Margarete von Vaight
Canadian soprano, Margarete von Vaight has been described as "a singer whose voice brings colossal power, beauty, and emotional warmth to the work of Richard Wagner” (Barcza Blog). A recipient of the Katherine Cherney Raxlen Zeldin Vocal Award (University of Toronto) and Jim Madros Artist Award (Banff Centre), Ms. von Vaight completed the Musician in Residence Program at the Banff International Centre for performing Arts performing the works of Wagner and Strauss. In 2014, Ms. von Vaight represented Canada at the Lauritz Melchoir International Wagner Competition , under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and was a semi-finalist of the Wagnerian Division, Gerda Lisner Vocal Competition in New York City.
Known for her interpretation of the dramatic soprano repertoire, Ms. von Vaight’s recent appearances include the title role of Clara in Beethoven’s Egmont Symphony with the University of Toronto, the Liebestod with the Kindred Spirits Orchestra in Wagner’s, Tristan and Isolde , Verdi’s Requiem with the University of Toronto, Oratorio Concert, and the role of Strauss’ Ariadne in Ariadne auf Naxos in the University of Toronto’s Vocalis Series.
Ms. von Vaight studied voice and piano at the Royal Conservatory of Music and in private study under the tutelage of world-renowned Wagnerian soprano, Jane Eaglen with whom she participated in the inaugural season of the Baldwin-Wallace Wagner Intensive Program (Ohio), performing the role of the Third Norn (Götterdämmerung) and Brünnhilde (Siegfried).
Ms. von Vaight is an Alumnae of the Bachelor of Liberal Arts program at Harvard University, the Centre for Management and Technology and Entrepreneurship, Faculty of Engineering, University of Toronto and the Bachelor of Music Performance program at the University of Toronto where she currently studies with soprano, Wendy Nielsen .