BIOGRAPHY

Latvian soprano Margarita Vilsone's guest appearances include opera houses and concert halls throughout Europe. Critics and audiences are bowled over by her expressive interpretation and the rich, warm timbre of her voice.

In recent seasons, notable role debuts included Amalia in Verdi's I Masnadieri at the Volksoper Wien and at the Latvijas Nacionālā Opera in Riga Marguerite in Charles Gounod's Faust, Anna in Giacomo Puccini's Le Villi, Clara in Gershwin's Porgy and Bess and Rosalinde in J. Strauß' Fledermaus. She sang the role of Rosalinde also at the Schlossoper

"... a youthful and expressive soprano with a beautiful and radiant stage presence." Bayerische Staatszeitung

Haldenstein, as well as at the Staatstheater Nürnberg where she also made her debuts in the roles of Micaëla (Carmen), Mimi (La Bohème) and Donna Anna (Don Giovanni). Other Mozart roles include Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni, Junge Oper Schloss Weikersheim) and 1. Dame in Die Zauberflöte.
At the Staatstheater Nürnberg, Margarita Vilsone also appeared for the first time in Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen: In Walküre, she performed Ortlinde and in Götterdämmerung Dritte Norn and Woglinde. At the Stadttheater Klagenfurt, she sang Lisa in Lehár's Das Land des Lächelns.

Concerts have taken Margarita Vilsone to Great Britain, the Czech Republic, Latvia, Estonia, Switzerland, Austria and Germany.

In 2014, the Symphony No. 4 by Gustav Mahler marked the beginning of her ongoing collaboration with the Amber Sound Symphony Orchestra Liepāja.
Other concert performances included appearances with the Kärntner Sinfonieorchester, Latvijas Nacionālais simfoniskais orķestris, the Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg and the Westböhmisches Sinfonieorchester under the baton of such conductors as Marcus Bosch, Nicholas Carter, Gábor Káli, Atvars Lakstīgala, Andris Poga, David Roblou, Guido Johannes Rumstadt, Giedrė Šlekytė and Bruno Weil.

Margarita Vilsone's concert repertoire includes Symphony No. 9 by Ludwig van Beethoven, Mahler's Symphony No. 4, J. S. Bach's Magnificat and the Weihnachtsoratorium, Kristaps Cukur's To be my own silence (world premiere), Antonín Dvořák's Stabat mater,

"Standing ovations, well deserved." Der Opernfreund

Honegger's König David, Mozart's Requiem, Monteverdi's and Vivaldi's Magnificat and Richard Strauss' Vier letzte Lieder.

Margarita Vilsone's large Lied repertoire ranges from Romantic to contemporary music. Among others, she gave recitals at the Festival Liepāja Summer, at the Voices festival and also in the context of the exhibition Hitler.Macht.Oper at the Dokumentationszentrum Nürnberg with Lieder by banned composers.

From 2015 – 2017, Margarita Vilsone was member of the International Opera Studio of the Staatstheater Nürnberg.

The soprano received the DAAD Prize, is winner of the international singing contest Accademia Belcanto and finalist of the international singing contest Riccardo Zandonai.
She is a scholarship holder of both the Richard Wagner Society and the Oscar and Vera Ritter Foundation, and was awarded the Deutschlandstipendium.

Margarita Vilsone began her vocal studies at the Hochschule für Künste Bremen and graduated from the Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg with Prof Jan Hammar. She attended master classes with Helmut Deutsch, Robert Holl, Christa Ludwig, Angelika Kirchschlager, Hedwig Fassbender, Krisztina Laki, Maris Skuja and Mya Besselink and is continuing her studies with Dale Fundling.


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