MARGOT ROOD, hailed for her “luminosity and grace” by The New York Times, performs a wide range of repertoire across North American stages.
Following her solo debut at Boston’s Symphony Hall in 2011, she has been a frequent soloist with Handel and Haydn Society under the direction of conductor Harry Christophers. Recent and upcoming solo appearances include Cleveland Orchestra (Stravinsky's Threni), Boston Symphony (Benjamin's Dream of the Song), Rhode Island Philharmonic (Messiah); New World Symphony (Reich's Desert Music); Handel and Haydn Society (Messiah, Vivaldi Gloria, Bach Mass in B Minor); Seraphic Fire (Messiah, Vivaldi Gloria, Mozart Requiem); Bach Collegium San Diego (Messiah); A Far Cry (Golijov's Three Songs); Oratorio Chorale (Brahms Requiem); Kent Singers (Brahms Requiem); True Concord Voices and Orchestra (Bach St. John Passion and Mozart C Minor Mass); Back Bay Chorale (Bach St. John Passion); Brookline Symphony (Mahler Fourth Symphony); and various concerts with acclaimed renaissance ensemble Blue Heron. Ms. Rood was awarded 3rd place in the 2016 American Prize Competition (Oratorio and Art Song division) and was named a 2015-2016 Lorraine Hunt Lieberson Fellow at Emmanuel Music, where she is often featured on Emmanuel's nationally-known Bach cantata series.
Recent and upcoming stage appearances include La Renommée in Lalande's Les Fontaines de Verasilles with Boston Early Music Festival, Hyacinthus in Mozart's Apollo und Hyacinthus with Emmanuel Music, Amor in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice with Grand Harmonie, Emily Webb in Rorem’s Our Town with Monadnock Music, Johanna in Sweeney Todd with St. Petersburg Opera, the title role in Handel's Esther with Handel and Haydn Society, and Ramiro in Helios Early Opera’s production of Cavalli’s Artemisia.
In addition to opera and oratorio, Ms. Rood has performed as soloist with some of the United States’ premiere new music ensembles, and was a 2015 recipient of the St. Botolph Club Foundation's Emerging Artist Award for her work in new music. Notable recent engagements include her Carnegie Hall debut in the world premiere of Shawn Jaeger’s Letters Made with Gold, Kati Agocs' Vessel and Arvo Pärt's Passio with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. Ms. Rood is a core member of Boston’s Lorelei Ensemble, an all-female vocal ensemble dedicated to the performance of new music, and is a founding member of the Michigan Recital Project, which features commissions by emerging composers. Also sought after as a collaborator, Ms. Rood has been invited by composers at Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, McGill University, University of Louisville and Keene State College for performances and masterclasses. She has recorded numerous world premieres and 21st-century works with Albany Records, New World Records, BMOP Sound, and Sono Luminus. Her new recording with composer Heather Gilligan, Living in Light, is now available from Albany Records. Ms. Rood holds degrees from the University of Michigan and McGill University.