Angela Meade to give intimate performance for Classical Action: Performing Arts Against AIDS on Dec 12November 22nd, 2013
Classical Action: Performing Arts Against AIDS continues its 2013-14 Michael Palm Series of benefit house concerts in New York City with an intimate performance by rising-star soprano Angela Meade on Thursday December 12. The event – held at the magnificent TriBeCa loft of Simon Yates and Kevin Roon – begins with wine and hors d’oeuvres at 6:30 p.m., with the concert starting at 7:30 p.m. Recipient of the Richard Tucker Award and the Beverly Sills Award, Angela has appeared regularly at the Metropolitan Opera since her professional debut in 2008. Last month she wowed critics and audiences in her first Met performances in the title role of Bellini’s Norma. She was paired in that production with fellow Met National Council Auditions winner Jamie Barton, causing “some old-school pandemonium in the house” (New Yorker critic Alex Ross), and moving the New York Times to proclaim “they are a duo that every opera lover should hear.” In December Meade will make her role debut as Alice Ford in a new-to-the-Met production of Falstaff, conducted by James Levine. Two days after her Classical Action recital, her performance in Falstaff will be beamed to movie theaters worldwide in the Met: Live in HD series. Tickets for her Classical Action benefit performance on December 12 can be purchased online at classicalaction.org or by calling 212-997-7717.
This week, Angela launches the 2013-14 season with her first Met performances in the title role of Norma (Oct 24 & 28), having demonstrated “her nearly mind-blowing mastery of Bellini’s most challenging music” (Washington Times) in the same part earlier this year. For her company role debut, Meade will be joined by mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton and tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko in a production by veteran British director John Copley. Riccardo Frizza will conduct. Meade recently scored a resounding success in her first staged performances as Norma at Washington National Opera. The company honored her as “Artist of the Year,” and the reviews were glowing and heartfelt; Anne Midgette declared: “Of the four Normas I’ve heard live in the last ten years, Angela Meade is by far the best” (Washington Post). Click here for a full list of Angela’s performances this fall.
On October 24, Angela takes her portrayal of Bellini’s Norma to the Met for the first time. After her first staged performances as the Druid priestess at Washington National Opera last season, she was honored as the company’s Artist of the Year, having “thrilled WNO devotees with her nearly mind-blowing mastery of Bellini’s most challenging music.” (Washington Times) Later in the season, Angela portrays Alice Ford in the Met’s new production of Verdi’s Falstaff, under the baton of James Levine. Verdi is a staple in the young American soprano’s fast-rising career. The December 14 performance will be transmitted to movie theaters worldwide as part of the “Met: Live in HD” series. Visit Angela’s schedule for a full list of performances.
On June 27, Angela sings Verdi’s Ave Maria, volgarizzata da Dante for soprano and strings at Caramoor’s unique and evocative Spanish Courtyard. The following week she brings the role of Duchess Hélène to life in the French version of the composer’s opera Les vêpres siciliennes (July 6). These performances mark Angela’s first time at Caramoor since she received raves for her portrayal of Bellini’s Norma. In its review of her performance, Opera News exclaimed, “the evening’s knockout – soprano Angela Meade, whose ‘Casta Diva’ was nothing less than revelation,” while the New York Times declared, “Angela Meade powered out a ‘Casta Diva’ from Bellini’s Norma that left everyone breathless.” In celebration of the composers birth, last week WQXR’s Operavore and Caramoor presented a special sneak peak at “Verdi in Paris,” the theme of this year’s Bel Canto at Caramoor. The program included rarely-heard songs as well as duets and arias from Les vêpres siciliennes in their original French, highlighting the influence of the time Verdi spent in Paris on his music. Click here to watch.