Rising Star Angela Mortellaro has captivated audiences from the outset of her young career. Described as “beautiful to watch on stage,” the “richness” of her voice, the skilled delivery of “dazzling vocal pyrotechnics,” and her innate actor have made this young soprano a singer in very high demand.
Enjoying consistently full itineraries from the start of her career, Ms. Mortellaro’s 2014-2015 Season to date includes reprises of Gretel for the Minnesota Opera and Violetta for Opera North along with role debuts in two world premieres including the role of Doris Parker, wife of Charlie Parker, in Opera Philadelphia’s World Premiere of Charlie Parker’s YARDBIRD and Josie in Minnesota Opera’s World Premiere of The Manchurian Candidate. YARDBIRD is beingwritten by the composer and saxophonist Daniel Schnyder with the libretto by Bridgette A. Wimberly, the project stars Larry Brownlee and is being produced in partnership with Gotham Chamber Opera. The Manchurian Candidate isthe second opera from composer Kevin Puts and librettist Mark Campbell, creators of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize-winning Silent Night. Also in the season, Ms. Mortellaro sings the Soprano Solo in Handel’s Messiah with the Orchestra Seattle and ChamberSingers.Read more...
The 2013-2014 Season began with projects for several distinguished companies. Ms. Mortellaro returned to Opera Philadelphia for Anna in Nabucco, sang Adele (Die Fledermaus) for Sarasota Opera, and premiered Jean Acker in Dominic Argento’s Dream of Valentino for the Minnesota Opera. She concluded the season with a company and role debut singing the title role of Thaïs for Florida Grand Opera.
Her 2012-2013 brought performances of traditional and new repertoire for Ms. Mortellaro in addition to a role debut for her. She reprised Lucia for the Dayton Opera, debuted Galatea for Madison Opera and reprised Madeleine Audebert while covering Anna Sorensen for Opera Philadelphia inKevin Puts’ opera Silent Night, the 2012 Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Music.
Opening the 2011-2012 Season and while still a Resident Artist with the Minnesota Opera, Ms. Mortellaro sang a “saucy, hammy” and “foxy” Despina (Così fan tutte) garnering high praise for her portrayal as the sister’s maid. Also in the season, she sang Madeleine Audebert and covered Anna Sorenson in the company’s enormously successful world premiere of Kevin Puts' Silent Night. Next, Ms. Mortellaro sang Sophie (Werther) with James Valenti for the first Minnesota Opera web broadcast portraying her character with a "welcoming lightness and physicality." Her debut as Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor) proved to be the highlight of her experience as a Resident Artist with the company.
The 2010-2011 Season, her first as a Minnesota Opera Resident Artist, presented the exceptional opportunity to perform Amore (Orfeo ed Euridice) with countertenor David Daniel and the renowned St. Paul Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Harry Bicket under the auspices of the opera company. She added Annina (La Traviata) and Clorinda (La Cenerentola) to her repertoire in the period. Also in the season, Ms. Mortellaro performed Gretel (Hansel and Gretel) for both the Sarasota Opera and PORT Opera in Portland, Maine, and once again enjoyed high marks for her performances.
In concert, Ms. Mortellaro has sung soprano solos in Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, the Resurrection Symphony, Poulenc’s Gloria, Knoxville Summer of 1915, Anneliese of J. Whitbourne and tributes to Leonard Bernstein and Rogers and Hammerstein among others.
Ms. Mortellaro has been a Resident Artist with the Minnesota Opera, a Young Artist with Caramoor Opera, a Young Artist with the Sarasota Opera, Chautauqua Opera, and Aspen Opera Theater. She is a graduate of the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston, TX.