Angela Born is honored to perform the role of the Mother/Witch in Little LOON’s touring production of Hansel and Gretel and to make her LOON debut with the cast of Michael Ching’s Speed Dating Tonight. As a staunch advocate for new music, Angela is regularly seen throughout the US performing new works by living composers. Angela was last seen in Duluth touring the concert “There Always Something Sings,” a grant-funded concert with music by living American composers of varied cultural and religious backgrounds.
Recent operatic performances include the role of The Mother in Beowulf (Han Lash), for which she received critical acclaim for her “rich, clear voice” that is “geared towards storytelling” (Chicagoland Musical Theatre). Other favorite new opera roles include Lucinda in Dark Sisters (Nico Muhly), Patience in Patience and Sarah (Paula Kimper), Harriet in The Infinite Energy of Ada Lovelace (Kamala Sankaram), and Meg Murry in the workshop production of A Wrinkle in Time (Libby Larsen). Traditional roles include Mimì in La Femme Bohème (a queer spin on the traditional opera), Musetta in a traditional La Bohème, the titular role in Princess Ida, The Secretary in The Consul, and Despina in Così fan tutte. Angela is a company member with Third Eye Theatre Ensemble and has had the pleasure to perform with Loveland Opera Theatre, Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company, Opera West, Valkyrie Ensemble, Thompson Street Opera Company, Transgressive Theatre-Opera, and Floating Opera Company. Upcoming engagements include the role of Judith in a reimagined blackbox production of Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle with Ouroboros Opera.
Angela has been praised for her “impeccable musicianship” and “fire and dramatic conviction” (Chicago Classical Review). She is the recipient of multiple Chicago DCASE grants, the most recent of which funded the co-creation and performance of a new song cycle and film series that highlights the text of 1915 suffragist Alice Duer Miller. She is the 2023 songSLAM winner for her premiere performance of Michelle Isaac’s “What Every Woman Must Not Say,” a new art song with poetry by said suffragist Alice Duer Miller. Angela has recently been a featured guest artist with the Peoria Area Civic Chorale and Artemis Chamber Orchestra. This winter season, she looks forward to a performance of Handel’s Messiah with the Morton Community Chorus and Orchestra as the soprano soloist.
Angela received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance at Illinois Wesleyan University and her Masters in Music in Vocal Performance at the University of Colorado at Boulder. When not singing, Angela can be found obsessing over cats, bothering her husband, and attempting to keep plants alive. Learn more at www.angelaborn.com.