Margaret Price

Margaret Price

Welsh singer, soprano
Date of Birth: 13.04.1941
Country: Great Britain

  1. Biography of Margaret Price
  2. Early Life and Education
  3. Early Career
  4. Rise to Prominence
  5. Later Career and Retirement

Biography of Margaret Price

Early Life and Education

Margaret Price was born in Blackwood, Wales. From birth, she had severely deformed legs and underwent a complicated surgery at the age of 4. Despite the operation, she experienced constant pain in her legs throughout her life. Margaret also had to take care of her younger brother, John, who was mentally disabled. Her father, a talented amateur pianist, did not support her musical ambitions and insisted that she study biology instead, with the goal of becoming a teacher. However, at the age of 15, Margaret auditioned for Charles Kennedy Scott and was convinced to pursue music at the Trinity College of Music, thanks to a scholarship.

Margaret Price

Early Career

After completing her studies, Margaret joined the 'Ambrosian Singers' and recorded numerous projects, including the soundtrack for the film 'El Cid' with Charlton Heston. Initially, it seemed that Margaret would struggle to achieve success in her career. However, her father arranged auditions for her at several opera houses, and in 1962, she made her debut as Cherubino in 'The Marriage of Figaro' at the Welsh National Opera. Margaret attempted to join the Royal Opera House twice but was rejected both times for lacking charisma. Finally, on her third attempt, she was accepted as an understudy.

Margaret Price

Rise to Prominence

Margaret spent some time performing supporting roles until she had a breakthrough in 1963. Teresa Berganza, the scheduled performer, canceled her appearance, and Margaret was chosen as her replacement. Still an understudy, Margaret impressed the audience with her performance as Cherubino and gained overnight fame. She continued her studies while gradually expanding her vocal range. Margaret started receiving invitations to perform in prestigious opera houses worldwide. Despite her success, she preferred to perform at home rather than travel extensively.

Later Career and Retirement

Margaret spent some time at Covent Garden before moving to Germany. She joined the Cologne Opera and later the Bavarian State Opera in Munich. During her time in Munich, Margaret formed a fruitful professional partnership with Otto Klemperer. She excelled in Mozart's works and occasionally performed in productions by Verdi and other lesser-known composers. After retiring, Margaret moved to a farm in Ceibwr Bay near Cardigan, Ceredigion. She enjoyed her retirement, breeding golden retrievers and removing the rear seats from her car for the comfort of her beloved pets. Margaret Price passed away on January 28, 2011, at the age of 69 from a heart attack.