Choose from a variety of presentations for all ages and programming needs. A customized presentation can be designed with your input and audience in mind. With careful thought and planning, local talent can be included in some presentations with Ms. Brown.

  1. Opera…From a Sistah’s Point of View
  2. Nothin’ Beats a Failure But a Try
  3. Masterclass
  4. Panel Roundtables and Discussions

Opera…from a Sistah’s Point of View

Award-winning performing and recording artist, Angela Brown, is a trail blazer on a mission to bring operatic and classical vocal performance to the masses through her unique recital program, “Opera…from a Sistah’s Point of View.” Her awe-inspiring performance and witty commentary unravel convoluted plots with humor and create a fresh awareness of the ethnic, geographic, and socio-economic diversity portrayed in opera characters. Filled with show-stopping arias, poignant art songs and moving spirituals, Angela Brown opens new minds, hearts, and ears to the beauty and imagination of opera…from a sistah’s point of view.

Sample musical selections performed with piano and/or orchestra:

  • Dich, teure Halle – from Tannhauser by R. Wagner
  • Vissi d’arte – from Tosca by G. Puccini
  • Morro, morro ma prima in grazia – from Un Ballo in Maschera by G. Verdi
  • Pace, pace mio dio – from La Forza del Destino by G. Verdi
  • Summertime – from Porgy and Bess by G. Gershwin

Narrative: Educational and explanatory narrative is interspersed with musical selections to break down cultural barriers and dispel the myths of opera. Each aria is described and explained in context of its own opera story/plot. A “vernacular” description is given to help the audience relate the aria text and setting with modern day life. The narrative is comical at times, charming and delightful and involves the audience.

Premise:

  • Help newcomers develop an appreciation, not intimidation, for opera
  • Expose diverse populations to opera through an entertaining and relatable presentation so that they feel comfortable attending a full-length opera
  • Educate the audience about preparing to attend and enjoying a full-length opera production

Details

  • Length: 30 to 90 minutes
  • Audience: upper elementary to adult
  • Adaptable Program: Yes

Nothin’ Beats a Failure But a Try

Soprano Angela Brown weaves story and song to tell her motivating and surprising journey from inner-city Indianapolis to the Metropolitan Opera and beyond. From international opera and symphonic performances, a sparkling jewelry line to a new, not-for-profit entity benefitting underserved schools and communities, Angela shares life’s triumphs, tribulations, and truths from her unique perspective.

Angela unites opera, pops, and gospel in one sensational voice and is a featured artist on the two-time, Grammy Award® winning recording “Ask Your Mama.” Her highly successful Metropolitan Opera debut in the title role of Aida captured instant attention from international print and broadcast media and catapulted Angela onto the world’s prestigious opera and symphonic stages.

Her most recent adventure includes the world premiere of a new, American opera, Charlie Parker’s Yardbird. The role of Addie Parker, Charlie’s mother, was written especially for her. The first performances took place with Opera Philadelphia in the summer of 2015. The opera reprised in April 2016 for historic performances at the Apollo Theater in New York City, the first time an opera had ever been performed on that stage, and played again in London’s Hackney Empire Theater in June 2017.

While opera is the main catalyst for her career, Angela’s performance experience includes everything from star hostess on stage to producer and creator of Opera…from a Sistah’s Point of View, an inspired show that has gained international notoriety for bringing opera to the masses in the form of an edgy, yet educational, concert presentation. Throughout her career, Angela has joined forces with symphonic pops legends Marvin Hamlisch, Jack Everly, and Erich Kunzel while traveling the world for classical performances at Lincoln Center, Paris Opera, Vienna State Opera, Capetown Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Edmonton Opera, Calgary Philharmonic, Shanghai World Expo, Moscow Performing Arts Center, and more.

Presentation includes three vocal solos from opera, musical theater, and spirituals with piano accompaniment.

Premise:

  • Demonstrate overcoming life’s failures through persistence and patience
  • llustrate everyone’s capacity to strive for success and personal integrity
  • Inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to pursue multiple life and career goals despite economic or social background

Details

  • Length: 30-40 minutes
  • Audience: middle school to adult
  • Adaptable Program: Yes

Masterclass

Two hour class with Angela Brown for the purpose of coaching and instructing up to 6 voice students (advanced high school to emerging young artist). Each student receives approximately 15-20 minutes of individual instruction in a class setting or in setting open to the public. A short water and restroom break is usually taken after three singers. This can be shortened to a one hour class with three singers, if preferred. Two hours and six singers is generally the maximum for one day. School, university or institution provides accompanist for the singers. Singers prepare one aria, art song, or musical theater selection for the class.

Details

  • Length: 1 to 2 hours
  • Audience: high school to adult
  • Adaptable Program: Yes

Panel Roundtables and Discussions

Angela Brown moderates a panel of arts administrators, professional artists, and emerging artists on the topics of creating and maintaining a performing career, artist management relationships, the business aspects of a performing career, navigating the pitfalls and high points of a performing career, expanding your personal brand, and other related issues. Ideal for workshops, seminars, and conferences.

Details

  • Length: 1 to 2 hours
  • Audience: high school to adult
  • Adaptable Program: Yes