Soprano Angela Theis has captivated the attention of international audiences and critics alike, while remaining active in her hometown Detroit area. In 2016-2017, she makes her debut as Susanna in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro with Toledo Opera and returns to Michigan Opera Theatre as Frasquita in Carmen and Beth in Little Women through her engagement as Michigan Opera Theatre Studio Artist. Last season, Ms. Theis sang Yvette in The Passenger, Laurie in The Tender Land, Apparition in Macbeth, and Papagena (Pamina cover) in The Magic Flute at Michigan Opera Theatre in the inaugural year of the Studio Program. Previous roles with Michigan Opera Theatre include Marzelline in Fidelio, Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro, and the High Priestess in Aïda. The outstanding honor of her career was when Dr. David DiChiera, founder and artistic director of Michigan Opera Theatre, chose her to perform his compositions at his 2013 Kresge Eminent Artist award presentation and at his 2015 Art X Detroit tribute concert at the Detroit Opera House.

Operatic roles around the country have included Pamina in the Magic Flute School Programs Tour (The Metropolitan Opera Guild), Adina in L’elisir d’amore and Mabel in Pirates of Penzance (both with Eugene Opera), Johanna in Sweeney Todd (Syracuse Opera), and Clorinda in La Cenerentola and Frasquita in Carmen (both 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 in Austria with the AIMS Festival Orchestra.

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.

 

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With David DiChiera (photo by Christine M.J. Hathaway)

With David DiChiera (photo by Christine M.J. Hathaway)