BACH “Agnus Dei” from B minor Mass
COPLAND In the Beginning
HANDEL “Pugnero contro del fato” from Amadigi
SCARLATTI “Non mannae dulcedo” from Totus Amore Languens
PERGOLESI Excerpt from Stabat Mater
BACH “Agnus Dei” from Mass in B Minor
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Widely praised for her musical intelligence and “expressive virtuosity” (San Francisco Chronicle), Meg Bragle has earned an international reputation as one of today’s most gifted mezzo-sopranos. A frequent featured soloist with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the English Baroque Soloists, she has made four recordings with the group, including Bach’s Easter and Ascension Oratorios – the vehicle for her BBC Proms debut − and the 2015 release of Bach’s Mass in B Minor. As a gifted early music specialist, Ms. Bragle has sung in North America and Europe with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Netherlands Bach Society, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Les Violons du Roy, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, American Bach Soloists, Apollo’s Fire, Arion Baroque and the Dunedin Consort.
Ms. Bragle has appeared with many symphony orchestras in the U.S. and Canada including the Houston (Beethoven’s Mass in C Minor), Indianapolis (Mozart’s Requiem), Milwaukee (Mozart’s Requiem), Cincinnati (Bach’s Mass in B Minor), Pacific (Handel’s Judas Maccabeus), and Colorado (Mendelssohn’s Elijah) Symphonies; the National Arts Center Orchestra (Messiah) and a series of concerts with the Calgary Philharmonic including Handel’s Messiah and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.
Highlights of her upcoming 2018/19 season include her debut with the National Symphony Orchestra (Messiah), a return to Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra (Zelenka Mass/Bach Magnificat), the Calgary Philharmonic for Bach’s Ascension Oratorio, and Philharmonia Baroque for Mozart masses. Other highlights include performances with the Santa Fe Pro Musica, return engagements with the Carmel and Winter Park Bach Festivals as well as recitals with the Minnesota Bach Ensemble, Walden Chamber Players and for the Kislak Collection at the University of Pennsylvania featuring rarely performed works by Alma Mahler.
Her opera roles include Idamante in Idomeneo, Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, Dido and the Sorceress in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Dardano in Handel’s Amadigi, Amastre in Handel’s Serse, Speranza in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, Ippolita in Cavalli’s Elena, and Elpina in Vivaldi’s La Fida Ninfa.
Ms. Bragle is an accomplished recording artist. In addition to those with the English Baroque Soloists, she has made several recordings with Apollo’s Fire: Mozart’s Requiem (Koch), Handel’s Dixit Dominus and Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne (Avie), and Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine (Avie), and L’Orfeo (Eclectra). Other recordings include Bach’s St. John Passion with Arion Baroque (ATMA Classique). A new recording of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with the Winter Park Bach Festival is planned for release in the spring of 2019. Ms. Bragle is based in Philadelphia where she is Artist in Residence at the University of Pennsylvania.