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“Her plush voice had enormous yet utterly unforced power. Her top notes could soar over a combined
orchestra and chorus; yet her pianissimo high tones were even more impressive. Her technical agility and lyrical refinement were ideal for the florid bel canto repertory.‚ÄĚ

‚Äď The New York Times

“Meade is astounding. … She has exceptional dynamic control, able to move from floating pianissimos to
sudden dramatic swells. The coloratura effects ‚Äď rapid runs, trills, delicate turns, and so on ‚Äď are handled with uncommon ease. She is a very musical singer, naturally and intelligently riding the phrase.‚ÄĚ

‚Äď The New Yorker

‚Äú‚Ķthe most talked about soprano of her generation‚ÄĚ

‚Äď Opera News

American soprano Angela Meade is the winner of both the Metropolitan Opera’s 2012 Beverly Sills Artist Award and the 2011 Richard Tucker Award. In 2008 she joined an elite group of history’s singers when, as Elvira in Verdi’s Ernani, she made her professional operatic debut on the Met stage. Since then she has fast become recognized as one of today’s outstanding vocalists, excelling in the most demanding heroines of the 19th-century bel canto repertoire as well as in the operas of Verdi and Mozart.

The 2018-19 season begins with Ms. Meade joining forces with Yannick N√©zet-S√©guin and the Orchestre M√©tropolitain for a special performance of Verdi‚Äôs Requiem¬†in memory of Jacqueline Desmarais. Domestic opera engagements will include a role debut as Margherita in the Robert Carsen production of Boito‚Äôs Mefistofele¬†at the Metropolitan Opera, a company debut with Seattle Opera as Leonora in Verdi‚Äôs Il Trovatore, and a return to the Dallas Opera as Alice Ford in Verdi‚Äôs Falstaff. Internationally, Ms. Meade returns to Spain to revive her portrayal of Leonora in Verdi‚Äôs Il Trovatore¬†at Teatro de la Maestranza de Sevilla. Her schedule also includes a return to the Palacio de la Opera in A Coru√Īa, Spain and the Sinf√≥nica de Galicia for a concert of operatic highlights, a recital and masterclass with Vancouver‚Äôs The Singer Behind the Song series as well as a return to Verdi‚Äôs Requiem in Dublin, Ireland, with the RT√Č National Symphony conducted by Michele Mariotti. Ms. Meade ends the season with a recital and gala concert in her debut at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Italy.

In the 2017-18 season, Meade sang the title roles in Bellini’s Norma and Rossini’s Semiramide (broadcast Live in HD in theaters worldwide) at the Metropolitan Opera, Handel’s Alcina with Washington National Opera, and Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur with Oper Frankfurt. In addition, she sang the role of Giselda in Verdi’s I Lombardi at Teatro Regio di Torino and stepped in as a last minute replacement as Leonora in performances of Il Trovatore with Deutsche Oper Berlin. Concert performances included Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Yannick Nézét-Séguin and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Seattle Symphony. She gave recitals in Philadelphia, Santa Fe, and Waterford (VA).

During the 2016-17 season, Meade joined the Teatro Real in Madrid as Lucrezia in concert performances of Verdi‚Äôs I due Foscari, opposite Pl√°cido Domingo and Michael Fabiano, conducted by Pablo Heras-Casado. She returned to Madrid later in the season to sing the title role in¬†Norma and also returned to the Met for Donna Anna in Mozart‚Äôs Don Giovanni, conducted by Pl√°cido Domingo. Ms. Meade gave concert performances of Rossini‚Äôs Ermione under the baton of the late Alberto Zedda with the Russian National Orchestra in Moscow, the Op√©ra de Lyon orchestra in Lyon and in Paris at the Th√©√Ętre des Champs-Elys√©es. She also returned to the Caramoor Music Festival in their opening night gala and later in the season as Imogene in Bellini’s Il Pirata. Later, she returned to Spain to sing at the Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville in the title role of Donizetti‚Äôs Anna Bolena¬†and to Bilbao for Lina in Verdi‚Äôs Stiffelio, a debut role. In concert, she sang with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra under Gustavo Dudamel for Jan√°ńćek’s Glagolitic Mass, made her Japanese debut in Tokyo with the NHK Symphony in Mahler‚Äôs Symphony No. 8 conducted by Paavo J√§rvi, joined the Metropolitan Opera for their 50thAnniversary at Lincoln Center celebration concert, made her Houston Grand Opera debut in Verdi‚Äôs Requiem¬†under conductor Patrick Summers, performed Martinu‚Äôs The Epic of Gilgamesh¬†with the Grant Park Music Festival, as well as Washington Concert Opera‚Äôs 30thAnniversary gala, and presented a solo recital with Performance Santa Fe.

