Life and career
Born in Centralia, Washington, Meade started her education at Centralia Community College before going on to earn a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice from Pacific Lutheran University and a Master of Music degree in Voice from the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California before pursuing further studies at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. She has won more than 50 vocal competitions, including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (2007) and the Grand Prize at the Montreal International Musical Competition (2009). In 2011 she was awarded the prestigious Richard Tucker Award and in 2012 she was the recipient of the Metropolitan Opera's Beverly Sills Artist Award.
Meade made her professional opera debut at the Met as Elvira in Giuseppe Verdi's Ernani in 2008, a role she recently repeated with the company in February 2012. At the Met she has also performed the roles of the Countess in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro (2009) and the title role in Anna Bolena (2011). Other highlights of her career include performances at the Caramoor International Music Festival in the title roles of Gioachino Rossini's Semiramide (2009) and Vincenzo Bellini's Norma (2010), Giuseppe Verdi's "Les vêpres siciliennes" (2013), Gaetano Donizetti's "Lucrezia Borgia" (2014) and performances of the title role in Saverio Mercadante's Virginia at the Wexford Festival Opera in 2010. In 2012 she is scheduled to make her debut at the Deutsche Oper Berlin as Lucrezia Contarini in Verdi's I due Foscari.
- Joe Dziemianowicz (February 2, 2012). "Beverly Sills award winner Angela Meade returns to sing ‘Ernani’ at the Metropolitan Opera". New York Daily News.
- "Soprano Angela Meade Receives Seventh Annual Beverly Sills Artist Award from The Metropolitan Opera". Opera News. 30 January 2012.
- "Angela Meade". www.operabase.com.
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