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2015 starts in style for Angela Meade

January 7th, 2015

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.

This Week, Angela Meade headlines William Tell North American tour with Turin’s Teatro Regio

December 3rd, 2014

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 Lucrezia Borgia from Caramoor airs nationally November 8

November 5th, 2014

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.

Angela graces the cover of November’s Opera News

October 9th, 2014

Angela is on the cover of the 13th annual “Diva” issue of Opera News – on sale now – and is the youngest singer ever selected for a “Diva” issue cover. Each year, this special edition of the magazine documents the most noteworthy prima donnas; great singers who have topped the list in previous seasons include Maria Callas, Kiri Te Kanawa, and Anna Netrebko. In the November issue, the honors are Angela’s, and a feature-length cover story by Fred Cohn profiles her burgeoning career. As she explains: “I am so honored to be featured on the cover of Opera News’s iconic ‘Diva’ issue. I’ve been an avid reader of the magazine since I started singing in college and it’s a huge honor to be on the same cover as the legendary singers I look up to!” Click here to read the Opera News cover story on Angela.

Angela Meade Takes Manhattan, with NY Phil Debut, Carnegie Concerts, Met Ernani, George London Recital, and Richard Tucker Gala in 2014-15

September 22nd, 2014

Angela Meade – the face of Opera News’s forthcoming annual “Diva” issue – dominates the New York cultural scene this season. In concert, the American soprano makes her New York Philharmonic debut under Alan Gilbert’s direction in Verdi’s Requiem (Jan 15-17), and gives two performances at Carnegie Hall, first joining the Philadelphia Orchestra for Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony (Oct 31), and then starring in Rossini’s William Tell with Italy’s Teatro Regio di Torino led by Gianandrea Noseda (Dec 7), in the penultimate stop on their North American tour. With James Levine on the podium, she sings opposite Plácido Domingo in Verdi’s Ernani at the Metropolitan Opera, reprising Elvira, the role in which she made her career-launching professional debut on the same stage (March 20-April 11). The laureate of no fewer than 57 vocal competitions, she also revisits three of her most prestigious wins this season, partnering fellow George London Award-winner Nicholas Pallesen for a George London Recital at the Morgan Library (Jan 11); joining fellow Tucker Award-winners as well as Anna Netrebko, Joseph Calleja, and other operatic luminaries for the annual Richard Tucker Gala at Avery Fisher Hall (Oct 12); and hosting the Met’s National Council Auditions Grand Finals Concert (Mar 22), in which her own triumph was chronicled in the PBS-TV documentary The Audition. Beyond Manhattan, Meade is scheduled to sing in Beethoven’s “Choral” Symphony under the leadership of Donald Runnicles with the Atlanta Symphony (Oct 2-5), and, celebrating the eminent Scottish conductor’s 60th birthday, on a tour of his homeland with the BBC Scottish Symphony (Nov 13-16). Finally, following her summer success in the title role of Lucrezia Borgia at the Caramoor Festival, she looks forward to singing another Donizetti opera: the role of Hélène d’Egmont in a recording of Le duc d’Albe for the Opera Rara label (June).

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Angela Meade’s summer includes star turns across the U.S., plus the Edinburgh Festival in Graham Vick’s William Tell

June 3rd, 2014

Angela Meade – fresh from Metropolitan Opera triumphs as Bellini’s Norma and as Alice Ford in Falstaff – has a busy summer ahead. The soprano will perform at festivals across the U.S. from June through August. She launches her summer season as soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Baltimore Symphony under Marin Alsop (June 5-8) before taking on the title role of Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia in her return to the Caramoor International Music Festival (July 12, 18). The Washington State native also headlines two festivals in Oregon: she sings Violetta in Verdi’s La traviata for the gala opening concert of the Astoria Music Festival (June 14), and the title role of Bellini’s Norma for Portland’s SummerFest (Aug 8). Last month Meade appeared for the first time in Italy, with her role debut as Mathilde in a new production of Rossini’s Guglielmo Tell by esteemed director Graham Vick at the Teatro Regio di Torino. Hailed by the Financial Times as “a major achievement” and “musically … a treat”, Torino’s Guglielmo Tell travels with Meade and the rest of the cast for concert performances under conductor Gianandrea Noseda at Italy’s Stresa Music Festival (Aug 22) and the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland (Aug 25).  A U.S. tour will follow in December with stops in Chicago, Toronto, Ann Arbor and New York’s Carnegie Hall.

