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Angela Meade Takes Manhattan, with NY Phil Debut, Carnegie Concerts, Met Ernani, George London Recital, and Richard Tucker Gala in 2014-15

September 22nd, 2014
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Angela Meade – the face of Opera News’s forthcoming annual “Diva” issue – dominates the New York cultural scene this season. In concert, the American soprano makes her New York Philharmonic debut under Alan Gilbert’s direction in Verdi’s Requiem (Jan 15-17), and gives two performances at Carnegie Hall, first joining the Philadelphia Orchestra for Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony (Oct 31), and then starring in Rossini’s William Tell with Italy’s Teatro Regio di Torino led by Gianandrea Noseda (Dec 7), in the penultimate stop on their North American tour. With James Levine on the podium, she sings opposite Plácido Domingo in Verdi’s Ernani at the Metropolitan Opera, reprising Elvira, the role in which she made her career-launching professional debut on the same stage (March 20-April 11). The laureate of no fewer than 57 vocal competitions, she also revisits three of her most prestigious wins this season, partnering fellow George London Award-winner Nicholas Pallesen for a George London Recital at the Morgan Library (Jan 11); joining fellow Tucker Award-winners as well as Anna Netrebko, Joseph Calleja, and other operatic luminaries for the annual Richard Tucker Gala at Avery Fisher Hall (Oct 12); and hosting the Met’s National Council Auditions Grand Finals Concert (Mar 22), in which her own triumph was chronicled in the PBS-TV documentary The Audition. Beyond Manhattan, Meade is scheduled to sing in Beethoven’s “Choral” Symphony under the leadership of Donald Runnicles with the Atlanta Symphony (Oct 2-5), and, celebrating the eminent Scottish conductor’s 60th birthday, on a tour of his homeland with the BBC Scottish Symphony (Nov 13-16). Finally, following her summer success in the title role of Lucrezia Borgia at the Caramoor Festival, she looks forward to singing another Donizetti opera: the role of Hélène d’Egmont in a recording of Le duc d’Albe for the Opera Rara label (June).

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Angela Meade’s summer includes star turns across the U.S., plus the Edinburgh Festival in Graham Vick’s William Tell

June 3rd, 2014
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Angela Meade – fresh from Metropolitan Opera triumphs as Bellini’s Norma and as Alice Ford in Falstaff – has a busy summer ahead. The soprano will perform at festivals across the U.S. from June through August. She launches her summer season as soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Baltimore Symphony under Marin Alsop (June 5-8) before taking on the title role of Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia in her return to the Caramoor International Music Festival (July 12, 18). The Washington State native also headlines two festivals in Oregon: she sings Violetta in Verdi’s La traviata for the gala opening concert of the Astoria Music Festival (June 14), and the title role of Bellini’s Norma for Portland’s SummerFest (Aug 8). Last month Meade appeared for the first time in Italy, with her role debut as Mathilde in a new production of Rossini’s Guglielmo Tell by esteemed director Graham Vick at the Teatro Regio di Torino. Hailed by the Financial Times as “a major achievement” and “musically … a treat”, Torino’s Guglielmo Tell travels with Meade and the rest of the cast for concert performances under conductor Gianandrea Noseda at Italy’s Stresa Music Festival (Aug 22) and the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland (Aug 25).  A U.S. tour will follow in December with stops in Chicago, Toronto, Ann Arbor and New York’s Carnegie Hall.

Angela is Mathilde in Rossini’s William Tell this May

April 24th, 2014
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For her first appearances as the Austrian princess Mathilde in Rossini’s William Tell, Angela joins a strong cast, including Dalibor Jenis and John Osborn, in a new production of the rarely heard opera from renowned English director Graham Vick, CBE, at the Teatro Regio di Torino. Principal Conductor Gianandrea Noseda leads the orchestra (May 7, 11 & 18). Next season, Angela and the cast will reunite to reprise their roles at New York’s Carnegie Hall (Dec 7), during the Teatro Regio di Torino’s upcoming U.S. Tour.

This European debut follows on the heels of Meade’s “enormous success” (New York Times) in New York, where she recently headlined Bellini’s Norma and showed off her comic chops in Verdi’s Falstaff, both at the Metropolitan Opera, with the latter seen worldwide in the Met’s Live in HD series. She also graced a “dream team of opera singers” (New York Times) at a special Richard Tucker Centennial Gala, broadcast Live from Lincoln Center on PBS-TV.

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Angela to make Oper Frankfurt debut in concert performances of Puccini’s Edgar this February

January 23rd, 2014
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Following a triumphant return to the Metropolitan Opera this fall in Bellini’s Norma and Verdi’s Falstaff, the “next great Verdian soprano” (Baltimore Sun) crosses the Atlantic for her debut at Germany’s Oper Frankfurt next month (Feb 16 & 18). Angela brings the role of Fidelia to life in a concert version of Puccini’s Edgar at the famed opera house, opposite fellow Beverly Sills Award winner and Academy of Vocal Arts alum Bryan Hymel.  Marc Soustrot conducts the rarely heard early Puccini work.

Later in the month, the soprano travels to the sunshine state for performances of Verdi’s Requiem with the Jacksonville Symphony and Chorus (Feb 27 & 28). Click here for a full list of upcoming appearances.