|American soprano, Angela Meade made her critically acclaimed professional operatic debut at the Metropolitan Opera in March of
2008, as Elvira in Verdi’s rarely heard Ernani. Ms. Meade joined an elite club that evening; as only a small handful of singers have
ever made an unscheduled professional debut in a leading role at the Met. Ronald Blum of the Associated Press wrote of Ms. Meade’s
debut ”she showed a vibrant voice with nice color and an assured technique and sang like an old pro from start to finish."
During her performances at the 2007 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, where she was named a Grand Winner, The New York Times hailed her as “an impressive soprano who powered out a ‘Casta Diva’ from Bellini’s Norma that left everyone breathless.” Ms. Meade was also the winner of the XVI International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition in 2007, where she also captured the renowned competition’s top prizes in Opera and Operetta, the first singer in the competitions long history to capture both first prizes, as well as the Prize of the Teatro alla Scala Milan and the Prize of the International Media-Jury. In 2008 Ms. Meade was also the First Place Winner in the second annual Jose Iturbi Foundation Competition.
A recent graduate of Philadelphia’s Academy of Vocal Arts, the native of Washington state has remained busy collecting top prizes from major competitions. Her prizes include First Place and Audience Choice at the Concours Musical International de Montreal which includes a recording contract with the Analekta label, as well as First Place from the Gerda Lissner Foundation, the George London Foundation, the William Matheus Sullivan Foundation, the Eleanor Lieber Awards, the Marguerite McCammon Competition, the Palm Springs Opera Guild Competition, the Giargiari Bel Canto Competition, the Violetta DuPont Opera at Florham Competition, the James Parkinson Foundation the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, and the Liederkranz Foundation. Ms. Meade’s long list of awards and honors also includes Second Place from the Loren L. Zachary Society, the National Opera Association, Opera Index, and the Fritz & Lavinia Jensen Foundation. She has also been an International Grand Finalist in the World Voice Masters Competition in Monaco, and Young Artist of the Year in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (Los Angeles) Competition.
In addition to Ms. Meade’s critically acclaimed performance of Elvira in Verdi’s Ernani she has also received glowing reviews for her portrayals of the title role in Rossini's Semiramide, Donizetti’s Anna Bolena, the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor and as Elisabetta in Roberto Devereux as well as Agathe in Der Freischütz, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Leonora in La forza del destino, the title role in Handel’s Agrippina, Die Königin der Nacht in Die Zauberflöte, and Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus. She has been a soloist in Rossini’s Stabat Mater at the Academy of Vocal Arts and has also in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 both with the Monmouth Civic Chorus as well as with the Pasadena Symphony. She has also appeared as soloist in Verdi’s Requiem and Handel’s Messiah with the Pacific Lutheran University Symphony, and in Vivaldi’s Gloria with the Santa Monica Chamber Orchestra.
Upcoming engagements include her debut at the Bard Music Festival. She will cover the role of Konstanze at the San Francisco Opera this fall and will return to the Metropolitan Opera as Contessa Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro as well as covering Renee Fleming in all the performances in the title role of Rossini's Armida.
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