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September 6th, 2019

A SOPRANO COMES HOME

February 8th, 2019

Ms. Meade was finally able to return to her home state and to Seattle Opera to make her debut with the company in Verdi’s Il Trovatore and what a debut it was!

“Angela Meade’s performance displayed an ethereally beautiful voice”
Opera War Horses
 
“And then there is Angela Meade. I can add nothing to the encomia that more distinguished critics have awarded her. She has only deepened as an artist since her dazzling Met debut as Elvira in Ernani. I do not believe there is another soprano living who can touch her in this repertory: her mere presence at Seattle Opera, 100 miles from her birthplace, seemed a miraculous intervention to me, and the audience on Sunday afternoon, thirsty, nay parched for this kind of taste and artistry and presence, provided her the appropriate hosannas.”
Opera Today 
 
 “The standout was the thrilling Leonora of Angela Meade. Her beautiful tone quality and her interpretive artistry were capped with an amazing crescendo on the high A-flat at the end of “D’amor sull’ali rosee” — which met with a showstopping ovation of cheers and whistles.”
Seattle Times 

“Meade, one of the Northwest’s brightest classical music stars, was born in Centralia, Wash., educated as an undergrad at Tacoma’s Pacific Lutheran University, and was the winner at 34 years old of the prestigious 2012 Metropolitan Opera’s Beverly Sills Artist Award, her frequent Oregon appearances make her a favorite of local audiences.

When I saw Meade in the summer of 2012 at the Astoria Music Festival singing excerpts from Vincenzo Bellini’s Norma, she was plenty good. She’d received praise from such heavyweight New York critics as Alex Ross and Anthony Tommasini. Her robust, flexible voice was primed to take her places, especially when Verdi was required.

As in Norma, Il Trovatore’s Leonora’s vocal range and dynamics demand that she sing all-stops-out and in a whisper — that Verdi range! Her role requires long, lush lines and athletic coloratura runs. She swoons, she longs for and mourns her lover, she escapes to become a nun, she embraces a secret about loving the troubadour, she holds her ground against the aggressive courting Count di Luna, who is actually the count’s brother (though neither knows this till the end) —and she must die, of course.

Meade proved herself deserving of the non-stop applause and blast of bravas. After her Act 1 double aria, the audience clapped for 15 seconds, but after “D’Amor sull’ ali rosee” in the final part, she received 42 seconds of applause. She stood frozen during the adoration while conductor Carlo Montanaro waited patiently to start up the orchestra again. She couldn’t miss, and neither does this production.”
Oregon Arts Watch

The top performance, by a long shot, was that of soprano Angela Meade. The sheer beauty of her singing had me in tears more than once. Her tone was gorgeous from top to bottom of her considerable range. Her trill shimmered, and her soft high notes floated above the orchestra to perfection.
Seattle Gay News

“Centralia’s own Angela Meade worked vocal magic at times that brought tears to my eyes. When she tossed in incredibly beautiful high notes that floated over the orchestra on wings of pure delight, and her trills and other coloratura skills seemed effortless. Most impressive of all, those two ascending lines she sings as she is dying were spun out with a languid ease, ever so slow, growing ever more soft as she approached that last high note in pure pianissimo, all while lying horizontal in Manrico’s arms. Utter magic! Very few sopranos can do this.”
Seattle Gay News

2018/19 Season

September 8th, 2018

Looking Ahead to the 2017-18 Season

May 24th, 2017


As part of a resplendent season, Angela will sing the title roles of Bellini’s Norma and Rossini’s Semiramide at the Metropolitan Opera and Alcina with the Washington National Opera for their first-ever staging of Handel’s baroque masterpiece. In a season filled with titular roles, Angela will return to Oper Frankfurt in a role debut of Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur and bring her acclaimed interpretation of Giselda in Verdi’s I Lombardi in her return to Teatro Regio di Torino. Under the auspices of the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and Performance Santa Fe, she will present solo recitals with pianist Danielle Orlando. In concert, Angela will return to the Allentown Symphony Orchestra alongside her husband, tenor John Matthew Myers, for an evening of Opera Arias and Duets, Seattle Symphony for Beethoven’s Nineth Symphony, debut with the Sun Valley Summer Symphony in Verdi’s Requiem and with the Rotterdam Philharmonic under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin for performances of Mahler’s Eighth Symphony.

A Whirlwind summer of Verdi, Martinu, Mahler, Rossini, and more!

