October 1 through 4, Angela Meade brings her portrayal of Mozart’s Donna Anna to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in a concert performance of scenes from Don Giovanni, the comedic opera based on the legends of fictinal libertine Don Juan. She joins a cast that includes Morgan Smith in the title role and Jennifer Black as Donna Elvira under the baton of Principal Guest Conductor Markus Stenz.
Wrote the Cincinnati Enquirer of a previous performance in the role, “The most memorable debut was made by Angela Meade, who as Donna Anna conveyed a range from grief to anguish while soaring radiantly through the most demanding arias…Her sound was truly remarkable.”
The October 1 and 4 performances of scenes from Don Giovanni headline an all-Mozart program that also features the composer’s Symphony No. 1 and Sinfonia Concertante. Find tickets and more information here. The October 2 and 3 concerts take place as part of the symphony’s Off the Cuff series. Tickets and more information about these performances can be found here.
Angela’s “plush-voiced, wise” (New York Times) portrayal of Alice Ford in Verdi’s comic opera Falstaff will be available to own on DVD and BluRay October 9, thanks to Decca Classics and the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD series. “Her full lyric soprano darted and swooped, with trills and high C’s neatly in place,” wrote the New York Observer of Angela’s performance, alongside a cast that includes Stephanie Blythe as Mistress Quickly, Lisette Oropesa as Nannetta, Jennifer Johnson Cano as Meg, and Franco Vassallo as Ford. James Levine conducts Robert Carsen’s production in this performance, which was originally transmitted to movie theaters worldwide on December 14, 2015.
As part of a busy season, Angela Meade sings Leonora in Verdi’s Il Trovatore on both sides of the Atlantic: at the Metropolitan Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, and . She also revisits her celebrated portrayal of Bellini’s Norma at Los Angeles Opera and performs selections from Don Giovanni in the Baltimore Symphony’s “Off the Cuff” series. In concert, she returns to the Philadelphia Orchestra for performances of Mahler’s Eighth under Yannick Nézet-Séguin, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the symphony’s U.S. premiere, as well as to her alma mater, Pacific Lutheran University, for a Christmas concert that will be broadcast on PBS. To round out the season, To round out the season, Angela sings in Verdi’s Requiem on three continents, with the Boston Philharmonic, Brazil’s Fundação Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, and Bilbao’s ABAO. She presents a solo recital at the Palacio de la Opera in A Coruña, Spain.
This September 3 and 5, Angela Meade brings her acclaimed portrayal of Verdi’s heroine Leonora to A Coruña, Spain, starring in Il Trovatore at the Palacio de la Opera. Mario Ponteggi directs the new production which featuress a cast including Gregory Kunde as Manrico, Juan Jesús Rodríguez as Conte di Luna, and Marianne Cornetti as Azucena. Keri-Lynn Wilson conducts the drama, accompanied by the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia.
Angela’s BBC Proms debut at London’s Royal Albert Hall was received with acclaim from audiences and critics alike. In its review of her performance of Verdi’s Requiem The Guardian stated, “Of the four soloists, exceptional were the succulent-toned Angela Meade and her grandly rhetorical mezzo colleague, Karen Cargill: their immaculately co-ordinated duetting provided some of the highlights of the interpretation as a whole,” while Music OMH said, “soprano Angela Meade also impressed…her voice proved to be measured and versatile, with a brilliantly demonstrated ability to tackle the opposites of terror and sweetness in the Libera me, and to make the perfect partnership with Karen Cargill’s voice in the Recordare and Agnus Dei.”
Listen to the performance that features Angela’s “shimmering vibrato” (Bachtrack) on BBC Radio 3.
This Sunday, Angela brings her highly acclaimed performance of Verdi’s Requiem to London’s 2015 BBC Proms. In its review of her performance of Verdi’s iconic work with the New York Philharmonic and Alan Gilbert, the New York Times exclaimed that “Ms. Meade’s voice soared commandingly over the orchestra and chorus – an operatic feat, undoubtedly, and a magnificent one.” Led by Donald Runnicles, Angela joins mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill, tenor Yosep Kang, bass Raymond Acetro, the Concert Association of the Chorus of Deutsche Oper Berlin and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra on stage at Royal Albert Hall.
For those who are unable to make it to London, they can tune in to BBC Radio 3 for a live broadcast of the Proms at 8pm GMT. The Prom will also be repeated on Wednesday, August 5 at 2pm GMT.
After a busy spring season, Angela kicks off her summer next week in Spain performing the title role in Rossini’s Ermione at Palacio de la Opera (June 6). She will then step into the studio in London to record the role of Hélène d’Egmont in Donizetti’s rarely performed Le duc d’Albe. The recording will be distributed by Opera Rara, and will feature The Hallé Orchestra under the direction of Sir Mark Elder. In late June, Angela will return to the United States for a concert performance of Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda at the Astoria Music Festival (June 28) before traveling back across the pond to make her debut with the BBC Proms in Verdi’s Requiem (August 2). Her summer season will end with a concert of arias with Cameron Schutza, MaryAnn McCormick and Luis Ledesma titled “Grand and Glorious” at Portland SummerFest. For more information on all of Angela’s performances this summer – and through the fall – check out her schedule.
Angela launches 2015 with three high profile events this month. Next week, Angela makes her eagerly awaited debut with the New York Philharmonic under Alan Gilbert in three performances of Verdi’s Requiem at Avery Fisher Hall. Later in the month audiences have the opportunity to hear her star turn in the Richard Tucker Music Foundation’s annual gala concert on a Live From Lincoln Center broadcast, “Richard Tucker Opera Gala: A New Century,” which was taped last October and airs on PBS on Friday, January 23. This weekend Angela is performing in a more intimate New York setting at the Morgan Library where she shares the bill of a George London Recital at the Morgan Library with baritone Nicholas Pallesen, a fellow winner of the George London prize.
Tonight, following her triumphant European appearances in the same production, Angela launches a North American tour with Italy’s Teatro Regio di Torino and Gianandrea Noseda, headlining concert performances of William Tell in Chicago (Dec 3), Toronto (Dec 5), New York City’s Carnegie Hall (Sun, Dec 7), and Ann Arbor (Dec 9). The New York performance marks the soprano’s second engagement at the Stern Auditorium this season, and she continues to dominate the Manhattan cultural scene in the New Year. For her eagerly awaited New York Philharmonic debut, she joins the orchestra for three accounts of Verdi’s Requiem with Alan Gilbert at Avery Fisher Hall (Jan 15-17), and she also looks forward to revisiting one of her jaw-dropping 57 vocal competition wins, sharing the stage with fellow George London Award-winner Nicholas Pallesen for a George London Recital at the Morgan Library (Jan 11). As Opera News explained in its November cover story, when Meade became the youngest singer ever selected as the face of the magazine’s annual “Diva” issue, “Easily the most talked-about soprano of her generation, … Meade inhabits her stardom. … [She is] not just an extravagantly accomplished singer but a diva now thoroughly in her element.”
Angela’s performance in the title role of Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia from last summer’s Caramoor Festival will air on WQXR this Saturday at 12pm ET, and nationally through the WFMT Radio Network’s syndicated opera series. The New York Times hailed Angela’s “extraordinarily powerful and multifaceted soprano” and Opera News noted, “Angela Meade took the title role, giving as accomplished a performance as I’ve ever seen from her – which is saying quite a lot…This was the true work of a prima donna.” Click here for more info.