"At last an Aida," wrote The New York Times on the occasion of Angela Brown's 2004 Metropolitan Opera debut, calling the night "a major event." The Associated Press recognized her performance by saying: "At this still-early stage of her career, she combines a potent, dusky lower register with a striking ability to spin out soft high notes of shimmering beauty. There's no doubt her voice is powerful enough for Verdi; she sailed loud and clear above even the massed choruses that crowd the Met stage during the Triumphal Scene in Act II." Miss Brown brandishes pure vocal power and finesse and has won the acclaim of critics and audiences. Not only does she excel as Aida, but also as Amelia, Tosca, Elisabetta, Leonora and Ariadne. She has been heralded as the ideal American dramatic soprano: sheer vocal power; luxurious finesse; shimmering, high pianissimos; and a charming personality larger than life.
This season, Miss Brown sings Aida for Cape Town Opera in South Africa, as well as for the Latvian National Symphony in Riga, and Verdi Requiem at Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Spain. She celebrates Christmas with the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in Alabama and the Southwest Michigan Symphony. In early 2009, she sings Aida at Deutsche Oper Berlin and follows that with performances of Leonora in Il Trovatore for The Atlanta Opera. Spring holds performances at Carnegie Hall for HONOR! Festival, and Un Ballo in Maschera for National Opera of Paris. In the summer she sings Elisabetta in Don Carlo for Cincinnati Opera.
A noted interpreter of African-American spirituals, Miss Brown produced Mosaic, a collaborative recording featuring spirituals with guitar and piano, in October 2004 that is available from Albany Records. A live Christmas concert with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and Indianapolis Opera Chorus was recorded by WFYI-PBS in 2005 and airs on PBS television stations throughout the United States each Christmas season.
Miss Brown returned to the Metropolitan Opera to sing the 2007 season premiere and fall performances of Aida and the 2008 spring performances of Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera. Other engagements last season included Indianapolis Symphony’s opening gala; Aida in Bilbao, Spain; Tosca for Florida Grand Opera; recitals for Dayton Opera; Wartburg College and Highland Park Methodist Church in Dallas. In May 2008 she made her first appearance in the role of Leonora in a concert version of La Forza del Destino with James Conlon for the Cincinnati May Festival. This past summer she sang Verdi Requiem for the National Symphony of Spain in Madrid and sacred concerts at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Auckland, New Zealand. She was chosen by The Library of Congress as the featured soloist for the National Celebration of the Bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln in February and by the NAACP as the featured performer for their annual national conference in July. Summer 2007 also marked her Paris Opera debut as Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera. Other performances in the 2006-2007 season included Aida for Florida Grand Opera and the title role in Porgy and Bess for Opera Pacific and Opera Company of Philadelphia.
In 2005, Miss Brown created the role of Cilla for the world premiere of Margaret Garner, a new opera by Richard Danielpour and Toni Morrison. She performed this role for all three commissioning companies: Michigan Opera Theatre, Cincinnati Opera and Opera Company of Philadelphia. The 2003-2004 season encompassed four highly successful and critically acclaimed role debuts as Ariadne, Elisabetta (Don Carlo) and Leonora (Il Trovatore) for Opera Company of Philadelphia and Cassandra in Taneyev’s Agamemnon for her Carnegie Hall debut.
A 1997 National Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions Winner, Ms. Brown has performed with Cincinnati Opera, Indianapolis Opera and Michigan Opera Theatre. She has sung the Verdi Requiem with the Tulsa Philharmonic and Long Island Philharmonic, Strauss's Four Last Songs with the El Paso Symphony, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the Chautauqua Festival and the Roanoke Symphony. Other solo appearances include Bilbao Opera, Spain; Teatro La Fenice; Opera Pacific; Florentine Opera; Indianapolis Opera; Dayton Opera; The Philadelphia Orchestra; Auckland Philharmonia; Latvian National Symphony; Festival of St. Denis, France; Indianapolis Symphony; Cincinnati Pops; Brevard Festival Orchestra; Knoxville Symphony; Chautauqua Institution; the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia and the John F. Kennedy Center's 25th Anniversary Celebration in Washington, D.C. Miss Brown has performed in recital throughout the United States, Canada, New Zealand and Africa.
Ms. Brown received her Bachelor of Music degree in voice from Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama, where she studied with Ginger Beazley. She also attended the School of Music at Indiana University as a student in the studio of Virginia Zeani.
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