Penn Collegium Musicum (formerly Ancient Voices) is a select chamber choir that specializes in music from the Medieval, Renaissance, and early Baroque period. Open by audition to all students, the choir has a special interest in historically-informed performance practice. Led by Meg Bragle, Penn Collegium Musicum performs two concerts per year.
Widely praised for her musical intelligence and “expressive virtuosity” (San Francisco Chronicle), Meg Bragle is quickly earning an international reputation as one of today’s most gifted mezzo-sopranos.
A frequent featured soloist with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the English Baroque Soloists, she has made four recordings with the group, including Bach’s Easter and Ascension Oratorios – the vehicle for her BBC Proms debut − and the October 2015 release of Bach’s Mass in B Minor. As a gifted early music specialist, Ms. Bragle has sung in North America and Europe with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Music of the Baroque, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Les Violons du Roy, Apollo’s Fire, and the Dunedin Consort.
Ms. Bragle has appeared with many symphony orchestras in the US and Canada including the Houston (Beethoven’s Mass in C Minor), Indianapolis (Mozart’s Requiem), Milwaukee (Mozart’s Requiem), Cincinnati (Bach’s Mass in B Minor), Pacific (Handel’s Judas Maccabeus), and Colorado (Mendelssohn’s Elijah) Symphonies; the National Arts Center Orchestra (Messiah) and a series of concerts with the Calgary Philharmonic including Handel’s Messiah and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.
Highlights of the last season include a return to Netherlands Bach Society for a tour of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and performances with Music of the Baroque (St. John Passion), Mercury Houston Orchestra (St. Matthew Passion), Arion Baroque Orchestra, and Tempesta di Mare. Other recent highlights include performances with the Winter Park and Carmel Bach Festivals, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Early Music Vancouver, multiple appearances as vocal soloist with New York City Ballet, and American Bach soloists.
Her opera roles include Idamante in Idomeneo, Dido and the Sorceress in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Dardano in Handel’s Amadigi, Amastre in Handel’s Serse, Speranza in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, Ippolita in Cavalli’s Elena, and Elpina in Vivaldi’s La Fida Ninfa.
Ms. Bragle is an accomplished recording artist. In addition to those with the English Baroque Soloists, she has made several recordings with Apollo’s Fire: Mozart’s Requiem (Koch), Handel’s Dixit Dominus and Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne (Avie), and Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine (Avie), and L’Orfeo (Eclectra). Other recordings include Bach’s St. John Passion with Arion Baroque (ATMA Classique).
Penn Collegium Musicum: Mondays, 6:00-8:00pm; Rose Recital Hall