Angela M. Brown

Angela M. Brown

African American opera singer, soprano
Country: USA

Biography of Angela Brown

Angela Brown is an African-American opera singer, known for her soprano voice and portrayal of various heroines in the works of Verdi. She was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, to Freddie Mae Brown, an artist, and Walter Clyde Brown, who worked at Chrysler. Brown was raised in a strict Baptist household and began performing in local R&B groups and working on her vocal skills in school. It was her school vocal teacher who introduced her to classical arias and encouraged her to participate in local music competitions.

Angela M. Brown

After high school, Brown attended a local college while working as a dietitian. At the age of 20, she went through a religious transformation after the death of her younger brother and became a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. In 1986, Brown enrolled at Oakwood College, specializing in biblical studies and music. However, her passion for music soon took over, and she decided to pursue a career in opera.

Angela M. Brown

From 1992 to 1997, Brown studied music at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University under the legendary vocal teacher Virginia Zeani. In 1994, she auditioned for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and reached the regional finals but did not advance further. She tried two more times and finally won in 1997, which marked the beginning of her professional opera career.

Angela M. Brown

In 1997, Brown moved to New York City, where she landed several small roles with prominent opera companies. She regularly performed in local concerts and received positive reviews. In the 2000-2001 season, she appeared in the Symphonic Concert of San Antonio at Teatro La Fenice, playing Serena in "Porgy and Bess." She later took on leading roles in Verdi's "Aida" and Strauss's "Ariadne."

In the 2003-2004 season, Brown returned to Verdi, portraying Elizabeth in "Don Carlo" and Leonora in "Il Trovatore." That same year, she played Aida in Shaker Mountain Opera. In 2005, Brown's performance as Aida at the Metropolitan Opera received critical acclaim, with The New York Times featuring an article about her on the front page. "Opera News" also hailed her as one of the most promising contemporary sopranos.

Brown continued her success with debuts at the Paris National Opera as Amelia in Verdi's "Un ballo in maschera" in 2006 and at the Florida Grand Opera as Aida. In the 2008-2009 season, she performed with the Cape Town Opera in South Africa and the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra in Riga. She made her debut in Germany at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, singing the role of Aida.

Beyond her singing career, Brown is also involved in social causes. She is a representative of the United Negro College Fund and uses her powerful voice to raise awareness about opera among ethnic minorities and young people. Since 2002, she has been giving free concerts as part of the "Opera...from A Sistah's Point of View" project.

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