Margaret Kelly Cook


Born in Glasgow, Scotland, soprano Margaret Kelly Cook earned music degrees at the Oberlin Conservatory and the London Royal College of Music. Ms. Cook has sung the roles of Nerea in Deidamia, and Emira in Siroe, both by Handel, with the London Handel Society; Denise in Tippett’s The Knot Garden; Vixen in Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen; Cleonilla in Vivaldi’s Ottone for BBC Radio3; Susanna in Susanna’s Secret; Pamina in The Magic Flute; Lucy in The Telephone; and Norina in Don Pasquale for the European Chamber Opera. In the United States, she has appeared with the South Carolina Opera and with the Palmeto Opera as Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus, Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow, the Countess in The Marriage of Figaro, and Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore.

On the concert stage, Ms. Cook has appeared as a guest soloist throughout Europe and the US, including the City of London Choir at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the English Mozart Players, the London Camerata Hispánica, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, and the South Carolina Philharmonic. She has also appeared in concert and solo recitals at a number of festivals in Europe and in the U. S., including the Spoleto Festival, U.S.A.

She has recorded vocals for numerous commercial productions in both England and Spain. Theatre credits include the New York premiere of No Way Out, written by Jeff Johnson and produced by Tom O’Horagan (of Hair fame). Classical recordings include David Maves’ “Greek Songs” with guitarist Mark Regnier.

Also a highly respected voice teacher, Ms. Cook has taught students who have won vocal scholarships to New York University, and Oberlin College Conservatory to name a few. They have won various competitions including the Operalia Competition in Beijing, the Metropolitan National Council Auditions, and have also appeared with major opera companies including Los Angeles Opera, and the New York Metropolitan Opera.

Upcoming events include concerts with the Bach Society of Charleston, numerous appearances on “The Sounds of Charleston” concert series, and recitals with her husband countertenor Ricard Bordas.