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Margaret Preece trained in Glasgow at the RSAMD, then in London at the National Opera Studio, with the benefit of awards from the John Scott and Peter Stuyvesant Foundations. She maintains a career in opera, operetta and concert singing, as well as appearing in musical theatre and drama.

After spending a period in the Scottish Opera Chorus, she sang principal roles with several British companies. Her Opera North appearances include Diana (Orpheus in the Underworld), Despina, Barbarina, and Vova (Paradise Moscow). With ENO she sang the Vixen, Zerlina, and Ninetta (Love for Three Oranges).

Other operatic appearances include English Touring Opera, Garsington, and City of Birmingham. With them she sang Musetta, Alice Ford, Adina, Flaminia (Haydn's Il mondo della luna), Donna Elvira and Rosalinde. At the Buxton Festival she sang Queen of Night and Clarice (Il mondo della luna). At the Batignano Festival in Tuscany she has worked in several productions, including Barbarino in the premiere of L'augellino belverde (Jonathan Dove).

She has sung in several stage musicals, including Susan Cooper in Love Life and Mary Turner in Of Thee I Sing, both with Opera North. She also had an eighteen-month run in the West End, singing Carlotta in Phantom of the Opera. She repeated this part on the film soundtrack, as well as performing the role of the Confidante. With the National Theatre she appeared in Sir Peter Hall's staging of The Bacchae both in London and at the Epidavros amphitheatre. This featured music by Sir Harrison Birtwistle.

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