Opera Star Recital: A Dayton Opera 60th Anniversary Celebration

Schuster Center

3:00 pm Sunday, March 28, 2021

ANGEL BLUE soprano
CATHERINE MILLER pianist

Dayton Opera it thrilled to celebrate its 60th Anniversary with an Opera Star Recital featuring opera sensation Angel Blue. It is a special anniversary, indeed, as this year also marks 25 years with Artistic Director Thomas Bankston at the helm of Dayton Opera.

Acclaimed for the beauty of her voice and her stunning stage presence, Angel Blue is quickly rising to the top of her profession. Placido Domingo has described the versatile soprano as “the next Leontyne Price,” and critics speak enthusiastically of her shining, agile upper register and “smoky” middle register.

An opera star in high demand worldwide, Angel Blue has performed in over 35 countries in the last six years, including appearances with the Berlin Philharmonic, Israeli Philharmonic, Teatro alla Scala, Vienna Stadtsoper, Dresden Semperoper, London Philharmonic Orchestra, and San Francisco Opera. Ms. Blue made her Royal Albert Hall debut as a featured guest at the “Classic FM Live” concert in April 2015. She is a regular host/presenter for the BBC Proms and appears frequently on BBC television. Last season, she performed the lead role of Bess in the critically acclaimed production of the Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess at The Metropolitan Opera.

In addition to her opera roles, Angel Blue has performed everything from jazz to Strauss’s Four Last Songs, Mahler’s Symphony No 2, and Verdi’s Requiem, as well as concerts with Alfie Boe, Andrea Bocelli, and Grammy Award–winning “Hit-man” David Foster. The soprano is adept at “crossover” and has won acclaim for her Zarzuela. Her recent opera schedule includes both Mimi and Musetta at the Metropolitan Opera and an upcoming Violetta at the Royal Opera House, London.

Angel Blue travels the world in high demand, and Dayton has the great fortune of hearing her in the sonic splendor of our own Schuster Center this March. Her recital will showcase repertoire from composers including Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Richard Strauss, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Ruperto Chapi, Bruce Adolphe, and Jake Heggie, as well as from traditional African American spirituals.

Collaborating with Ms. Blue will be pianist Catherine Miller. Ms. Miller is a member of the music staff at San Diego Opera, the Musical Director for the Mentoris Vocal Competition, and an active recitalist with classical singers. Recent appearances with soprano Angel Blue have included recitals at the Ravinia Music Festival and for the Vocal Arts DC recital series at the Kennedy Center. Additionally, she has worked with Opera Santa Barbara, Los Angeles Opera, Opera Pacific, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Teatro Municipal in Santiago, Chile, and for the Spoleto Festival in Italy.

 

 

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