Angela is Mathilde in Rossini’s William Tell this May

April 24th, 2014

For her first appearances as the Austrian princess Mathilde in Rossini’s William Tell, Angela joins a strong cast, including Dalibor Jenis and John Osborn, in a new production of the rarely heard opera from renowned English director Graham Vick, CBE, at the Teatro Regio di Torino. Principal Conductor Gianandrea Noseda leads the orchestra (May 7, 11 & 18). Next season, Angela and the cast will reunite to reprise their roles at New York’s Carnegie Hall (Dec 7), during the Teatro Regio di Torino’s upcoming U.S. Tour.

This European debut follows on the heels of Meade’s “enormous success” (New York Times) in New York, where she recently headlined Bellini’s Norma and showed off her comic chops in Verdi’s Falstaff, both at the Metropolitan Opera, with the latter seen worldwide in the Met’s Live in HD series. She also graced a “dream team of opera singers” (New York Times) at a special Richard Tucker Centennial Gala, broadcast Live from Lincoln Center on PBS-TV.

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Angela to make Oper Frankfurt debut in concert performances of Puccini’s Edgar this February

January 23rd, 2014

Following a triumphant return to the Metropolitan Opera this fall in Bellini’s Norma and Verdi’s Falstaff, the “next great Verdian soprano” (Baltimore Sun) crosses the Atlantic for her debut at Germany’s Oper Frankfurt next month (Feb 16 & 18). Angela brings the role of Fidelia to life in a concert version of Puccini’s Edgar at the famed opera house, opposite fellow Beverly Sills Award winner and Academy of Vocal Arts alum Bryan Hymel.  Marc Soustrot conducts the rarely heard early Puccini work.

Later in the month, the soprano travels to the sunshine state for performances of Verdi’s Requiem with the Jacksonville Symphony and Chorus (Feb 27 & 28). Click here for a full list of upcoming appearances.

Angela Meade to give intimate performance for Classical Action: Performing Arts Against AIDS on Dec 12

November 22nd, 2013

Classical Action: Performing Arts Against AIDS continues its 2013-14 Michael Palm Series of benefit house concerts in New York City with an intimate performance by rising-star soprano Angela Meade on Thursday December 12. The event – held at the magnificent TriBeCa loft of Simon Yates and Kevin Roon – begins with wine and hors d’oeuvres at 6:30 p.m., with the concert starting at 7:30 p.m. Recipient of the Richard Tucker Award and the Beverly Sills Award, Angela has appeared regularly at the Metropolitan Opera since her professional debut in 2008. Last month she wowed critics and audiences in her first Met performances in the title role of Bellini’s Norma. She was paired in that production with fellow Met National Council Auditions winner Jamie Barton, causing “some old-school pandemonium in the house” (New Yorker critic Alex Ross), and moving the New York Times to proclaim “they are a duo that every opera lover should hear.” In December Meade will make her role debut as Alice Ford in a new-to-the-Met production of Falstaff, conducted by James Levine. Two days after her Classical Action recital, her performance in Falstaff will be beamed to movie theaters worldwide in the Met: Live in HD series. Tickets for her Classical Action benefit performance on December 12 can be purchased online at classicalaction.org or by calling 212-997-7717.

Angela performs first Met Norma this week

October 21st, 2013

This week, Angela launches the 2013-14 season with her first Met performances in the title role of Norma (Oct 24 & 28), having demonstrated “her nearly mind-blowing mastery of Bellini’s most challenging music” (Washington Times) in the same part earlier this year. For her company role debut, Meade will be joined by mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton and tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko in a production by veteran British director John Copley. Riccardo Frizza will conduct. Meade recently scored a resounding success in her first staged performances as Norma at Washington National Opera. The company honored her as “Artist of the Year,” and the reviews were glowing and heartfelt; Anne Midgette declared: “Of the four Normas I’ve heard live in the last ten years, Angela Meade is by far the best” (Washington Post). Click here for a full list of Angela’s performances this fall.