The American mezzo-soprano Angela Brower launched her career at the Glimmerglass Opera Young American Artists Programme in 2008. She was then invited to join the Opera Studio at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, where she later became a member of the Ensemble from 2010–2016. Her portrayal of Dorabella in Così fan tutte, earned herparticular recognition and the prestigious Munich Opera Festival Prize in 2009. In the same role she made her debut at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London with Semyon Bychkov conducting. She is often cast in the so called trouser roles in Richard Strauss’ operas: as Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier (collaboration with Kirill Petrenko), The Composer in Ariadna auf Naxos (debutat the Glyndebourne Festival and at Aix-en-Provence Festival), and Prince Orlowsky in Die Fledermaus in a new productionby Rolando Villazón at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. During hercareer she has also encountered Czech music when she sang in the concert performance of Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen with the Bavarian Symphony Orchestra in Munich.
“I know Luciano Berio’s Folk Songs very well and I really like them. And the first two songs at the start are American: Black is the Color and I Wonder as I Wander. They were originally written by the folk singer and composer from Kentucky John Jacob Niles. But I am glad that I can perform Berio in other countries: in France, Sicily and Sardinia, Azerbaijan… Together with the PKF – Prague Philharmonia we will perform this beautiful music that I really love. But I have to say that I feel very honoured by this invitation to perform in Prague with this wonderful orchestra. I really take it as a compliment.” (Angela Brower, mezzosoprano)
Luciano Berio: Folk Songs for voice and orchestra