Soprano Angela Meade is the winner of the 2011 Richard Tucker Award and the 2012 Beverly Sills Artist Award from the Metropolitan Opera. Less than four years after her professional debut, she has quickly become recognized as one of the outstanding vocalists of her generation. The New York Times said of Ms. Meade, “Norma counsels peace in “Casta Diva,” and Ms. Meade sang it beautifully, filling the long-spun lines with rich, unforced sound, shaping the phrases with bittersweet poignancy, gracing the melody with tasteful embellishments and lifting her voice to majestic highs.” Angela Meade excels in the most demanding heroines of the nineteenth century bel canto repertoire as well as in the operas of Verdi and Mozart.
Angela Meade joined an elite group of history’s singers when she made her professional operatic debut on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera as Verdi’s Elvira in Ernani substituting for an ill colleague in March 2008. Ronald Blum of the Associated Press wrote of the debut, “she showed a vibrant voice with nice color and an assured technique and sang like an old pro from start to finish.” She had previously sung on the Met stage as one of the winners of the 2007 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, a process that is documented in the film The Audition recently released on DVD by Decca. The New York Times noted Angela Meade as “an impressive soprano who powered out a ‘Casta diva’ from Bellini’s Norma that left everyone breathless.
In the 2011/12 season, Angela Meade will return to the Metropolitan Opera in the title role of David McVicar’s new production of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena, conducted by Marco Armiliato. She will also return to the Metropolitan Opera to the role of her professional debut in a reprise of Verdi’s Ernani as Elvira, opposite Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Ferruccio Furlanetto, also conducted by Marco Armiliato. This production will be seen live in HD around the world. Ms. Meade will make her debut with the Deutsche Oper Berlin, singing Lucrezia in a concert version of Verdi’s I Due Foscari opposite Ramón Vargas andLeo Nucci. She will also make her Canadian debut with the Orchestre Metropolitain, singing the Zemilinsky Lyric Symphony, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
A busy 2010/11 season for Angela Meade included her European operatic debut at the Wexford Festival in the title role of Mercadante’s rarely seen Virginia. She also returned to the Metropolitan Opera to cover the title role in Rossini’s Armida. In the concert world, Angela Meade made her debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony in Verdi’s Requiem conducted by Manfred Honeck; she also sang this same work for debuts with the Houston Symphony under Thomas Dausgaard and at the Palm Beach Opera and the Baltimore Symphony under Marin Alsop. Ms. Meade also performed the Mendelssohn Lobgesang at the San Antonio Symphony under Sebastian Lang-Lessing and her first performances of Donna Anna in a concert version of Don Giovanni with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra under Roberto Abbado. Other highlights included the Dvořák Stabat Mater with the New York Choral Society at Carnegie Hall, the Brahms Requiem with the Choralis Foundation at Strathmore Hall and recitals with the Sarasota Artists Series where she collaborated with Danielle Orlando.
In the spring and summer of 2011, Angela Meade opened the Tanglewood Festival, performing the title role in the first act of Bellini’s Norma, conducted by Charles Dutoit. She was featured in the Metropolitan Opera Parks concerts in New York City and traveled to Oper Kiel to be featured in their Festival concerts. She performed Mahler’s Second Symphony under Gerard Schwarz at the Seattle Symphony, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Minnesota Orchestra under Osmo Vänskä and Verdi’s Requiem at the Baltimore Symphony, conducted by Marin Alsop.
Angela Meade’s 2009/10 season included a return to the Metropolitan Opera as Mozart’s Countess in Jonathan Miller’s production of Le Nozze di Figaro under the baton of Fabio Luisi. Ms. Meade was also at the San Francisco Opera covering Konstanze in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail. Angela Meade’s summer was highlighted by a return to The Caramoor Festival to perform the iconic title role in Bellini’s Norma conducted by Will Crutchfield. Ms. Meade added to her repertoire three of Donizetti’s greatest roles, Elisabetta in Roberto Devereux at the Dallas Opera and the title roles of Anna Bolena and Lucia di Lammermoor at Academy of Vocal Arts. She also triumphed in the title role of Rossini’s challenging Semiramide at the Caramoor Festival.
Past operatic credits include Agathe in Der Freischütz, the title role in Handel’s Agrippina, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Mme. Herz in Der Schauspieldirektor, The Queen of the Night and First Lady in Die Zauberflöte, and Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus. On the concert stage, Angela Meade has sung Strauss’ Vier letzte Lieder, Poulenc’s Gloria, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Handel’s Messiah and Vivaldi’s Gloria.
Angela Meade has triumphed in an astounding number of vocal competitions, fifty-three in all including many of the opera world’s most important prizes. In addition to being a winner at the 2007 Met National Council Auditions, she was the first singer ever to take first prize in both the opera and operetta categories of Vienna’s prestigious Belvedere Competition as well as the International Press Prize and the La Scala Prize chosen by its artistic administrator. Angela Meade also garnered the largest cash prize in the world of opera, the $50,000.00 first prize of the Jose Iturbi Competition. She also triumphed at the Concours Musical International de Montreal in 2008 winning the grand prize, audience choice and a recording contract from Analekta. She is also a first prize winner of The Richard Tucker Foundation Competition, The Gerda Lissner Competition, The Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation Competition, The George London Competition, The Liederkranz Foundation Competition, the National Opera Association Competition, the Opera Index Competition, the Marguerite McCammon Competition, the Giargiari Bel Canto Competition and the Eleanor Lieber Awards. Ms. Meade’s long list of awards and honors also includes second place at the Loren L. Zachary Competition and the Fritz & Lavinia Jensen Foundation Competition, 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 of Los Angeles Competition. Also a winner of the Astral Artists’ 2007 National Auditions, Astral presented her at Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center in Strauss’ Four Last Songs, with Symphony in C, conducted by Philadelphia Orchestra Associate Conductor Rossen Milanov. She is a native of Washington State and currently resides in New York.