Norma at Los Angeles Opera

October 23rd, 2015

Norma2p-1Angela Meade brings her “astounding” (New Yorker) portrayal of Bellini’s Norma to the Los Angeles Opera, opening November 21. She sings opposite the Adalgisa of Jamie Barton and Russell Thomas as Pollione, telling the story of a love affair that brings two mortal enemies together during a time of war. “Angela Meade and Jamie Barton [in Norma]… are a duo that every opera lover should hear,” wrote the New York Times of a previous performance.

James Conlon conducts Anne Bogart’s production, which opens on November 21 with repeat performances on November 29 as well as December 2, 5, 10, and 13. Find tickets and more information here.

Photo © Scott Suchman / Washington National Opera

Out Now! Own Angela’s Met Opera Falstaff Performance on DVD

October 9th, 2015

Angela’s “plush-voiced, wise” (New York Times) portrayal of Alice Ford in Verdi’s comic opera Falstaff is now available to own on DVD and BluRay. 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 the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD series. The Decca Classics release features a cast that also includes Stephanie Blythe as Mistress Quickly, Lisette Oropesa as Nannetta, Jennifer Johnson Cano as Meg, and Franco Vassallo as Ford. 

Purchase Falstaff on DVD and BluRay today from the Met Opera Shop.

Photo © Jonathan Tichler / Metropolitan Opera

Angela Meade Steps in for St. Louis Symphony Debut

October 8th, 2015

Powell_Auditorium_credit_Dan_DreyfusStepping in at the last minute and reuniting with conductor Markus Stenz, Angela Meade makes her St. Louis Symphony debut on Friday, October 9 as soprano soloist in Beethoven’s monumental Symphony No. 9. Joining Angela for the triumphant “Ode to Joy” are mezzo-soprano Theodora Hanslowe, tenor Thomas Cooley, and bass-baritone Eric Owens, as well as the St. Louis Symphony Chorus under the direction of Amy Kaiser. Repeat performances of the program, which also includes Wagner’s Parsifal, take place on Saturday, October 10 and Sunday, October 11.

Tickets and more information about these concerts in St. Louis’s Powell Symphony Hall can be found here.

Scenes from Don Giovanni with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra 

October 1st, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-10-01 at 12.06.47 PMOctober 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 Met Opera Falstaff Performance Coming on DVD

September 18th, 2015

Photo © Landon Nordeman

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.

Pre-order Falstaff on DVD and BluRay from the Met Opera Shop.

Looking Ahead to the 2015-16 Season

September 11th, 2015

Banner 2As 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 Palacia de la Opera in A Coruña. 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.

Explore Angela’s complete 2015-16 schedule here.

Angela Meade Steps in as Leonora in Palacio de la Opera’s Il Trovatore

August 28th, 2015


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.

Tickets and more information can be found here.

Angela hailed for bringing her “glisteningly light and agile” sound to BBC Proms

August 13th, 2015

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.

BBC Proms debut this Sunday

July 31st, 2015

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.

Angela’s summer season filled with Rossini, Donizetti, and BBC Proms debut

May 28th, 2015

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.