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Angela Brown

  • Soprano

Biography

This season, Angela Brown 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.