Angela launches 2015 with three high profile events this month. Next week, Angela makes her eagerly awaited debut with the New York Philharmonic under Alan Gilbert in three performances of Verdi’s Requiem at Avery Fisher Hall. Later in the month audiences have the opportunity to hear her star turn in the Richard Tucker Music Foundation’s annual gala concert on a Live From Lincoln Center broadcast, “Richard Tucker Opera Gala: A New Century,” which was taped last October and airs on PBS on Friday, January 23. This weekend Angela is performing in a more intimate New York setting at the Morgan Library where she shares the bill of a George London Recital at the Morgan Library with baritone Nicholas Pallesen, a fellow winner of the George London prize.
Tonight, following her triumphant European appearances in the same production, Angela launches a North American tour with Italy’s Teatro Regio di Torino and Gianandrea Noseda, headlining concert performances of William Tell in Chicago (Dec 3), Toronto (Dec 5), New York City’s Carnegie Hall (Sun, Dec 7), and Ann Arbor (Dec 9). The New York performance marks the soprano’s second engagement at the Stern Auditorium this season, and she continues to dominate the Manhattan cultural scene in the New Year. For her eagerly awaited New York Philharmonic debut, she joins the orchestra for three accounts of Verdi’s Requiem with Alan Gilbert at Avery Fisher Hall (Jan 15-17), and she also looks forward to revisiting one of her jaw-dropping 57 vocal competition wins, sharing the stage with fellow George London Award-winner Nicholas Pallesen for a George London Recital at the Morgan Library (Jan 11). As Opera News explained in its November cover story, when Meade became the youngest singer ever selected as the face of the magazine’s annual “Diva” issue, “Easily the most talked-about soprano of her generation, … Meade inhabits her stardom. … [She is] not just an extravagantly accomplished singer but a diva now thoroughly in her element.”
Angela’s performance in the title role of Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia from last summer’s Caramoor Festival will air on WQXR this Saturday at 12pm ET, and nationally through the WFMT Radio Network’s syndicated opera series. The New York Times hailed Angela’s “extraordinarily powerful and multifaceted soprano” and Opera News noted, “Angela Meade took the title role, giving as accomplished a performance as I’ve ever seen from her – which is saying quite a lot…This was the true work of a prima donna.” Click here for more info.
Angela is on the cover of the 13th annual “Diva” issue of Opera News – on sale now – and is the youngest singer ever selected for a “Diva” issue cover. Each year, this special edition of the magazine documents the most noteworthy prima donnas; great singers who have topped the list in previous seasons include Maria Callas, Kiri Te Kanawa, and Anna Netrebko. In the November issue, the honors are Angela’s, and a feature-length cover story by Fred Cohn profiles her burgeoning career. As she explains: “I am so honored to be featured on the cover of Opera News’s iconic ‘Diva’ issue. I’ve been an avid reader of the magazine since I started singing in college and it’s a huge honor to be on the same cover as the legendary singers I look up to!” Click here to read the Opera News cover story on Angela.