron Sheehan.
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