Angel Blue has performed to date in more than 35 countries and with companies including the Vienna State Opera, Semperoper Dresden, San Francisco Opera, Frankfurt Opera, the Aix-en-Provence Festival, La Scala (where she was the first black singer to portray Violetta), and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
Her most recent triumph was headlining the Metropolitan Opera’s 2019/20 season-opening Porgy and Bess, the promotion for which saw her image plastered all over buses, billboards and hoardings throughout New York. The Gershwins’ classic was beamed into cinemas all around the world where it was seen in Live in HD transmissions. So successful was the acclaimed production that extra performances were added – something without precedent in the Met’s modern history.
Porgy and Bess followed soon after Angel had reached a completely new audience thanks to her viral video for YouTube’s HiHi Kids in which she answered kids’ questions about her craft, while in the process debunking some of the outdated notions about how opera divas behave.
Sharing her love of singing comes naturally to Angel who grew up in a musical family with a father who was an accomplished gospel singer and preacher, and a mother who played piano and violin. Determined to succeed, she discovered a unique means of funding her musical training at UCLA by participating in beauty pageants. Along the way she collected the Miss Hollywood crown, became the first African American to hold the title of Miss Apple Valley, and was named runner-up Miss California and Miss Nevada.
Over the course of her career Angel has been acclaimed in a number of roles including the title role in Tosca, Violetta in La Traviata, Liù in Turandot, Marguerite in Faust, Elena in Mefistofele, Giulietta in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Micaëla in Carmen, and both Clara and Bess in Porgy and Bess.
She is perhaps most popularly associated with Puccini’s La Bohème, making her US debut with LA Opera as Musetta and going on to make her La Scala debut in the same role. Since singing her first Mimì at English National Opera in 2014, the doomed heroine has become her signature role with performances at Vienna State Opera, the Canadian Opera Company, Hamburg State Opera, the Semperoper Dresden, and at the Met, where she has also sung Musetta. American audiences will have the opportunity to catch her as Mimì in four forthcoming productions with Seattle Opera, San Diego Opera, Metropolitan Opera and Washington National Opera.
In a perfect prelude to this year’s Independence Day celebrations, Angel will open Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Tanglewood season on July 3 where she will sing Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915, a work indelibly associated with Leontyne Price, the trailblazing soprano to whom Angel is often compared.
In another important milestone, Angel is scheduled to launch LA Opera’s new season on September 26, 2020, with a role debut as Leonora in Il Trovatore, conducted by Ken-David Masur. It will be a homecoming for the California native, who was once a member of the company’s Young Artist Program.
Forthcoming international engagements in 2020 include Violetta at La Scala and the title role in Tosca at Semperoper Dresden.