|Angela Maria Blasi is one of today's leading lyric sopranos and performs regularly with international opera houses and festivals of the world including Munich, Vienna, London, Milan, Brussels, Florence, Hamburg, Berlin, and the Metropolitan Opera.
After winning numerous voice competitions including the Metropolitan Opera Competition in 1981, the New York born Italian-American soprano became a contracted member of the Hessen State Theater in Wiesbaden. In 1985, Wolfgang Sawallisch offered her a contract at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, where she soon became an audience favorite in leading roles such as Susanna (Marriage of Figaro), Pamina (Die Zauberfloete), Nedda (Pagliacci), Mimi (La Boheme), Liu (Turandot), and Micaela (Carmen). Angela's successes in Munich were highlighted by her 1994 appointment by the Bavarian Ministry of Culture as Kammersaengerin as well as the 2000 Munich Merkur Prize for her interpretation of Marguerite in Gounod's "Faust".
Angela is also well known as a recording artist, and received a 2004 Grammy nomination (Best Vocal Performance) for her interpretation of orchestral songs by Joseph Marx. Other important recordings include collaborations with Nikolaus Harnoncourt in works of Bach and Mozart, Sir Colin Davis in the Mozart Requiem and Brahms Requiem, and Giuseppe Sinopoli in the symphonies of Mahler.
Film credits feature her in the Salzburg production of Mozart's "Il Re Pastore" with Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, as Musetta in the Luigi Comencini "La Boheme" with Jose Carreras as Rodolfo and James Conlon conducting, and as a soprano soloist in many commercially released gala concerts with the Munich Opera orchestra under the baton of Zubin Mehta.
Highlights of the past two seasons include her critically acclaimed performance of Puccini's heroine in Robert Wilson's "Madama Butterfly" with the Los Angeles Opera, her performance of Mathilde in the 2005 Opera Orchestra of New York's Carnegie Hall presentation of Rossini's "Guillaume Tell", and her South American debut as Mimi in "La Boheme" at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires.
Angela has just relocated from Munich, Germany to the United States and makes her home in Harrington Park, New Jersey.This coming season will feature Angela's debuts at the New York City Opera, Ft. Worth Opera, West Palm Beach, Grand Rapids, as well as a reengagement at the Teatro Colon in Argentina.
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Updated August 2006