Margaret Jane Wray American soprano

Margaret Jane Wray American soprano

Margaret Jane Wray has performed at many opera houses around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Bavarian State Opera, Berlin State Opera, and Opéra National de Paris.  She has won special acclaim in the Wagnerian repertoire, particularly for her powerful and evocative portrayal of Sieglinde in Die Walküre.  The New York Times hailed her performances of this role: “the biggest ovation of the night went to soprano Margaret Jane Wray, who was a vocally lustrous and vulnerable Sieglinde.”

Margaret Jane Wray American soprano

She has sung with orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony and National Symphony, under conductors such as Kurt Masur, Daniel Barenboim, James Conlon, Bernard Haitink and Mariss Jansons.

Last season, Miss. Wray received great acclaim for the role of Adriano in Wagner’s Rienzi for the premier production  for Odyssey Opera in Boston. Other engagements included returning to the Metropolitan Opera for the 2014-2015 season for Aida, a recital at the Phipps Center for the Performing Arts and a Christmas recital at University of Wisconsin River Falls. The complete Der Ring des Niebelungen from Seattle Opera in which Miss. Wray sang the roles of Sieglinde and the Third Norn, was released on the AVIE label.

In the 2012-2013 season Miss Wray sang the roles of Sieglinde and the Third Norn in the acclaimed  Stephan Wadsworth’s production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle with The Seattle Opera. The season also includes the roles of Amneris in Aida, Sieglinde in Die Walküre and Gutrune in Götterdämerung at the Metropolitan Opera. Miss Wray is featured on the four CD set The Collection of Victor Herbert from New World Records.

The 2011-2012 season includes the roles of Gutrune in Götterdämerung, Sieglinde in Die Walküreand Amneris in Aida at the Metropolitan Opera. She also made her stage debut as Isolde at the Canadian Opera Company  in Tristan und Isolde.

During the 2010-2011 season Margaret Jane Wray sang Sieglinde in Die Walküre in concert with the Milwaukee Symphony and also appeared in the role for the opening night performance of the new Robert LePage production at the Metropolitan Opera opposite Jonas Kaufmann and conducted by James Levine.

She began the 2009–2010 at the Metropolitan Opera in the production of Aida and returned to Seattle Opera as Brangäne in Tristan und Isolde.  Her 2008 – 2009 season included several roles at the Metropolitan Opera including Santuzza in Cavaleria Rusticana, Sieglinde in Die Walküre, Brangäne inTristan und Isolde, and Gutrune in Götterdämerung in the final performances of Otto Schenk’s Ring Cycle at the Met.  She performed Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and returned to Seattle Opera where she was heard as Sieglinde and as the First Norn inGötterdämerung.

Other recent engagements for Ms. Wray have included  her first performances as Amneris in Aida with the Welsh National Opera and with Seattle Opera.  She has also been heard at the Metropolitan Opera heard her as Ortrud in Lohengrin as well as Gutrune and the Third Norn in Götterdämmerung, and as Sieglinde under Valery Gergiev. She has been praised for her Sieglinde in Seattle Opera’s Ring Cycle; her first performances of this role were at Toulouse’s Théâtre du Capitole, where she has also sung Elisabeth in Tannhäuser.

She has also sung Isolde in Tristan und Isolde and Kundry inParsifal, both with the Cincinnati Symphony under Jesus Lopez-Cobos; her role debut as Senta in Der fliegende Holländer was with the Pittsburgh Opera. She sang Brangane in Tristan und Isolde in concert with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall.  She has also sung Elsa in Lohengrin, Eva in Die Meistersinger and Freia in Das Rheingold.

Following her European debut at the Spoleto Festival singing Wagner’s Wesendonk Lieder, she made her debut at the Teatro alla Scala as Mme. Lidoine in a new production of Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmelites, under the baton of Riccardo Muti. She debuted in Paris as the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro, and in Basel as Donna Anna and in Frankfurt as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni. Her debut in Nice was as Desdemona in Otello, and her Brussels debut was in concert performances of Schubert’sFierrabras. Her Italian stage debut was in Turin, as Eva in Die Meistersiuger.

Her operatic repertoire also includes Chrysothemis in Elektra, a role she has sung with both the Berlin State Opera and Pittsburgh Opera; Margherita and Elena in Boito’s Mefistofele, which she has sung with the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels; and Leonore in Fidelio, which she has performed with the Teatro Massimo Bellini in Catania.  She was triumphantly received at the Cincinnati Opera as Sister Helen in Jack Heggie’s Dead Man Walking.

She made her debut with the New York Philharmonic singing the Liebestod from Tristan und Isoldeunder Kurt Masur; she debuted with the Boston Symphony as Gutrune in concert performances ofGötterdämmerung, conducted by Bernard Haitink. Other notable American orchestral debuts have included the Pittsburgh Symphony as Tove in Schönberg’s Gurrelieder under Mariss Janssons, and the National Symphony in Washington D.C in an all-Wagner program, conducted by James Conlon. She has performed frequently with Maestro Conlon, including concerts in Cincinnati, Aspen and with the Gürzenich Orchestra in Cologne.

