B i o g r a p h y
Lyric soprano, Maggie Cooper, was born in London in 1982 and brought up in Oxford. She is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she studied as a scholarship student with Susan McCulloch.
Her operatic roles include Cio Cio San Madame Butterfly (Opera Up Close) Mimi La Boheme (Longborough Festival Opera YAP), Micaela Carmen, Donna Anna Don Giovanni, Susanna Le Nozze di Figaro, Dido Dido and Aeneas, Adina L'elisir d'amore, Poppea L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Mercedes Carmen and Catherine (Offenbach's operetta) Pomme D'Api. She has performed female leads for the British premieres of Mendelssohn’s Camacho’s Wedding (Quiteria) and Lalo’s Fiesque (Leonore) both with UCO at the Bloomsbury Theatre and the premiere of The Miller's Wife (Louisa) by Mike Christie and premiered at the Arcola Theatre for the Grimeborn Opera Festival. Oratorio experience includes all the major works and ranging from Vivaldi's Gloria to Orff's Carmina Burana and a Great War oratorio by contemporary composer Christopher Woods. Notably she performed the Mozart C Minor Mass under the baton of the late Sir David Willcocks.
Maggie is frequently asked to perform solo recitals and choral works in the UK and abroad. The most prestigious event being the opening of Marsa Zayed at which she had the honour of performing to His Majesty King Abdullah of Jordan. She has given recitals in Europe’s oldest concert hall, the Holywell Music Room and in London she has performed at many prestigious venues including St Paul's Cathedral, St John’s Smith Square, Kings Place, The Savoy Hotel and The Dorchester Hotel, The Guildhall, Tottenham Football stadium and Twickenham Rugby Stadium. She was a regular performer for four years for the award winning Live Music Now! scheme founded by Yehudi Menuhin. In 2019 Maggie was nominated for Women's Radio Station's Future Classic Women Awards. You can listen to the interview below.
In 2018 Maggie launched Carshalton Opera with husband Matthew Drayton. Their mission is to produce professional opera and classical music concerts to their local community with a focus on inspiring families with children of all ages.
Watch their TV interview for London Live channel here......