Angel Blue

My main goal is to just have a good time doing something that I love. I enjoy performing and I always have to remember that before anything else.
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by Bianca L. Nica
May 14, 2020
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No.2/2020

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INTRODUCTION

She is such an inspiration for the young singers, helping and supporting them in every way she can. Her voice gathers people from all over the world to come and enjoy her performances. And yes, we are talking about the one and only, soprano Angel Blue. In a conversation with Bianca L. Nica, Angel talks about her repertoire and the fach system, her main goal as an artist, her activities during the pandemic and also her opinion regarding the steps a young singer should follow in order to succeed in this career. How did it all started for her? Who is Angel behind the curtains? Keep reading to find out!

BIOGRAPHY

Angel Blue was raised in California and completed her musical studies at UCLA. She was a member of the Young Artists Program at the Los Angeles Opera, after which she moved to Europe to begin her international career at the Palau de les Arts in Valencia, Spain in 2009 and at the Verbier Festival in 2010. She subsequently appeared at the Theater an der Wien in The Rape of Lucretia (female chorus) and as Giulietta in Les Contes d’Hoffmann in a production created by Oscar-award-winning director William Friedkin. Blue also debuted in Frankfurt as the 3rd Norn in Götterdämmerung and returned to the United States as Clara in Porgy and Bess at the Seattle Opera in 2011. She also appeared as Micaela in Carmen with the Israeli Philharmonic and in Verdi’s Requiem with the Cincinnati Symphony under the late Raphael Frubeck de Burgos. Puccini’s La Boheme has played an especially prominent role in the development of Angel Blue’s career. She made her United States operatic debut as Musetta at the Los Angeles Opera in 2007 while a member of the company’s Young Artist Program and subsequently made her debut at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan in the same role. As Mimì, she has won special international acclaim. Ms. Blue first sang the role at the English National Opera in London in 2014 and has since sung Mimi for her debuts at the Palau de Les Arts in Valencia in 2015, at the Vienna State Opera in 2016, and with the Canadian Opera Company in 2019. Mimi was also the role of her Metropolitan Opera debut in 2017. In Germany, she has already been heard as Mimi at the Semperoper Dresden. Other recent operatic engagements include her debuts as Liu in Turandot at the San Diego Opera in 2018, as Marguerite in Faust at the Portland Opera in 2018 and as Bess in Porgy and Bess in Seattle in the same year. She debuted in Baden Baden as Elena in Mefistofele in 2016 and sang her first Violetta in La Traviata at the Seattle Opera in 2017, a role she also sang in the 2018/19 season for her debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, as well as for her return to the Teatro alla Scala. In the 2019/2020 season, Ms. Blue made her debut at the Hamburg State Opera as Mimì. She also became the first African-American to receive the Beverly Sills Award from the Metropolitan Opera in 2020.

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INTERVIEW

Angel, thank you very much for being on the cover of OPERA Charm Magazine’s 2nd number! Ever since our Instagram Live Interview, I’ve been amazed by your kindness and humbleness. You are absolutely Charming!  Thank you very much! Also, we all know that over these over two months of quarantine you’ve been one of the […]

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