Margaret O'connell

Margaret O'connell


Opera, Concert, New Music, American Musical Theatre
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Mezzo-Soprano Margaret O’Connell enjoys a versatile musical career in opera, contemporary music, musical theatre, oratorio, recordings, and film.

She made her Carnegie debut with Leon Botstein and the American Symphony Orchestra as Ein großes Mädchen in Strauss’ "Feuersnot." The following summer she sang with Maestro Botstein at the Bard Festival as Camilla in Schubert’s "Die Verschworenen."

Ms. O’Connell was invited to make her Weill Hall debut in the New York premiere of "The Oracle at Delphi: The Music of Dinos Constantinides." Other premieres include "Oh! The Sport of Love (a Bawdy Operetta)" by prizewinning composer Lisa Heffter, "Three Nudes" by Jacob Goodman, and "Three Poems" by Gerald Busby, written especially for Margaret.Ms. O’Connell made her international debut in Berlin as Giulietta in a concert of "Les Contes d'Hoffmann" (Alkor edition) opposite Deutsche Oper Berlin’s Scott Fennell, preparing the role with two days' notice. One month later she appeared as the Alto Soloist with tenor Mark Tucker in Monteverdi's "Marienvesper," as part of Berlin's Steglitzer Tage für Alte Musik. In 2014 she was invited to give a concert of Berg, Ravel, and Weill as part of Munich’s Liederfreude concert series.

Margaret's premiere recording of Traveling West by Randall Snyder with conductor Max Lifchitz (North/South label) was praised by Fanfare Magazine. She has recorded the roles of Lady Thiang (The King and I) and Aldonza (Man of La Mancha) for Stage Stars Records, and a Mermaid (Bernstein’s Peter Pan) for Koch International Classics.Other operatic engagements include Olga in "Eugene Onegin" (conducted by William Hobbs), the title role in Carmen, Dulcinée in "Don Quichotte," Nicklausse, Adalgisa, Dido, Dorabella, Florence in Albert Herring, Maman in L’Enfant et les Sortilèges, Cathleen in Riders to the Sea, Flora in La Traviata, and Berta in Il Barbiere di Siviglia.Working with Michael Ching and Dean Anthony, Margaret created the role of Margaret Krusemark in J. Mark Scearce’s "Falling Angel." She also premiered excerpts from Mr. Ching’s new opera "Speed Dating Tonight!" at operamission, with the composer at the piano. She originated the role of Ashley opposite soprano Lauren Flanigan in "Best Friends," a new opera by Deborah Drattell and Wendy Wasserstein.

Other world-premiere roles include the Evil Stepmother in Josh Ollswang's "The Juniper Tree," Grandmother in Waundell Saavedra's "Sweet Dreams" and the Seamstress in his "Great Supper;" and a Greek Elder in Michael Sirotta's new musical adaptation of Aeschylus' "Agamemnon" at New York's La MaMa Experimental Theatre. Margaret created the role of Emily Dickinson in "I Dwell in Possibility" by Miriam Raiken-Kolb, which included eight songs composed especially for her.

Awarded a scholarship to participate in SongFest at Pepperdine University, Ms. O'Connell worked with composers John Harbison and James Primosch, and also premiered works by Eric Chasalow, Antonio DeFeo, Dorothy Chang, and Dan Crozier. In the musical theatre arena, Ms. O’Connell has appeared as Martha in "The Secret Garden" and the Singer/Fiddler Jones in "Spoon River Anthology." Off-Broadway credits include Young Jennie in "Portrait of Jennie" (with Brent Barrett) and Gabriella Winterova in Michael Slade's play "Children of Terezin." She also appeared with Victor Trent Cook (Three Mo’ Tenors) in the Disney Channel musical film "Starlight."

Ms. O'Connell holds a Master of Music in Solo Voice from McGill University, and a Bachelor of Music in Violin and Voice Performance from Oberlin Conservatory of Music.
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