B i o g r a p h y
Described by 'The Times' as 'captivating..naive and delicate, yet tough, touching and never cloying...and she delivers with searing power and passion'.
Maggie Cooper is a British Mezzo-Soprano, born in London and brought up in Oxford. She was awarded a scholarship to train at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She started her career as a lyric soprano and accomplished over fifteen years performing in operas, oratorio and recitals in the UK and abroad. As her range extended she transitioned to singing Mezzo in 2019. Maggie has performed the Mezzo roles of Mutter and Hexe Hänsel und Gretel and Dido Dido and Aeneas. As a soprano her operatic higlights include Cio Cio San Madame Butterfly (Opera Up Close) Mimi La Boheme (Longborough Festival Opera YAP), Micaela Carmen and Donna Anna Don Giovanni.
Maggie is passionate about contemporary opera and thrives on the collaborative experience involved with working with composers and premiering a new opera. She was due to sing the role of Princess Diana, for the premiere of 'A Silver Spoon' by Lisa Logan before the pandemic and is looking forward to performing this in 2022. Other contemporary opera roles include Louisa The Miller's Wife Mike Christie, premiered at the Arcola Theatre for the Grimeborn Opera Festival.
Oratorio experience includes all the major works ranging from Vivaldi's Gloria to Orff's Carmina Burana and contemporary works. Notably she performed the Mozart C Minor Mass under the baton of the late Sir David Willcocks.
Maggie frequently performs solo recitals in the UK and abroad. 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 had the honour of performing to His Majesty King Abdullah of Jordan for the opening of Marsa Zayed. 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 founded Carshalton Opera with her husband Matthew Drayton. Their mission is to produce professional opera and classical music concerts to their local community and beyond, with a focus on inspiring families with children of all ages.
Watch their TV interview for London Live channel below......