Opera Singer, Alto
Margit Westerlund is a Finnish opera singer who possesses a powerful and unique alto voice. Critics have described her voice as “exceptional and warm coloured with lots of dramatic performing power”.
Margit has been widely heard in oratorios and chamber music concerts around Finland. She has sung alto solos in major works by Bach, Handel, Mahler and Mozart, as well as Vivaldi’s Gloria, Il Tramonto by Respighi, Rossini’s Stabat Mater among others, to great critical acclaim.
Margit’s career launched at an early age when she won the Mustakallio competition for young talented singers and became the debutant of the year at the Savonlinna Opera festival in Finland. Ever since she has performed as an opera soloist and a recitalist in Scandinavia, Germany and the USA.
She made her opera debut at the Finnish National Opera as Grimgerde in Die Walkure by Wagner under the direction of Götz Friedrich in 1997. After that she has appeared regularly with the company in several productions – Die Frau ohne Schatten, The Magic Flute, Eugen Onegin and The Ostrobothnians among others. She also performed in several productions of smaller opera companies around Finland.
As a keen performer of contemporary music, she sang alto solos at the world premier recording of Du såg mig, an oratorio by Hovland.
Her first solo album Med Dig contains songs by Scandinavian composers Bergman, Berg, Nystrom and Kortekangas. It received brilliant reviews and was followed by an album A Summer evening, containing Finnish vocal music.
Margit holds a master’s degree both in voice performance and pedagogy at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. Lately she has also dedicated herself to literature and creative writing. She has written a chamber opera libretto composed by a Finnish composer Kaj Chydenius. The Boat Opera tour took place in the Finnish archipelago and visited several ports during the summer 2016. The audience loved it dearly.
During the early years of her career Margit prioritized her family life alongside her singing, which influenced the fact that she mostly sang in Finland near her children. Now a few years later when her chicks have left the nest, it’s time to let the voice completely loose on the world stage again. There is still a lot of music left unsung, which her magnificent alto voice is ready to deliver.
Why to engage Margit?
For her voice and her attitude! Margit can offer You both her enthusiasm and distinct professional skills in singing. With her long experience as a musician and with her strong stage presence, you can always count on a qualitative and a positive minded contribution for her part in your productions.
Please take contact to get more information, she’s ready for launch!
Margit has recorded three albums;
Wesendonck Lieder (2020),
and Med Dig (2005).