Hailed as “the most talked-about soprano of her generation” (Opera News), American soprano ANGELA MEADE is the winner of 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 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.
In the 2016/17 season, Angela Meade will join the Teatro Real in Madrid as Lucrezia in concert performances of Verdi’s I due Foscari, opposite Plácido Domingo and Michael Fabiano, conducted by Pablo Heras-Casado. She will return to Madrid later in the season to sing her signature role of Norma and also to the Met for Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, conducted by Plácido Domingo. In concert, she will return to the Los Angeles Philharmonic with Gustavo Dudamel for Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass; make her Japanese debut in Tokyo with the NHK Symphony in Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, conducted by Paavo Järvi; join the Met for their 50th Anniversary celebration concert; sing Verdi’s Requiem for her debut with Houston Grand Opera; perform Martinů’s The Epic of Gilgamesh with the Grant Park Music Festival, as well as Washington Concert Opera’s 30th Anniversary gala; and present a solo recital with Performance Santa Fe.
Since her momentous Met debut, Meade’s numerous returns to the storied New York house include starring as Alice Ford in a new Falstaff under James Levine, seen around the world in the Met’s Live in HD series and just released on DVD by Decca Classics. She also reprised Verdi’s Elvira in a production seen both in the Met’s Live in HD series and as a Great Performances presentation on PBS-TV.
A native of Washington State and an alumna of the Academy of Vocal Arts, Angela Meade has triumphed in an astounding number of vocal competitions. 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 the first singer to take first prize in both the opera and operetta categories of Vienna’s prestigious Belvedere Competition.