Hailed for her “clear, bright tone” (Cleveland Classical) and described as “fiery, wild, and dangerous” (Classical Voice North Carolina), soprano Margaret Carpenter Haigh is a versatile artist, with repertoire ranging from mediaeval to contemporary music. She has performed as a soloist with the Portland (Maine) Symphony Orchestra, Oxford Bach Soloists, Simon Carrington Chamber Singers, and Apollo’s Fire. Alongside her husband, organist and harpsichordist Nicolas Haigh, Ms. Carpenter Haigh is co-founder of L’Académie du Roi Soleil, an ensemble specializing in French music from the time of Louis XIV and with which she has performed in venues including York Minster; New College Chapel, Oxford; and Clare College Chapel, Cambridge. Recent engagements of note including singing and narrating David Del Tredici’s An Alice Symphony with Robert Moody and the Portland Symphony, and singing alongside Mark Padmore as a Britten-Pears Young Artist in the Aldeburgh Festival. Touring engagements have taken her to Israel, Germany, and France under the baton of Timothy Brown, and she has been featured as a soloist in the Easter at King’s Concert Series in King’s College Chapel, Cambridge. In the 2016-2017 season, Ms. Carpenter Haigh looks forward to singing Handel’s Messiah with the Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestra (NC), as well as performances of Mozart’s Requiem (Cleveland, OH), Bach’s Johannes-Passion (Charlotte, NC), and Purcell’s Acis and Galatea (Cleveland).
Ms. Carpenter Haigh holds the M.Mus in Choral Studies from the University of Cambridge, where she was a Gates Cambridge Scholar and studied conducting with Stephen Layton. Her undergraduate degrees are in voice performance and organ from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she studied voice with Nancy Walker, organ with Robert Burns King and André Lash, and conducting with Carole Ott. She is currently pursuing the D.M.A. in Historical Performance Practice at CWRU, where she studies voice with Ellen Hargis and Aaron Sheehan.