Angela BrownOur Lincoln welcomes Metropolitan Opera star Angela Brown, whose selections will include a “Prayer” from the opera Margaret Garner by Richard Danielpour.
“At last an Aida.”
Anne Midgette, The New York Times
“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.”
-Mike Silverman, Associated Press
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.
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 this season include Indianapolis Symphony’s opening gala; Aida in Bilbao, Spain; Tosca for Florida Grand Opera; recitals for Dayton Opera; 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.
Next season, Miss Brown sings Aida for Cape Town Opera in South Africa, Aida for the Latvian National Symphony in Riga, and Verdi Requiem 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 and summer of 2009 hold performances of Un Ballo in Maschera for National Opera of Paris, where she made her debut in summer 2007, and Elisabetta in Don Carlo for Cincinnati Opera.