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Margaret Price (1941 - 2011)

As Margaret Price’s father, although a talented amateur pianist, was initially opposed to her pursuing a career in music, she therefore intended to become a teacher of biology. When she was fifteen however, she visited Trinity College, London with her school music teacher and sang for Charles Kennedy Scott, the founder of the Oriana Choir. He insisted that she enter the College immediately and arranged a scholarship for her to study with him as a mezzo-soprano. After graduating she sang with the Ambrosian Singers while her father, now wholly supportive of her status as a professional singer, wrote to numerous opera companies seeking auditions for her.

Thus it was that Price made her operatic debut as Cherubino / Le nozze di Figaro with the Welsh National Opera in 1962. Having also auditioned for the Covent Garden Opera and been engaged as an understudy, she was soon called upon to appear on the stage of the Royal Opera House, substituting for Teresa Berganza as Cherubino in 1963, and becoming quickly well-known. During this time Price became close to the pianist and conductor James Lockhart, who persuaded her to continue her vocal studies in order to develop her upper range: as a result she became one of the most sought-after lyric sopranos of the 1970s and 1980s.




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