Margaret Preece

Margaret Preece is an English operatic soprano. She trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio. Originally from Solihull, she has worked with English National Opera, Scottish Opera, Opera North and the Carl Rosa Company. In 2007 she starred in the high-profile West End revival of The Sound of Music as the Mother Abbess, replacing Lesley Garrett.

In 2008 Margaret Preece released an album called Isn't It Romantic, which features 17 songs by Richard Rodgers with lyrics by both Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein, including Isn't It Romantic?.

Following the closure of The Sound Of Music, she played Vava in Opera North's production of Paradise Moscow in spring 2009. There were performances in Leeds, Newcastle, Salford (the Lowry), Nottingham and Bregenz. In the summer, Preece reprised her role as the Mother Abbess in the UK Tour of The Sound of Music, including performances at the Wales Millennium Centre.

Theatre and opera

  • Varochka and Vava in Paradise Moscow (spring 2009)
  • Sister Sophia and Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music
  • Donna Elvira and Zerlina in Don Giovanni
  • Fiordiligi and Despina in Così fan tutte
  • The Queen of the Night and Papagena in The Magic Flute
  • Adina in L'Elisir D'Amore
  • Alice Ford in Falstaff
  • Musetta in La bohème
  • Ninetta in The Love for Three Oranges
  • Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus
  • Clarice and Flamina in Il mondo della luna
  • Oriana in Amadigi
  • Susan Cooper in Love Life
  • Mary Turner in Of Thee I Sing
  • Carlotta in The Phantom of the Opera
  • Bacchae and Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow


    The Phantom of the Opera as the Confidante and singing Carlotta, over-dubbing for Minnie Driver (who is a trained singer but has no training in opera). Her name is in the credits.