Angela Mortellaro, soprano
Musetta, La bohème
Despina, Così fan tutte
Angela Mortellaro's “crystalline tones” and “vivacious stage presence” command the attention of audiences and critics alike, and she is acclaimed as an outstanding talent. Her most recent Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor) with Opera North proved a success for a "riveting - and heart-wrenching" performance. In the 2013-2014 season, Ms. Mortellaro returns to Opera Philadelphia to sing Anna (Nabucco), will sing Adele (Die Fledermaus) with Sarasota Opera, and Jean Acker in Argento's Dream of Valentino with Minnesota Opera. Ms. Mortellaro will also make an exciting debut in the title role of Thais with Florida Grand Opera.
During the 2012-2013 season, Ms. Mortellaro reprised Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor) with the Dayton Opera and Opera North, also singing Galatea (Acis and Galatea) with the Madison Opera, and Madeleine (Pulitzer Prize Winner Silent Night by Kevin Puts) with Opera Philadelphia. Ms. Mortellaro is a recent alumna of the Minnesota Opera Resident Artist Program performing multiple roles to critical acclaim. She debued during the 2010-2011 season as Amore (Orfeo ed Euridice) with countertenor David Daniels and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, conductor Harry Bicket. Opening the 2011-2012 season, Angela sang a “saucy, hammy” and “foxy” Despina (Cosi fan tutte): “Mortellaro proves a scene-stealer as the sister's maid. Even if you've seen this Minnesota Opera resident artist over the course of several productions, you may not recognize her, for she has a great character actor's gift of disappearing into a role.” Ms. Mortellaro sang Madeleine Audebert and covered Anna Sorenson in Minnesota Opera's world premiere of Kevin Puts' Silent Night, winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Music. Next, she sang Sophie (Werther) alongside James Valenti for the first Minnesota Opera web broadcast with a "welcoming lightness and physicality". Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor) proved a highlight during her time as a Resident Artist.
In 2010, Ms. Mortellaro performend Gretel (Hansel and Gretel) twice, with Sarasota Opera and PORT Opera in Portland, Maine. "Mortellaro was an exceptionally convincing Gretel, the petite soprano credible as a playful young girl, singing with a rich, youthful soprano voice and strongly conveying Gretel's terror at being lost in the woods." She has appeared as a Guest Soloist singing Violetta (La Traviata) with the Mankato Symphony, and has sung tributes to Leonard Bernstein and Rogers and Hammerstein with the Sarasota Orchestra, the Artist Series of Sarasota, and Orlando Philharmonic. Mortellaro is a two-time Regional Finalist of the Upper Midwest Region Metropolitan Opera Auditions, and Encouragement Award Winner, and a proud graduate of Rice University's Shepherd School of Music.