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MARGARET RITCHIE, Soprano * 7 June 1903, Grimsby + 7 Feb 1969, Ewelme, Oxon;

08 Aug

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Margaret Ritchie (1903-1969). She studied at the Royal College of Music and with Plunket Greene, Agnes Nicholls (two notable British singers of the early years of the 20th Century) and Sir Henry Wood. She first attracted attention as a student in a Royal College production of The Magic Flute in which she sang the role of Pamina. She then established a reputation as a concert singer and as principal soprano of the Intimate Opera Company which was founded by Frederick Woodhouse which was to remain in being until the 1970s and to inspire and revive many small-scale operatic works by British (and other) composers. In 1944 she joined Sadler’s Wells, and in 1946-7 she sang for Glyndebourne Opera, taking in 1946 the role of Lucia in Britten’s “The Rape of Lucretia”. In 1947 she joined the English Opera Group where her performance as Miss Wordsworth in another Britten opera, Albert Herring. displayed her musical qualities and feeling for comedy. She was also admired in Handel, recording Galatea, and Elmira in “Sosarme”. She made one film in 1945 where she played the part of Adelina Patti. The film was ‘Pink String and Sealing Wax’.

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