Met National Finals Concert

March 20th, 2015

“‘Grand Opera’s answer to ‘American Idol,’ ” said Peter Gelb, general manager of the Metropolitan Opera, describing the organization’s annual National Council Auditions while the judges deliberated on Sunday afternoon. The important vocal event has helped propel the careers of many young singers, including the soprano Angela Meade, who presented the Grand Finals Concert at the Met. … Before the judges announced their decision, Ms. Meade told the audience that she had entered 60 competitions (including the Met’s) and was “blessed to win 57.” After listening to her gorgeous rendition of ‘Casta Diva’ from Bellini’s ‘Norma,’ now one of her showpiece arias, there was no doubting why.

The New York Times, Vivien Schweitzer (March 2014)