Rising soprano Angela Theis has captivated the attention of audiences and critics alike. In 2014, Ms. Theis returns to Opera Roanoke to cover Cleopatra in Handel’s Giulio Cesare and sings the solos from Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 and Poulenc’s Gloria with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra. She appears frequently with her hometown Michigan Opera Theatre, previously as Marzelline in Fidelio, Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro, and the High Priestess in Aïda. Other roles around the country have included Mabel in Pirates of Penzance with Eugene Opera, Johanna in Sweeney Todd with Syracuse Opera, and Frasquita in Carmen with Opera Roanoke.
On the concert stage, Ms. Theis was a three-time soloist with Utah Symphony (including Handel’s Messiah), the soprano soloist for Richard Einhorn’s Voices of Light at the Detroit Institute of Arts, and a two-time soloist with the AIMS Festival Orchestra in Austria. Dr. David DiChiera, founding general director of Michigan Opera Theatre, chose her to perform his own compositions at his 2013 Kresge Eminent Artist award presentation. This season, she reprises these songs in additional performances in which DiChiera is being recognized.
Ms. Theis has been honored with numerous grants and awards, most notably as a fellow to study under Barbara Bonney at the Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, as the recipient of both the Audience Choice Award and 2nd Prize in the 2013 AIMS Meistersinger Competition, and as a 2012 Michigan winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. While a resident artist with Utah Opera, she made her professional debut as the Dew Fairy in Hansel and Gretel and performed in the contemporary opera Little Women as Beth. In her final year at New England Conservatory, she was seen as Gretel in Hansel and Gretel and as Zerlina in Don Giovanni, for which the Boston Globe praised her "bright, bold, and beguilingly sung" performance. Ms. Theis holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame.