This September 3 and 5, Angela Meade brings her acclaimed portrayal of Verdi’s heroine Leonora to A Coruña, Spain, starring in Il Trovatore at the Palacio de la Opera. Mario Ponteggi directs the new production which featuress a cast including Gregory Kunde as Manrico, Juan Jesús Rodríguez as Conte di Luna, and Marianne Cornetti as Azucena. Keri-Lynn Wilson conducts the drama, accompanied by the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia.
Angela’s BBC Proms debut at London’s Royal Albert Hall was received with acclaim from audiences and critics alike. In its review of her performance of Verdi’s Requiem The Guardian stated, “Of the four soloists, exceptional were the succulent-toned Angela Meade and her grandly rhetorical mezzo colleague, Karen Cargill: their immaculately co-ordinated duetting provided some of the highlights of the interpretation as a whole,” while Music OMH said, “soprano Angela Meade also impressed…her voice proved to be measured and versatile, with a brilliantly demonstrated ability to tackle the opposites of terror and sweetness in the Libera me, and to make the perfect partnership with Karen Cargill’s voice in the Recordare and Agnus Dei.”
Listen to the performance that features Angela’s “shimmering vibrato” (Bachtrack) on BBC Radio 3.
This Sunday, Angela brings her highly acclaimed performance of Verdi’s Requiem to London’s 2015 BBC Proms. In its review of her performance of Verdi’s iconic work with the New York Philharmonic and Alan Gilbert, the New York Times exclaimed that “Ms. Meade’s voice soared commandingly over the orchestra and chorus – an operatic feat, undoubtedly, and a magnificent one.” Led by Donald Runnicles, Angela joins mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill, tenor Yosep Kang, bass Raymond Acetro, the Concert Association of the Chorus of Deutsche Oper Berlin and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra on stage at Royal Albert Hall.
For those who are unable to make it to London, they can tune in to BBC Radio 3 for a live broadcast of the Proms at 8pm GMT. The Prom will also be repeated on Wednesday, August 5 at 2pm GMT.
After a busy spring season, Angela kicks off her summer next week in Spain performing the title role in Rossini’s Ermione at Palacio de la Opera (June 6). She will then step into the studio in London to record the role of Hélène d’Egmont in Donizetti’s rarely performed Le duc d’Albe. The recording will be distributed by Opera Rara, and will feature The Hallé Orchestra under the direction of Sir Mark Elder. In late June, Angela will return to the United States for a concert performance of Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda at the Astoria Music Festival (June 28) before traveling back across the pond to make her debut with the BBC Proms in Verdi’s Requiem (August 2). Her summer season will end with a concert of arias with Cameron Schutza, MaryAnn McCormick and Luis Ledesma titled “Grand and Glorious” at Portland SummerFest. For more information on all of Angela’s performances this summer – and through the fall – check out her schedule.