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Rising American mezzo-soprano, Angela Brower, was raised in Arizona and studied at Arizona State University and Indiana University. Her career started as a young artist singing at the Glimmerglass Opera Young American Artists Program in 2008. She was then invited to join the Opera Studio at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich where she later became a member of the Ensemble from 2010-2016. Her portrayal of Dorabella in Così fan tutte, earned her particular attention on the main stage of the Nationaltheater which led to her receiving the prestigious Munich Festival Prize in 2009.
The 17/18 season begins with Ms. Brower returning to Munich as Dorabella, before heading to Paris making her house debut as Annio in a new production of La Clemenza di Tito. She is also heard as Octavian in Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier and making her house- and role debut as Prince Orlowsky in Die Fledermaus, in a new production by Rolando Villazón at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. The young artist is closing the operatic season with singing the Komponist in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos at the Aix-en- Provence Festival. Angela Brower is also a sort-after concert singer: she gives concert performances of Janáček’s The cunning little Vixen with the BR Symphonieorchester in Munich, Luciano Berio’s Folk Songs in Prague, as well as solo recitals at Stanford University and the Cuvilliés-Theater in Munich.
Last season Angela Brower made house debut at the Royal Opera House as Dorabella in the new production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte under the direction of Semyon Bychkov. She then returned to Munich singing Cherubino opposite Diana Damrau’s Countess in Le nozze di Figaro. Ms. Brower then traveled to the States where she sang alongside star tenor Rolando Villazón with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in their annual Christmas Concert, then debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra as a soloist in Handel’s Messiah, and finally returned home to Arizona where she gave a recital with renowned guitarist, Judicaël Perroy as a part of the Tucson Guitar Society Recital Series. Back in Munich, Ms. Brower sang anticipated performances as Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier at the Bavarian State Opera, under the direction of Kirill Petrenko. She then debuted the role of Elisabetta in Maria Stuarda in Klagenfurt and made her company debut at Glyndebourne singing Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos. Ms. Brower finished the last season singing her celebrated role of Nicklausse in the Richard Jones production of Les Contes d’Hoffmann at the Bavarian State Opera.
Notable roles for the Munich’s Bavarian State Opera have included both Annio and Sesto in La Clemenza di Tito, Der Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos, Angelina in La Cenerentola, Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel, most recently Charlotte in Werther, and Adalgisa in Norma. In 2013, Angela Brower made her San Francisco Opera debut as Nicklausse in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, and returned for the 14/15 season to sing Cherubino. Previous seasons have also seen Ms Brower in roles such as Octavian in Klagenfurt, and as Siebel in a new production of Faust directed by Barlett Sher at the Baden-Baden Festspielhaus.
On the concert stage, she has been performing works such as Alban Berg’s Sieben frühe Lieder with the Tiroler Symphonie Orchester in Innsbruck, and with the NDR, Chausson’s Poème de l’amour et de la mer op. 19, and Ravel’s Shéhérazade under the direction of Yal Pascal Tortilier.
Angela Brower made her first recording in 2013, appearing as Dorabella in a complete recording of Mozart’s Così fan tutte, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin which was released by Deutsche Grammophon the following year to much critical acclaim. Ms. Brower returned to Baden-Baden in the summer of 2015 to record again under the direction of Maestro Nézet-Séguin with Deutsche Grammophon, this time as Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro.
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