Cecilia Angell is well known for her dynamic performances and has been lauded by Opera News for her “lush voice” and Classical Singer for her "large, intensely colored soprano." Metropolitan Opera conductor Steven Crawford noted “she sings with a passion that is not heard very often these days,” while David Shengold observed she is “an exciting singing actress who displays excellent musicianship.” On more than one occasion, Ms. Angell has compelled critics to comment, “her charismatic stage presence is magnetic” (Asbury Park Press).
After a successful career as a mezzo-soprano, Ms. Angell made the formal transition to soprano and her repertoire now includes several dramatic roles, including Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Amelia in Un ballo in maschera and Maddalena in Andrea Chénier.
During the 2011-12 season, Ms. Angell performs the title role in Tosca at Moore Theatre in Seattle.
Past season highlights include Leonora in Il trovatore with New Jersey State Repertory Opera and on tour with National Lyric Opera, and understudy to Denyce Graves’ Carmen with Orlando Opera. Ms. Angell also sang in a Verdi Opera Gala at Van Vleck Gardens and appeared as guest soloist in St. Jean Baptiste’s Carrolle Singe in New York. Also in New York, she performed Santuzza in Cavalleria rusticana (which she previously sang with Knoxville Opera), Salud in Falla’s La vida breve, and the title role in critically acclaimed performances of Vanessa with Dicapo Opera Theatre.
Ms. Angell made her professional debut as Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte with Dallas Opera (opposite Frank Lopardo’s Tamino) and performed as a mezzo-soprano for several seasons. Praised for her captivating interpretation of Carmen, Ms. Angell prompted Opera News to write, “born to play Carmen!” She has performed the role with Virginia Opera, Hawaii Opera, Augusta Opera, New Jersey State Opera, Opera Grand Rapids, Opera Idaho, Metro Lyric Opera, Spokane Symphony, West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Korean American Opera (Seoul), and Opera Metropolitana de Caracas. She has a close association with La vida breve, as well,and performed Abuela in concert with the San Francisco Symphony, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra (broadcast on WQXR), BBC Symphony Orchestra (broadcast live on BBC Radio 3), and the Simón Bolívar Symphony (Caracas). Also with the Simón Bolívar Symphony, Ms. Angell recorded Abuela on the Dorian label with Eduardo Mata. She sang Salud and Falla’s Siete Canciones populares Españolas at Grant Park Music Festival.
Ms. Angell was born in Lima, Peru and is a graduate of Curtis Institute of Music.