She has also appeared with the Chicago Symphony and in Berlin under Daniel Barenboim in repertoire including the Mozart’s and Verdi’s Requiem, in Brussels under Antonio Pappano in Verdi’s Requiem and Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri.

She has frequently been heard in Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, in which she has sung both the Soprano 1 and 2 parts.  She has performed the work with Kent Nagano and James Conlon. She has also performed and recorded the work with Robert Shaw and Michael Gielen. She first sang Beethoven’sSymphony No. 9 with the Seattle Symphony and the Minnesota Orchestra, and has since performed this piece with Seiji Ozawa at the Tanglewood Festival and with Myung-Whun Chung at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia. Other orchestral engagements have included of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center as well as Verdi’s Requiem with the Connecticut Orchestra and with the South West Florida Symphony. Other works in her concert repertoire include Beethoven’sMissa Solemnis, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Bruckner’s Te Deum, and Britten’s War Requiem.

Ms. Wray began her career as a member of the Metropolitan Opera Young Artists Development Program  at which time she also performed several supporting roles with the company in New York and Japan.  She was awarded the 1989 Richard Tucker Music Foundation Award by a jury of distinguished musical authorities including Birgit Nilsson. Miss Wray is also a voice teacher in the Minneapolis-St Paul area.

Metropolitan Opera

[Met Concert/Gala] CID:350566
National Council Concert
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/14/1985
First Appearance: Philip Cokorinos, Richard Cowan, Julia Faulkner, Victoria Livengood, Karen Williams, Margaret Jane Wray, Deborah Voigt
[Met Performance] CID:290590
La Traviata {721}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/19/1987
Debuts: Neil Rosenshein, Herbert Eckhoff, Margaret Jane Wray
[Met Performance] CID:290650
La Traviata {722}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/25/1987
[Met Performance] CID:290690
La Traviata {723}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/28/1987
[Met Performance] CID:290730
La Traviata {724}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/2/1987
[Met Performance] CID:290800
La Traviata {725}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/9/1987
[Met Performance] CID:290840
La Traviata {726}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/12/1987
[Met Performance] CID:290880
La Traviata {727}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/17/1987
[Met Performance] CID:290930
La Traviata {728}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/22/1987
[Met Performance] CID:290970
La Traviata {729}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/26/1987
[Met Performance] CID:291030
La Traviata {730}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/1/1988
[Met Performance] CID:291800
Les Contes d’Hoffmann {189}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/16/1988
Debut: Martine Dupuy, Katherine Ciesinski
[Met Performance] CID:291840
Les Contes d’Hoffmann {190}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/19/1988
[Met Performance] CID:291880
Les Contes d’Hoffmann {191}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/24/1988
[Met Performance] CID:291890
Lulu {20}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/25/1988
Debut: Ronald Hamilton
[Met Performance] CID:291920
Les Contes d’Hoffmann {192}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/28/1988
[Met Performance] CID:291930
Lulu {21}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/29/1988
[Met Performance] CID:291970 Opera News
Lulu {22}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/2/1988
[Met Performance] CID:292020
Lulu {23}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/7/1988
Debut: Donald Runnicles
[Met Performance] CID:292060
Lulu {24}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/11/1988
[Met Performance] CID:292120
Lulu {25}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/16/1988
[Met Performance] CID:292160
Il Trovatore {508}
Tokyo, Japan; 05/29/1988
[Met Performance] CID:292190
Il Trovatore {509}
Tokyo, Japan; 06/2/1988
[Met Concert/Gala] CID:292210
Tokyo, Japan; 06/4/1988
Broadcast / Telecast
[Met Performance] CID:292220
Il Trovatore {510}
Tokyo, Japan; 06/5/1988
[Met Performance] CID:292240
Il Trovatore {511}
Nagoya, Japan; 06/8/1988
[Met Performance] CID:294310
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {419}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/26/1988
Debut: Robert Lloyd
[Met Performance] CID:294350
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {420}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/29/1988
[Met Performance] CID:294370
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {421}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/1/1988
[Met Performance] CID:294410
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {422}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/5/1988
[Met Performance] CID:294450
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {423}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/9/1988
[Met Performance] CID:294490
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {424}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/12/1988
[Met Performance] CID:294510
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {425}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/15/1988
[Met Performance] CID:294870
Hänsel und Gretel {220}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/21/1988
[Met Performance] CID:294900
Hänsel und Gretel {221}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/24/1988
[Met Performance] CID:294920
Hänsel und Gretel {222}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/26/1988
[Met Performance] CID:294940
Aida {929}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/28/1988
[Met Performance] CID:294950
Hänsel und Gretel {223}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/29/1988
[Met Performance] CID:295020
Hänsel und Gretel {224}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/5/1989
[Met Performance] CID:295090
