Margherita Maria Sala is the First Prize winner of the Cesti International Singing Competition 2020 where she also received the Audience Award and the Special Prize from the Festival Resonanzen at the Vienna Konzerthaus.
Born in Lecco, Margherita began her musical education as a child under the guidance of her parents, both musicians. Besides early training in violin, she studied singing in the polyphonic vocal group “Famiglia Sala” composed of the seven members of her own family.
Touring intensively in Italy as well as internationally, the ensemble explores a vast repertoire ranging from Renaissance music to evergreens, spiritual, sacred and popular music. They were awarded the First Prize in the Rimini International Choral Competition.
Margherita attended the Civica Scuola di Musica Claudio Abbado in Milan and is currently perfecting her skills with Sonia Prina at the Verona Accademia per l’Opera.
In 2017 she graduated in Choral Conducting from the Accademia Biennale di Formazione per Direttori di Coro in Bellinzona under the guidance of Marco Berrini.
On the occasion of the 105th death anniversary of Jules Bugmein, she performed and recorded the world premiere of his comic opera La Secchia rapita led by Aldo Salvagno at the Auditorium Verdi in Milan; this was issued on CD by Dynamic.
In 2019, Margherita was selected for the role of Ottone in Monteverdi’s Incornazione di Poppea at the auditions held by VoceAllOpera.
In the 2019/2020 season, she sang Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle in Zug (Switzerland), Handel’s Oreste (Filotete) alongside Franco Fagioli under Maxim Emelyanychev/Il Pomo d’Oro at Paris Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Essen Philharmonie and Toulouse, and Pasquini’s Idalma (Irene) championed by Alessandro De Marchi for the Innsbruck Festwochen der Alten Musik.
Recent and future engagements include Emilio de’ Cavalieri’s Rappresentatione di anima et di corpo (Piacere) in a Giovanni Antonini/Robert Carsen production at Theater an der Wien, Monteverdi’s Orfeo (Speranza) in an Ottavio Dantone/Pier Luigi Pizzi production in Ravenna, Handel’s Messiah under Enrico Onofri leading la Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini in Parma, and Vivaldi’s Olimpiade under Federico Maria Sardelli in Moscow. Margherita gives a recital in the Mozart Hall of the Wiener Konzerthaus and sings the world premiere of Giuseppe Gazzaniga’s Isola di Alcina, of which a recording is planned through the Sony label, with Werner Ehrhardt/l’arte del mondo in Schwetzingen and Bayreuth.