Hailed by the New York Times for her “plush, full sound, yet also youthful brightness,” American mezzo-soprano Angela Brower is one of the most sought-after lyric mezzo-sopranos of her generation. A former member of the Bayerische Staatsoper and alumna of their studio, she continues to bring her compelling artistry and musicianship to the world's leading opera houses and concert venues.
Engagements in the 2020/21 season include Dorabella Così fan tutte and a special gala concert at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Komponist Ariadne auf Naxos at the Wiener Staatsoper, an appearance with the Royal Opera House as well as her company debut with Norwegian National Opera as Rosina The Barber of Seville.
Last season Brower made her Metropolitan Opera debut with one of her signature roles, Octavian Der Rosenkavalier, as well as performing Dorabella in her first appearance at the Dutch National Opera, Cherubino Le Nozze di Figaro at the Mozartwoche Salzburgat and taking on the title role of Cendrillon in Klagenfurt. Brower was also invited to star as Susanna Le Nozze di Figaro, Dorabella and Zerlina Don Giovanni in a new Da Ponte Trilogy under the baton of Mark Minkowski at Opera de Bordeaux.
Recent successes include a series of company debuts with Opéra de Paris (Annio La Clemenza di Tito ); Deutsche Oper Berlin (Prince Orlovsky Die Fledermaus); Royal Opera House and Salzburg Festival (Dorabella in new productions of Cosi fan tutte); Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and Glyndebourne Festival (Komponist Ariadne auf Naxos); Lyric Opera of Chicago (Idamante Idomeneo); Wiener Staatsoper (Rosina Il barbiere di Siviglia); Lucerne Festival (Tamiri Il re pastore); Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (Dorabella Cosi fan tutte); at the Wiener Staatsoper; at the Festspielhaus Baden (Siebel Faust); and San Francisco Opera (Nicklausse Les Contes d’Hoffmann and Cherubino Le Nozze di Figaro). At Bayerische Staatsoper she was heard as Nicklausse Les Contes d’Hoffmann; Annio and Sesto in La Clemenza di Tito; Der Komponist Ariadne auf Naxos; title role of La Cenerentola; Dorabella, Cherubino, Octavian, Hänsel Hänsel und Gretel; Charlotte Werther; and Adalgisa Norma.
On the concert platform, she has performed works such as Mozart’s Requiem with the Vienna Philharmonic under the baton of Maestro Andrés Orozco-Estrada; a concert with the Aachen Symphony Orchestra which featured works by Debussy, Chausson, Ravel, and Duruflé; Rossini’s Stabat Mater with the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra at the Het Concertgebouw in Amsterdam; Alban Berg’s Sieben frühe Lieder with the Tiroler Symphonie Orchester in Innsbruck; she sang Chausson’s Poème de l’amour et de la mer Op. 19 and Ravel’s Shéhérazade with the NDR Sinfonieorchester, under the musical direction of Yal Pascal Tortilier.
Her discography includes the hugely acclaimed Deutsche Grammophon recordings of Mozart’s Così fan tutte and Le Nozze di Figaro both conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
Angela Brower was raised in Arizona and studied at Arizona State University and Indiana University. Her career started as a young artist singing at the Glimmerglass Opera Young American Artists Program in 2008. She was then invited to join the Opera Studio at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, where she later became a member of the Ensemble from 2010-2016. Her portrayal of Dorabella in Così fan tutte earned her particular attention on the main stage of the National Theater, which led to her receiving the prestigious Munich Festival Prize in 2009.
The New York Times, March 2018
“Angela Brower sang Octavian with plush, full sound, yet also youthful brightness and ﬂashes of cocky energy.”
“Angela Brower as the Prince from Orlofski had a melting mezzo-soprano and perfect intonation. Her “Ich lade mir gerne Gäste ein” was gorgeously sung. One longed to hear more from her.”
“…so well was she sung by Angela Brower – with ardently glowing tone and verbal relish that made her “Musik ist ein heilige Kunst” a moving and believable manifesto – that she seemed to have earned the right to do whatever she liked.”