Aida {933}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/12/1989
[Met Performance] CID:295120
Hänsel und Gretel {226}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/14/1989
[Met Performance] CID:295150
Aida {934}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/18/1989
[Met Performance] CID:295190
Aida {935}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/21/1989
[Met Performance] CID:295230
Aida {936}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/26/1989
[Met Performance] CID:295300
Aida {937}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/2/1989
[Met Performance] CID:295340
Idomeneo {24}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/6/1989
Debut: Howard Wilkinson
[Met Performance] CID:295380
Idomeneo {25}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/10/1989
[Met Performance] CID:295410
Idomeneo {26}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/13/1989
[Met Performance] CID:295450
Idomeneo {27}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/17/1989
[Met Performance] CID:295500
Idomeneo {28}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/22/1989
[Met Performance] CID:295530 Opera News
Idomeneo {29}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/25/1989
[Met Performance] CID:295560
Idomeneo {30}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/28/1989
[Met Performance] CID:295590
Idomeneo {31}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/3/1989
[Met Performance] CID:295730
Rigoletto {639}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/16/1989
Debut: Annette Spann-Lewis
[Met Performance] CID:295770
Rigoletto {640}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/20/1989
[Met Performance] CID:295830
Rigoletto {641}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/25/1989
[Met Performance] CID:295850
Rigoletto {642}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/28/1989
[Met Performance] CID:295880
Rigoletto {643}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/31/1989
[Met Performance] CID:295940
Rigoletto {644}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/6/1989
Debuts: Sumi Jo, Jean Rawn
[Met Performance] CID:295980
Rigoletto {645}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/10/1989
[Met Performance] CID:296010
Rigoletto {646}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/13/1989
[Met Performance] CID:296080
Rigoletto {647}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/20/1989
[Met Performance] CID:296250
Il Trovatore {525}
New York, Manhattan, Central Park; 06/19/1989
[Met Performance] CID:296270
Il Trovatore {526}
New York, Bronx, Van Cortlandt Park; 06/23/1989
[Met Performance] CID:296330
Lucia di Lammermoor {473}
Montclair, New Jersey, Brookdale Park; 07/3/1989
[Met Performance] CID:296340
Lucia di Lammermoor {474}
New Brunswick, New Jersey, Rutgers University, Wood Lawn; 07/7/1989
[Met Performance] CID:298000
Aida {938}
Metropolitan Opera House; 09/25/1989
Opening Night {105}
Hugh Southern, General Manager
Debut: Paata Burchuladze
[Met Performance] CID:298030
Aida {939}
Metropolitan Opera House; 09/28/1989
[Met Performance] CID:298070
Aida {940}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/2/1989
[Met Performance] CID:298120 
Aida {941}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/7/1989
Broadcast / Telecast
[Met Performance] CID:298160
Aida {942}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/11/1989
[Met Performance] CID:298190
Aida {943}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/14/1989
Debut: Alessandra Marc
[Met Performance] CID:298230
Aida {944}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/18/1989
[Met Performance] CID:298280
Aida {945}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/23/1989
[Met Performance] CID:298310
Aida {946}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/26/1989
[Met Performance] CID:299930
Die Walküre {471} Ring Cycle [91] Uncut
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/7/1990
Debut: Ruthild Engert-Ely
[Met Performance] CID:300100
Die Walküre {472} Ring Cycle [92] Uncut
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/24/1990
[Met Performance] CID:300180
Die Walküre {473} Ring Cycle [93] Uncut
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/1/1990
Christa Ludwig’s 30th Anniversary
Debut: Gudrun Volkert
[Met Performance] CID:350984  Opera News 1 Opera News 2
Götterdämmerung {220} Ring Cycle [103] Uncut
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/24/2004
Last Broadcast sponsored by ChevronTexaco
[Met Performance] CID:350991
Götterdämmerung {221} Ring Cycle [104] Uncut
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/01/2004
[Met Performance] CID:351000
Götterdämmerung {222} Ring Cycle [105] Uncut
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/08/2004
[Met Performance] CID:350956
Die Walküre {503}
Metropolitan Opera House; 09/25/2004
Debuts: Olga Sergeeva, Mikhail Kit, Jane Gilbert
[Met Performance] CID:351024
Die Walküre {504}
Metropolitan Opera House; 09/29/2004
[Met Performance] CID:351042
Die Walküre {508}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/12/2004
[Met Concert/Gala] CID:351473
National Council Grand Finals Concert
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/26/2006
First appearance: Paul Corona, Donovan Singletary, John Moore
[Met Performance] CID:351514
Lohengrin {617}
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/03/2006
Debut: Klaus Florian Vogt
[Met Performance] CID:352958
Cavalleria Rusticana {665} Pagliacci {707}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/23/2009
[Met Performance] CID:353032 
Götterdämmerung {223} Ring Cycle [106] Uncut
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/25/2009
Debut: Iain Paterson
[Met Performance] CID:353043
Götterdämmerung {224} Ring Cycle [107] Uncut
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/02/2009
[Met Performance] CID:353057
Götterdämmerung {225} Ring Cycle [108] Uncut
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/09/2009
[Met Performance] CID:353460
Aida {1114}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/31/2010
[Met Performance] CID:353959 
New Production
Die Walküre {525}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/22/2011
Debuts: Eva-Maria Westbroek, Molly Fillmore, Lindsay Ammann

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