Highlights of the 2015-16 season included performances as Leonora in Verdi‚Äôs Il Trovatore¬†on both sides of the Atlantic, at the Met, at Deutsche Oper Berlin and at Palacio de la Opera in A Coru√Īa, Spain. She revisited her celebrated portrayal of Bellini‚Äôs Norma¬†at Los Angeles Opera and performed selections from Don Giovanni¬†with the Baltimore Symphony. Returning to Opera Orchestra of New York with Eve Queler, Ms. Meade performed the title role in Donizetti‚Äôs rarity Parisina. In concert, she returned to the Philadelphia Orchestra for a New Year‚Äôs Eve Gala and performances of Mahler‚Äôs Symphony No. 8 under Yannick N√©zet-S√©guin, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the symphony‚Äôs U.S. premiere, as well as to her alma mater, Pacific Lutheran University, for a Christmas concert that was broadcast on PBS. Besides making her Cincinnati Symphony debut in Rachmaninoff‚Äôs The Bells, and her St. Louis Symphony debut in Beethoven‚Äôs Symphony No. 9, she sang Verdi‚Äôs¬†Requiem¬†on three continents: with the Boston Philharmonic, Brazil‚Äôs Funda√ß√£o Orquestra Sinf√īnica do Estado de S√£o Paulo, and with Spain‚Äôs Asociaci√≥n Bilba√≠na de Amigos de la √ďpera (ABAO Bilbao).

The 2014-15 season saw Meade¬†‚Äď the face of the Opera News¬†2014 ‚ÄúDiva Issue‚ÄĚ ‚Äď reprise Elvira in Verdi‚Äôs Ernani at the Met, this time singing opposite Pl√°cido Domingo under the leadership of James Levine. She undertook the title role of Ermione¬†at Palacio de la Opera, and as one of the few sopranos to feature all three of Donizetti‚Äôs Tudor queens in her repertoire, headlined Maria Stuarda¬†in concert at Oregon‚Äôs Astoria Music Festival. Again in Donizetti, she joined Sir Mark Elder and the Hall√© Orchestra to record the composer‚Äôs lesser-known opera Le duc d‚ÄôAlbe¬†for Opera Rara label. In concert, Verdi‚Äôs Requiem¬†was the vehicle for debuts with the New York Philharmonic, under Alan Gilbert; at London‚Äôs BBC Proms, with Donald Runnicles leading the BBC Scottish Symphony; and with Spain‚Äôs Oviedo Filarmon√≠a. She also joined the Philadelphia Orchestra for Mahler‚Äôs Symphony No. 2 in Philadelphia and at Carnegie Hall; sang Beethoven‚Äôs Symphony No. 9 with the BBC Scottish Symphony; and headlined concert performances of Rossini‚Äôs Guglielmo Tell¬†with the orchestra of the Teatro Regio di Torino and Gianandrea Noseda in Edinburgh, Scotland, Stresa, Italy, and on a high-profile North American tour which included as sold out performance at Carnegie Hall.

Since her momentous Met debut, Meade‚Äôs numerous returns to the storied New York house include starring in the title roles of Norma¬†and Sir David McVicar‚Äôs new¬†Anna Bolena; as Leonora in Il trovatore; as Alice Ford in a new Falstaff¬†under James Levine, as seen around the world in the Met‚Äôs Live in HD series and released on DVD by Decca Classics; and as Mozart‚Äôs Countess in Le nozze di Figaro. She also reprised Verdi‚Äôs Elvira in a production seen both in the Met‚Äôs Live in HD series and as a Great Performances at the Met presentation on PBS-TV. At Carnegie Hall, she headlined Bellini‚Äôs rare gem¬†Beatrice di Tenda¬†and appeared in Rossini‚Äôs Mo√Įse et Pharaon, while at Lincoln Center she sang Giselda in I Lombardi with the Opera Orchestra of New York.

Other highlights of recent seasons include debuts at the Vienna State Opera as Elena in Verdi‚Äôs I vespri siciliani; Deutsche Oper Berlin and Oper Frankfurt, in concert performances of Verdi‚Äôs I due Foscari¬†and Puccini‚Äôs Edgar, respectively; Italy‚Äôs Teatro Regio di Torino as Mathilde in a new production of¬†Guglielmo Tell; Los Angeles Opera and Cincinnati Opera as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni; and, in her first fully-staged title portrayal of Norma, at Washington National Opera, where she was subsequently honored as ‚Äú2013 Artist of the Year.‚ÄĚ She was catapulted to prominence in a 2010 concert performance of Norma at the Caramoor International Music Festival, where she has also triumphed as H√©l√®ne in Verdi‚Äôs Les v√™pres siciliennes, and in the title roles of Donizetti‚Äôs Lucrezia Borgia¬†and Rossini‚Äôs Semiramide.¬†In 2010, Meade made her European operatic debut at The Wexford Festival in the title role of Mercadante‚Äôs rarely heard¬†Virginia.

On the concert stage, Meade has appeared in recital at the Kennedy Center, and as soloist with the New York Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony, Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Montreal’s Orchestre Métropolitain, Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony, and Seattle Symphony, among others. Conductors with whom she has collaborated include Roberto Abbado, Marin Alsop, Marco Armiliato, Maurizio Benini, Will Crutchfield, Thomas Dausgaard, Plácido Domingo, Charles Dutoit, Riccardo Frizza, Manfred Honeck, Sebastian Lang-Lessing, James Levine, Fabio Luisi, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Gianandrea Noseda, Donald Runnicles, Gerard Schwarz, and Osmo Vänskä.

A native of Washington State and an alumna of the Academy of Vocal Arts, Ms. Meade has triumphed in an astounding number of vocal competitions: 57 in all, including many of the opera world’s most important prizes. In addition to being a winner at the 2007 Met National Council Auditions, as documented in The Audition, a film that was subsequently released on DVD by Decca, she was also the first singer to take first prize in both the opera and operetta categories of the prestigious Belvedere Competition.