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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Angela Meade Makes Toronto Debut with Ontario Philharmonic

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ANGELA MEADE, soprano  

Marco Parisotto, Music Director

Angela Meade, January 29, 2013, 8 PM, Koerner Hall, Telus Centre for Performance and Learning or / $75 - $40

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“Meade is astounding … She has exceptional dynamic control, able to move from floating pianissimos to sudden dramatic swells.  The coloratura effects – rapid runs, trills, delicate turns, and so on – are handled with uncommon ease...” –The New Yorker


December 13, 2012

TORONTO, ONTARIO – In the third and final concert of the Ontario Philharmonic’s Great Soloists Series, the Ontario Philharmonic, led by Marco Parisotto, performs with the brilliant young American soprano, Angela Meade.  She is a major opera star in the making, touted as the next great Diva, who has already conquered the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and makes her Toronto debut at Koerner Hall with the Ontario Phil.  The concert features Richard Strauss’ Four Last Songs andBruckner’s Symphony No. 4, “Romantic”.

Critically acclaimed and adored by fans, Angela Meade is the winner of the 2011 Richard Tucker Award and the 2012 Beverly Sills Award from the Metropolitan Opera.  Her talent will be on full display this year in a variety of roles that have critics calling her “the next great Verdian soprano.”  She will perform in Il Trovatore with the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and Normawith the Washington National Opera. Some notable “firsts” during the 2012-13 season include debuts with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Aspen Music Festival, as well as her Toronto debut with the Ontario Phil. 

Critics have been showering praise on Meade, calling her “a dramatic coloratura at last” (Opera Today), and speculating that she may just be “the next great Verdian soprano” (Tim Smith, Baltimore Sun). She is developing a passionate following among lovers of bel canto repertoire, with the New York Post hailing her as “a brilliant new interpreter of Norma.” The New Yorker’s Alex Ross called her 2011 Anna Bolena at the Metropolitan Opera “electrifying, as pure a display of vocal power as I’ve heard at the Met in the past few years. In her final moments, issuing a tractor beam of Wagnerian tone with her arms flung out, she was no longer an impeccable bel canto student but a full-on diva.” In the August issue of Opera News, Meade was profiled as part of “Opera’s Next Wave”: “Audiences have hungered for a singer like Angela Meade for a long time. She’s a genuine soprano drammatico d’agilità … there’s no question that she has a voice to be reckoned with: it’s beautiful, it’s sizable, and it moves.”  

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