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We are delighted to share with you this exclusive Q&A with Californian soprano Angel Blue. Angel took some time out from preparing for her highly-anticipated UK recital debut next Monday to tell us a little about herself, the musical influences in her life and her choice of programme, touching on all sorts of diverse topics from law to gymnastics along the way!


In conversation with... Angel Blue


What influence did your father, the late great gospel singer Sylvester Blue, have on you growing up and your choice of career - did he inspire you to sing?


Absolutely. My Dad is one of the biggest reasons why I sing. He had a very strong passion for the arts and he passed that passion on to my siblings and me. My Dad influenced me by showing me that singing was more than just opera. My Dad could sing different styles of music, like jazz, gospel, classical, and soul. He passed that on to me. He always said, "Angel you should be able to sing anything." and that has stuck with me throughout the years.


If your father was the first great musical influence in your life, then we would guess that living legend Plácido Domingo is probably the second - how did the opportunity to tour with Domingo come about and has the great man passed on any useful tips or advice since taking an interest in your career?


Angel Blue with Plácido DomingoInterestingly enough, one of my Dad's favorite opera singers was Plácido Domingo. The opportunity to sing for Maestro Domingo came just 2 months after my Dad passed away. Meeting and singing for Maestro Domingo was bittersweet. I was studying to receive my Master's of Music degree at UCLA and I was invited by the opera house to sing for Maestro Domingo. I sang "Senza Mamma" and "Sempre Libera". He offered me a job at the LA Opera as soon as my audition was over. Needless to say I was and am very thankful. The most important tip Maestro has given me is to always be prepared.


If you hadn’t become an opera singer, what career would you have pursued? We hear you possess some mean gymnastics skills…


That is so funny! Yes, I used to be a gymnast, but I'm afraid that most of my tumbling skills have left me. Although, I can still do the splits and a head stand. If I was not a singer I would have gone into law. I have an associates degree in pre law. I like to talk, and I like to argue (only if it's for a good cause though).


What has been the highlight of your career so far?


The highlight of my career has been working with inner city schools in California and encouraging the students to graduate with a high school diploma. I know that has nothing to do with singing, but to date that has been the most rewarding thing I've done.


Your recital programme covers a great range, from Mozart all the way through to Gershwin. Could you tell us a little about the pieces in the programme and why you picked them?


Angel BlueYes, I think the recital is a reflection of my personality. I chose each piece based on how I think the poem represents an area in my life. For example, Alleulia is how I feel about my job. I'm thankful for it and saying "Alleluia" shows gratitude. The Strauss songs are for my Mom and Dad, particularly Befreit. It shows their relationship. They really loved one another and when my Dad passed away I saw how much strength my Mom had. My Dad left a great legacy with his family and that continues within each of us. O joy! The Russian art songs are for my voice teacher and friend Vladimir Chernov. Also, my coach Catherine Miller loves all of these pieces.


Hypothetical question: you are making your Metropolitan Opera debut – in a dream world, what is the opera and who else is in the cast?


Wow! Well to sing at the Metropolitan Opera has always been a dream of mine. My dream role would be La Traviata or Tosca and I have no idea who the tenor would be. I would love to sing with James Valenti and Thomas Hamspon because they both tower over me. I'm 5'11, James is 6'5 and I believe Thomas Hampson is 6'6. That would be a tall and wonderful cast!


What projects do you have lined up following your Rosenblatt Recital?


After the Rosenblatt Recital I will sing the Verdi Requiem with the St. Louis Symphony, a debut at the Chicago Lyric Opera, and the Israeli Philharmonic with Zubin Mehta.

Angel BlueAngel Blue’s Rosenblatt Recital
Monday 21 October, 7:30pm
Wigmore Hall

Songs and arias by Mozart, Strauss, Rachmaninov, Gershwin, Chapí, Puccini, Wagner, Cilea and Verdi

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