Tuesday, July 26, 2016

New York Times: Review: Angel Blue Makes Her Met Debut

Angel Blue in the Metropolitan Opera’s Summer Recital Series in Central Park. Credit Michelle V. Agins/The New York Times

John Malveaux of 
sends this link about
Angel Joy Blue:

On a balmy Wednesday evening, a large crowd turned up at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park to see the soprano Angel Blue’s first appearance with the Metropolitan Opera.
Ms. Blue, a 32-year-old lyric soprano, is a California native with a flourishing career in Europe, where she has been praised for her interpretations of roles including Mimì and Musetta in “La Bohème.” A protégée of Plácido Domingo, she is also a regular presenter for the BBC.
For the Met, as part of the opening concert for the annual Summer Recital Series, she did her best to make her performance memorable, flirtatiously tossing flowers into the audience as she sang her encore, a zarzuela selection. (She will make her main-stage debut during an unspecified future season.)
Ms. Blue financed her musical training at the University of California, Los Angeles, with prize money from beauty pageants. She was named Miss Hollywood in 2005, and Miss Southern California in 2006. Statuesque in a blue dress, she opened the lineup on Wednesday with “Je veux vivre” from “Roméo et Juliette.” Here, and in ensuing selections, she demonstrated an alluring voice, her dusky lower range seductive in “Je dis que rien ne m’épouvante,” from Bizet’s “Carmen,” and her expressive nuance vivid in “Vissi d’arte,” from Puccini’s “Tosca.” Her honeyed timbre was heard to fine effect in an intimate rendition of “Donde lieta usci,” from “La Bohème.”     

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