Margaret Yauger was the leading mezzo-soprano of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein (Dusseldorf) for ten years where she performed in over eighteen productions. They include Fricka and Waltraute in Wagner's Ring Cycle, Orpheus in Gluck's Orpheus und Eurydice, Fenena in Nabucco, Marina in Boris Godunov, and many others. She has performed with the Opera houses of Freiburg, Hannover, Karisruhe, Krefeld, and Wiesbaden in Germany, the Teatro Regio in Torino, Italy, In Mexico with the Mexico City Opera, and in Spain with the Bilbao Opera. In the past seasons, she performed Verdi's Requiem in the Cesky Krumlov Festival in the Czeck Republic, Bach's St. Matthew Passion with the Portland Symphony Orchestra, as Mary in Der Fliegende Hollander with the Cincinnati Opera, St. John Passion with the Youngstown Symphony tour of France, and performing Ralph Vaughan-Williams' Mass in g minor. In the summer of 2000, Ms. Yauger appeared as Madame Flora in Menotti's The Medium with the Portland Opera Repertory Theatre.
Ms. Yauger began her operatic career when Sarah Caldwell invited her to join the American National Opera Company's touring production of Verdi's Falstaff singing Meg Page. Following, she joined the Boris Goldovsky Opera Touring Company. Since then she has appeared with the Birmingham Civic Opera as Augusta Tabor in The Ballad of Baby Doe, Amneris in Aida with the Lake George Opera Festival, Lucretia in Britten's The Rope of Lucretia with the Caramoor Festival, in Purcell's Dido and Aeness, as Elizabeth Proctor in Ward's The Crucible, and as Jenny in Weill's Threepenny Opera. Ms.Yauger has appeared with the American Opera Center, Central City Opera, and New York City Opera where she Enrichetta in I Puritanni with Beverly Sills, Lola in Cavalieria Rusticana, Maddalena in Rigoletto, Knoxville Opera in Floyd's Susannah, and with Fort Worth Opera as Laura in Ponchielli's La Gioconde.
Ms. Yauger's concert appearances have included Das Rheingold with the Washington National Symphony, Brahms' Alto Rhapsody and Mahler's Second Symphony with the Roanoke and Solingen Symphonies, the Verdi Requiem with the Symphony Orchestras of Trier, Moenchengladbach, Krefeld, Berlin and Delaware, Handel's Messiah with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, and in New York City and Boston, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the Symphony Orchestras of Dulsburg, Dresden and the Heidelberg Schloss Festival, and recorded Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Mexico City Symphony. She performed in Wozzeck with the Boston Symphony and a concert performance of Strauss' Elektra with the London Symphony Orchestra, both under Seiji Ozawa.
Ms. Yauger's honors include listings in Who's Who in Opera, Who's Who in American Music, First Edition, International Who's Who in Music and Musicians' Directory 1988, and the International Who's Who in music and Musicians' Directory 2000/2001. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from Converse College and her Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory. In addition, she has been the recipient of three scholarships from the William Mathis Sullivan Foundation, and scholarships from the Miss Alabama Competition and the American Opera Center of Juilliard. She is currently on the voice faculty at the University of Southern Maine. Ms. Yauger made a CD recording of Verdi's Nabucco with the Dusseldorf Opera, which was released early in 2000.