Angela Niederloh - Dorabella
Previously at Portland Opera:
The Journey To Reims, 2004; The Magic Flute, 2007; Cinderella, 2007; La Calisto, 2009
Acclaimed by The New York Times as “an exciting coloratura mezzo-soprano,” Angela Niederloh is in demand by opera, concert and recital presenters across the United States. A compelling stage presence, Miss Niederloh has garnered praise for her performances in a wide range of repertoire. Miss Niederloh’s recent engagements include the title role in Cinderella with Portland Opera, and Falstaff with Bryn Terfel, as the saucy Meg Page with Houston Grand Opera. Other roles with Portland Opera include Third Lady in The Magic Flute and Melibea in Rossini’s Il Viaggio a Rheims. During her tenure as a member of the Houston Grand Opera Studio, Miss Niederloh appeared as Giovanna in Rigoletto, Filipevna in Eugene Onegin, Poklizeèka in The Makropolis Case, Olga in The Merry Widow, Rosette in Manon, Flora in La Traviata with René Flemming, directed by Frank Corsaro and conducted by Patrick Summers, Second Lady in Die Zauberflöte and Karolka in a David Alden’s production of Jenùfa.
Miss Niederloh made her professional operatic debut as Berta in Il Barbiere di Sivilgia with Chautauqua Opera where she also covered the Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos. Following her engagements with Chautauqua Opera she was invited to join the San Francisco Opera Merola Program where she performed Zita in Gianni Schicchi with maestro Joseph Coloneri and Dorabella in John Copley’s production of Cosi fan Tutte. Summers 2003 and 2004 took Ms. Niederloh to Wolftrap Opera. There she portrayed Annio in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito, Giannetta in L’elisir d’amore and Ms. Slender in Salieri’s Falstaff.
An accomplished musician, Angela Niederloh’s ability to interpret new works has led her to the Aspen Music Festival where she performed in the North American premiere of H.K. Gruber’s Gloria, directed by Edward Berkeley. Miss Niederloh reprieved her portrayal of Berta in Il Barbiere di Sivilgia with Opera Southwest where she also sang her first Suzuki in Madame Butterfly, a role she later performed with Houston’s critically acclaimed Orchestra X, conducted by James Lowe, assistant conductor of the Houston Grand Opera. Other regional performances include the Mother in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors with Opera Omaha and Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus with the Columbia Symphony Orchestra. Equally comfortable on the concert stage, Miss Niederloh made her Oregon Symphony debut in an exciting performance of Bernstein’s Mass and Mahler’s Second Symphony under the baton of Murry Sidlin. She has also graced audiences with her lush interpretations of the baroque repertoire with the Portland Baroque Orchestra in their annual portrayal of Handel’s Messiah. Commemorating the late Robert Shaw, Angela Niederloh received a special invitation to perform the difficult solo role in Aaron Copland’s In the Beginning with the acclaimed Choral Cross Ties. Reviewing her performance, The Oregonian critic David Stabler wrote “mezzo-soprano Angela Niederloh is the real thing. We’ll be hearing from her for years to come!” Additional concert engagements include solo performances of Messiah and Vivaldi’s Gloria with the Oregon Choral Arts Ensemble under the direction of Roger Doyle.
Miss Niederloh is in high demand for her dramatic and fresh interpretations of art song repertoire. She has performed at the 1999 Chautauqua Institution in “Art Songs at the Athenaeum” where she gave a memorable performance of Robert Schumann’s Frauenliebe und Leben as well as Aaron Copland’s Emily Dickenson Songs. That same year, Miss Niederloh was invited to perform a solo recital with the Portland Opera Guild Young Artist Recital Series. In 2002 Miss Niederloh was chosen to participate in recital with composer Jake Heggie premiering several of his new works. She has also been featured in recital with Steven Blier in programs entitled “Songs from the Opera Composers” and “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”.
Angela Niederloh holds her Bachelor of Arts in Music Degree from Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. Her attendance at Portland State University was supported by the Laurel’s Scholarship. A frequent participant in some of the nation’s most prestigious competitions, Angela Niederloh was launched into the national spotlight as a Finalist in the 2000 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions where she performed with the Met Orchestra under the direction of Paul Nadler. February of 2004, Ms. Niederloh was awarded first place and audience favorite at the Eleanor Lieber Awards. In 2000 she placed 2nd in the MacAllister Awards Competition. As a member of the Chautauqua Opera Studio Artist Program she received the Studio Artist Award and an invitation to return the following season as an Apprentice Artist. Immediately following these exciting successes Miss Niederloh was selected as a Finalist in the 2001 Houston Grand Opera Eleanor McCollum Competition and in 2002 she placed 2nd in Dallas Opera Guild Competition while being selected as a finalist in the MacAllister Awards Competition.