September 29th, 2016

Rossini Ermione MoscowA Whirlwind summer of Verdi, Martinu, Mahler, Rossini, and more! Angela Meade’s summer included a “power-house” (Washington Post) performance for the Washington Concert Opera 30th Anniversary Concert, a recital with Performance Santa Fe where Opera Today stated that “When we listen to Meade, we begin to know the sound of golden age singing”, Martinu’s The Epic of Gilgamesh with the Grant Park Music Festival where it was said that her “plush dramatic soprano was made to order for the courtesan’s seductive solo” (Chicago Tribune), Mahler’s 8th Symphony with the NHK Symphony, Rossini’s Ermione with the Russian National Orchestra, and a debut with Madrid’s Teatro Real as Lucrezia Contarini  in Verdi’s I Due Foscari where it was said that “Her voice is especially well suited to the character, with sufficient amplitude and a beautiful timbre.” (Seen and Heard International).

Angela returns to Madrid this fall to bring her acclaimed interpretation of Bellini’s Norma to Teatro Real, then joins Alberto Zedda to make her debuts at the Opéra de Lyon and Théâtre des Champs-Élysées as the title role in Rossini’s Ermione, and Seville will see her debut in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena with the Teatro de la Maestranza.

Acclaim for Parisina d’Este with the Opera Orchestra of New York

May 6th, 2016

Parisina 1Angela Meade offered a “glittering performance” (New York Times) in the title role of Donizetti’s Parisina d’Este with the Opera Orchestra of New York presented at the Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center under the baton of Eve Queler.

In its review of her performance the New York Times stated “The final act contains some stunningly dark and desperate music, with a funerary chorus, ominous drums and a bravura aria for Parisina, “Ugo è spento,” in which she veers between shocked grief and vindictive rage. Ms. Meade’s plush soprano, with a silvery glint that sharpens when she sings forte, eloquently expressed her character’s volatility and pain. The leaps, runs and ornaments of this role, which presses at the extremes of a soprano’s register, held no terrors for her.” New York Times

Photo © Rebecca Fay Photography

Debut recording with Opera Rara

February 26th, 2016

 

Le Duc D'Albe

 

Angela Meade is excited to announce the February 26, 2016 release of her debut recording with Opera Rara! She and Michael Spyres are a vocal match made in heaven (Presto Classical) and she dispatches her sizzling arias with magnificent power and assurance (The Times UK). This Donizetti rarity is a thrilling masterpiece, conducted brilliantly by Sir Mark Elder.

Head to OPERA RARA to purchase your copy today! Listen below for a sneak peak.

 

Trovatore at the Metropolitan Opera

February 7th, 2016

 

IL TROVATORE

Photo Courtesy of The Metropolitan Opera: Marty Sohl

Angela Meade returns to the Metropolitan Opera in one of her signature roles, Leonora in Il Trovatore, through February 13th.

“One of the primary reasons to see Il Trovatore before the end of the month is to get a glimpse of the female lead—Angela Meade. Arguably the best young American soprano. This role provides her with an excellent opportunity to show her abilities–including the wonderful color of her voice and an outstanding high register. Meade’s talent alone should bring you into the opera house to see Il Trovatore.” NY Sports Day.

Performances of David McVicar’s production continue on February 9th & 13th under the baton of Marco Armiliato. Find tickets to Il Trovatore and more information here.

Fireworks on New Year’s Eve!

January 13th, 2016

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Angela Meade rang in the New Year with a “masterful evening of operatic works (that) brought the audience to their feet on multiple occasions” (Philadelphia Magazine) with Yannick Nezet-Seguin and the Philadelphia Orchestra. “If you heard some vocal fireworks before midnight on New Year’s Eve, it was Angela Meade at Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall. The remarkable soprano was in absolute breathtaking form as she returned to the ensemble for her first ever December 31st gala.”

Acclaim for Norma at Los Angeles Opera

November 25th, 2015

norma-crop-u9224Angela Meade “made a formidable Norma” (Orange County Register) at Los Angeles Opera’s opening night performance of the Bellini tragedy on November 21. “A sturdy, powerful soprano with exacting control, Angela Meade offers a textbook example of how to handle every nuance of Bellini’s exquisite melodic writing for his title character,” praised the Los Angeles Times, continuing in a description of Angela’s performances opposite castmate Jamie Barton’s Adalgisa that “the Meade-Barton amalgam is a sound so stunning that in the audience Saturday there were laughs of pure pleasure.” “She’s got a big, lyric voice that can rise above fortissimo climaxes, yet remains nimble and supple enough for the graceful singing and pianissimo point required in bel canto,” said the Orange County Register.

Performances of Anne Bogart’s production continue on November 29 as well as December 2, 5, 10, and 13, under the baton of James Conlon. Find tickets to Norma and more information here.