A resident of Chicago, IL, Margaret Izard is an aspiring mezzo-soprano. Ms. Izard’s 2016-2017 season included the title role in Miss Manners on Music, the world premier of Naomi from Joseph’s Gift, and Maman and Un Pâtre from L’enfant et les Sortilèges. Ms. Izard is looking forward to her upcoming debut as Ruggero in Handle’s Alcina with Opera Steamboat where she will also be covering the role of Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana by Mascagni.
Past roles include Hänsel/Hänsel und Gretel and Donna Elvira/Don Giovanni. During her time as a resident artist at Dicapo Opera Theate, Ms. Izard performed the roles of Tisbe/La Cenerentola, and Zita/Gianni Schicchi. Ms. Izard has also performed the role of Zita alongside director and performer Alfonso Antoniozzi. Other work includes covering the role of Spring Beauty/Snegurochka.
Ms. Izard’s premieres include the role of Magic Mirror/The Magic Mirror by Polina Nazaykinskaya and covering the roll of Roma/The Fiddler and the Old Woman of Rumelia by Ketty Nez, both with Juventas New Music Ensemble. Other interesting premieres include the chamber piece for string quartet, mezzo-soprano and dance company, Dry Bones: Resurrection of the Living, composed by Cheryl Krugel-Lee and commissioned by the Sydney Schiff Dance Project.
Although Ms. Izard loves the world of opera, she is also very interested in symphonic works and song. Ms. Izard has been the alto soloist in Handel’s Messiah, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Bach’s Cantata 79 and Bach’s Cantata 126. Ms. Izard also has a strong interest in art song and co-founded the salon concert company, Artful Song. The mission of Artful Song is to recreate the salon experience of the 19th century for modern audiences while providing context for audience members through the historical significance of this underperformed repertoire.
Outside of classical music, Ms. Izard enjoys volunteering with Sharing Notes, a non-profit organization in Chicago, Illinois. Sharing Notes brings music into hospitals throughout the city, providing the transformative power of intimate, interactive music for those who can benefit from it most.
Ms. Izard received her BA from Emory University and her MM in Voice at the Chicago College of Performing Arts where she is continuing her studies with Judith Haddon.