From: Centralia, Washington. LA Opera: Donna Anna in Don Giovanni (2012, debut); title role of Norma (2015); Queen Elizabeth in Roberto Devereux (2020); title role in Turandot (2024).
Photo: Faye Fox
American soprano Angela Meade is the winner of both 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 fast 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.
The 2019/20 season sees Ms. Meade returning to Europe for the title roles in Rossini’s Ermione and Bellini’s Norma at Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Italy. This season also includes performances as Imogene in Bellini’s Il Pirata at Teatro Massimo di Palermo in Italy, the title role of Verdi’s Aida at Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona and the title role of Anna Bolena in Bilbao.
The 2018/19 season began with Ms. Meade joining forces with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Orchestre Métropolitain for Verdi’s Requiem. The season also included a role debut as Margherita in the Robert Carsen production of Boito’s Mefistofele at the Metropolitan Opera, a company debut with Seattle Opera as Leonora in Verdi’s Il Trovatore, and a return to the Dallas Opera as Alice Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff. Internationally, Ms. Meade returned to Spain in the title role of Rossini’s Semiramide in Bilbao and revived her portrayal of Leonora in Verdi’s Il Trovatore at Teatro de la Maestranza de Sevilla as well as to the Palacio de la Opera in A Coruña, Spain and the Sinfónica de Galicia for a concert of operatic highlights, a recital and masterclass with Vancouver’s The Singer Behind the Song series and a return to Verdi’s Requiem in Dublin with the RTÉ National Symphony conducted by Michele Mariotti. Ms. Meade ended the season with a gala concert in her debut at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Italy.
Since her momentous Met debut, Ms. Meade’s numerous returns to the storied New York house include starring in the title roles of Norma and Sir David McVicar’s new Anna Bolena; as Leonora in Il Trovatore; as Alice Ford in a new Falstaff under James Levine, seen around the world in the Met’s Live in HD series and released on DVD by Decca Classics; and as Mozart’s Countess in The Marriage of Figaro. She also reprised Verdi’s Elvira in Ernani in a production seen both in the Met’s Live in HD series and as a Great Performances at the Met presentation on PBS.
Learn more at AngelaMeade.com.