Margaret Lingas was born in Cyprus, raised (mostly) in Oxfordshire, and completed her BMus and Linguistics minor at the University of Victoria, Canada, where she studied with Benjamin Butterfield. Margaret's formal music training began when she joined Oxford Girls' Choir at the age of 11, and she is thrilled to be back teaching with an organisation that played such an important part in her musical development.
As a female soprano based in a city where many of the most stable singing and educational posts are traditionally reserved for men and boys, she feels especially strongly about empowering other women and girls to be musical leaders and educators, so they can create their own opportunities rather than relying on invitations from others.
Margaret directs chamber ensemble Rad Camerata, and recently completed the Genesis Sixteen young artist scheme. This year's projects include a graduate scholarship with Ex Cathedra, a recording of MacMillan's 5th Symphony with Genesis, The Sixteen, and Britten Sinfonia, Il matrimonio segreto with New Chamber Opera, a concert celebrating St Frideswide with Elizabeth Kenny and the Korrigan Consort, and a US tour and recording of music by the 9th century abbess Kassia with Cappella Romana.
Keep up with Margaret's latest projects here: https://www.facebook.com/mlingas/