Margot Rood, Soprano
Margot Rood, hailed for her “colorful and vital” singing by The Washington Post, performs a wide range of repertoire across North American stages.
Margot was fortunate to make her solo debut at Boston’s Symphony Hall in 2011, and since then has been a frequent soloist with Handel and Haydn Society and conductor Harry Christophers. The 2018/2019 season marks her debuts with San Francisco's Philharmonia Baroque (BWV 61 & 140), New Jersey Symphony (Messiah), and Charlotte Symphony Orchestra (Mozart Requiem). Recent and upcoming solo appearances include those with Cleveland Orchestra (Stravinsky's Threni); Boston Symphony (Benjamin Dream of the Song), Rhode Island Philharmonic (Messiah); New World Symphony (Reich Desert Music); Handel and Haydn Society (The Fairy Queen, Bach Mass in B Minor); Seraphic Fire (Messiah, Vivaldi Gloria, Mozart Requiem); Bach Collegium San Diego (Messiah); A Far Cry (Golijov Three Songs); True Concord Voices and Orchestra (Bach St. John Passion, Mozart C Minor Mass); Brookline Symphony (Mahler's Fourth Symphony); and numerous concerts with acclaimed ensemble Blue Heron. Margot was awarded 3rd place in the 2016 American Prize in Oratorio and Art Song competition and was named a 2015-2016 Lorraine Hunt Lieberson Fellow at Emmanuel Music, where she is often featured on Emmanuel's nationally-known Bach cantata series.
Margot's recent and upcoming stage appearances include La Renommée in Lalande's Les Fontaines de Verasilles and Francesca Caccini's Alcina with Boston Early Music Festival, Galatea in Acis & Galatea and First Witch in Dido & Aeneas with Handel and Haydn Society, Hyacinthus in Mozart's Apollo et Hyacinthus with Emmanuel Music, Amor in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice with Grand Harmonie, Johanna in Sweeney Todd with St. Petersburg Opera, and Ramiro in Helios Early Opera’s production of Cavalli’s Artemisia. Margot recorded the role of Emily Webb in Ned Rorem’s Our Town with Monadnock Music which was widely released by New World Records in 2017.
In addition to opera and oratorio, Margot has performed as soloist with some of the United States’ premiere new music ensembles, and was a 2015 recipient of the St. Botolph Club Foundation's Emerging Artist Award for her work in new music. Notable recent engagements include her Carnegie Hall debut in the world premiere of Shawn Jaeger’s Letters Made with Gold, Kati Agocs' Vessel and Arvo Pärt's Passio with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. Margot was a core member of Boston’s Lorelei Ensemble from 2010-2018, an all-female vocal ensemble dedicated to the performance of new music. Also sought after as a collaborator, Margot has been invited by composers at Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, McGill University, University of Louisville and Keene State College for performances and masterclasses. She has recorded numerous world premieres and 21st-century works with Albany Records, New World Records, BMOP Sound, and Sono Luminus. Her solo recording with composer Heather Gilligan, Living in Light, is now available from Albany Records. Margot holds degrees from the University of Michigan and McGill University.