I Vespri Siciliani at Wiener Staatsoper (Herzogin Elena)

September 20th, 2012

“We can report on a fabulous revival at the Vienna State Opera, where since Sunday Giuseppe Verdi’s I Vespri Siciliani is being presented again. It’s a masterful work that is all too seldom performed, mainly because of the difficulty of casting all the demanding principal parts. Now at the opera house on the Ring four years since its last appearance there, three first-class voices may be enjoyed. Angela Meade portrays the Duchess Elena with her generously endowed soprano, including elegant coloratura and a remarkable range in a memorable house debut.”

— Kurier (September 2012)

Vespri siciliani is back at the State Opera after four years: it’s high-voltage Verdi in an enthusiastically received production under the spirited Gianandrea Noseda. Impressive is Angela Meade as the Duchess Elena, her powerful soprano especially secure in the high-lying regions of the part.”

— Kronen Zeitung (September 2012)

“The voice of the young American soprano Angela Meade made a strong impression during her Vienna State Opera debut as Elena in Verdi’s I Vespri Siciliani. Whether or not her lush voice, richly blessed with vibrato, may appeal to all tastes, she encompassed with astonishing mastery the extreme vocal range of the role, with the required breadth of both lyrical and dramatic coloratura.”

— Die Presse, Stefan Musil (September 2012)

“All around, a largely new cast for Vespri, featuring Angela Meade’s Elena with her all-encompassing soprano.”

— Weiner Zeitung, Gerhard Kramer (September 2012)