Description: A Christmas Musicale..Opera singers Angela Theis and Anna Maria Cardinalli perform beloved Carols and songs tailored to the emotions stirred by this most unusual of Yuletides…the Covid Christmas. for more information on Anna Maria Cardinalli go to: https://www.annamaria.ws. For more information on Angela Theis, visit her website: www.angelatheis.com
Guests: Angela Theis
Soprano Angela Theis has captivated the attention of audiences and critics alike, while remaining active in her hometown Detroit area. She is featured on the 2017 David DiChiera Letters & Fantasies album and continues to be an ambassador for Michigan Opera Theatre and the music of its late founder. Ms. Theis was an original member of the Michigan Opera Theatre Studio, serving as the Soprano resident artist from 2015-2017. A perennial favorite of Michigan Opera Theatre, she has performed Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro, Beth in Little Women, Frasquita in Carmen, Papagena (Pamina cover) in The Magic Flute, Laurie in The Tender Land, Yvette in The Passenger, the High Priestess in Aïda, and Marzelline in Fidelio.
Around the country, Ms. Theis has performed the roles of Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro with Toledo Opera, Adina in L’elisir d’amore and Mabel in Pirates of Penzance with Eugene Opera, Johanna in Sweeney Todd with Syracuse Opera, Clorinda in La Cenerentola and Frasquita in Carmen with Opera Roanoke, and Dew Fairy in Hansel and Gretel and Beth in Little Women with Utah Opera. In 2019, Ms. Theis made her solo debut at Carnegie Hall, and she has been a soloist with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, Utah Symphony, and various professional ensembles in the Detroit area.
Ms. Theis has been honored with numerous grants and awards for her scholarship and singing in Italy and Austria, where she studied abroad and completed a postgraduate fellowship under Barbara Bonney at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg. She won both the Audience Choice Award and 2nd Prize in the 2013 AIMS Meistersinger Competition in Austria, and she was a 2012 Michigan winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
In her final year of her Master of Music 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 a Bachelor of Business Administration with a double major in Marketing and Music from the University of Notre Dame.
AnnaMaria Cardinalli is a World class opera singer, guitarist and recording artist, offers stunning virtuosity on the Spanish guitar and brings the simmering darkness of the contralto voice both to the most mysterious characters of the operatic stage and to the folk traditions of the Mediterranean world.
With a life story to match the drama usually found only in opera…
she has performed as a soloist in venues from the Kennedy and Lincoln Centers to the Spanish Royal Palaces, was the youngest person to complete a Ph.D. from Notre Dame, was “outed” as an intelligence officer by Wikileaks for her once-quiet work in Iraq and Afghanistan, and remains an outspoken advocate for human rights.
All of this lends a depth of human experience to her performance of some of the world’s most passionate guitar and operatic repertoire.