New York City, NY (PRWEB) November 13, 2004
"At last an Aida." began Anne Midgette's last weekÂs New York Times review of soprano Angela M. Brown's Metropolitan Opera debut, on Oct. 29, 2004, in the title role of Aida. Ms. Midgette continued: "Ms. Brown was deservedly the focus of the evening" and went on to say that Ms. Brown's reprisal of the role in Philadelphia this coming January "would be worth the trip."
Brown performed the role again at the Saturday, Nov. 6th matinee and garnered a rave review and front-page article in MondayÂs New York Times, stating, ÂFor a fill-in Aida, a triumphant ovation long in comingÂ. The article, also by Midgette, tells of BrownÂs rise from her grandfatherÂs Baptist church in Indianapolis to what has been described by Three MoÂ Tenors Musical Director, Victor Simonson as, Âthe biggest debut since Salvatore Licitra two years agoÂ.
The diva balances the scales of her triumphant story. The last two paragraphs of the NY Times article mentioned a concert Brown developed and performs, called "Opera...from A Sistah's Point of ViewÂ®Â, which also features soprano Kishna Davis. Popular among African American churches, community, social, and civic organizations, the "Sistahs" bring opera, classical music, and traditional Negro Spirituals to audiences in a very accessible and enjoyable way. The duo enjoys sharing delightful and descriptive dialogue about the opera characters they play and the arias they sing.
ÂIt helps make opera more palatable.Â Brown stated. The Indianapolis native successfully developed the concert to bring opera to the community in a homegrown way several years ago.
Davis, best known for her deeply intimate artistry, commanding vocal ability, and versatile stage presence added, ÂWe want to share our experiences of being on international and national opera stages with audiences.Â The two sopranos met on the stage of Indianapolis Opera CompanyÂs production of Porgy and Bess. Davis also performs with opera companies throughout the world. A Washington Post reporter best surmised Brown and Davis' performance at a Washington, DC concert, ÂWhether singing arias or spirituals, summarizing librettos or teaching the difference between ÂbravoÂ and ÂbravaÂ, the duo exuded a down-to-earth quality that no doubt let to their return engagement.Â
Simonson, who often accompanies Brown and Davis at the "Sistahs" concerts, mentioned he watches the audienceÂs response as they clearly enjoy being entertained, while being educated. He also stated that people are changed when they see and hear Angela and Kishna.
Recently honored before an audience of nearly 20,000 Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc members and friends, during the 47th Annual Convention in Las Vegas, NV, Brown and Davis also received Delta's National Emerging ArtistÂs Award, at the famed MGM Grand. Manager of OperaÂ from A SistahÂs Point of ViewÂ®, Terri Allen, noted Brown and Davis as mirroring the goals of the famed sorority, by focusing on a commitment to sisterhood, scholarship, and service, while continuing in their tradition of visionary leadership, to improve our communities.
Brown and Davis began dazzling audiences as a duo in ÂOpera From A SistahÂs Point of ViewÂ®Â in 2002 with their musical magic and passion for the arias they perform. Having performed from Boston to Baton Rogue, with hopes of sharing the legacy of opera and classical music to the Black community, Brown and Davis are doing it in a special way --- from a sistahÂs point of view.
Brown will sing Aida on Dec 1st at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York City and again in early 2005 in Philadelphia. For more information on Miss Brown, please visit http://www.jejartists.com or http://www.angelambrown.com.
To book the Brown and Davis in the OperaÂ From a SistahÂs Point of View concert, email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact 301-203-0929.