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30 January 2012

Soprano Angela Meade Receives Seventh Annual Beverly Sills Artist Award from The Metropolitan Opera

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Soprano Angela Meade has been named as the recipient of the seventh annual Beverly Sills Artist Award, the Metropolitan Opera announced today.

The award, given annually by the Met to a young singer between the ages of 25 and 40 who has already appeared in a featured solo role with the company, carries with it a $50,000 prize, making it the largest award of its kind in the United States. Inaugurated in 2006 through an endowment gift from Agnes Varis and her husband Karl Leichtman, the award is intended to help further recipients' careers by providing funding for voice lessons, vocal coaching, language lessons, related travel costs and other professional assistance. 

"I am so deeply honored to be the recipient of the Beverly Sills award," said Meade, who was presented with the award at the Met today by Sills' daughter, Muffy Greenough. "I would have loved to have met Ms. Sills. We share much of the same repertoire and her interpretations of Norma, Anna Bolena, Elisabetta in Roberto Devereux, Cleopatra and Violetta have been an inspiration to me. I am greatly humbled and realize what an immense responsibility it will be to carry on the legacy Ms. Sills achieved. Her artistry has been something that young singers aspire to attain. I offer heartfelt thanks to the Metropolitan Opera and the Agnes Varis trust, in memory of Agnes Varis and Karl Leichtman."

Meade made her Met debut in 2008, singing Ernani's heroine Elvira, which she repeats in performances this season that begin on February 2. She also sang the Countess in a 2009 Met performance of Nozze di Figaro and took on three performances of the title role in Anna Bolena earlier this season. In 2007, Meade was a winner at the Met's National Council Auditions, and, last summer, Meade was a featured soloist in the company's Summer Recital Series. spacer

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