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), National (Messiah), Detroit (Vivaldi), 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 2019/20 season include her debut with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (Messiah), a return to Seattle Symphony (Messiah), Colorado Symphony (Missa Solemnis), and San Antonio Symphony (Mozart Requiem) and performances of Bach’s Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust (BWV 170) and Widerstehe doch der Sünde (BWV 54) with the Dunedin Consort as a part of their North American tour. Other highlights include return engagements with the Carmel and Winter Park Bach Festivals, Tempesta di Mare and Voices of Music as well as Crumb’s Early Songs as a part of the Zeitgeist: George Crumb at 90 festival presented by Bowerbird, Annenberg Center and University of Pennsylvania.
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), the collected works of Chiara Margarita Cozzolani (Musica Omnia), Music of Medieval Love with New York's Ensemble for Early Music (Ex Cathedra), Toby Twining's Chrysalid Requiem (Cantaloupe), Anthony Newman's Requiem (Khaen World Music) and Copland's In the Beginning with the late John Scott and the Men and Boy Choir of St. Thomas Fifth Avenue on their label. A new recording of Pergolesi's Stabat Mater with the Winter Park Bach Festival was released in the spring of 2019. Ms. Bragle is based in Philadelphia where she is Artist in Residence at the University of Pennsylvania.