12, 14, 17 March. Angel Blue in La Scala lead role.
The last three performances of Verdi’s evergreen La Traviata at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala this week will feature soprano Angel Blue in the title role.
California-based Angle Blue (pictured) stepped in to save the late-season performances on 12, 14 and 17 March when Bulgarian soprano Sonia Yoncheva was obliged to pull out of the role for poor health.
Angel Blue is no newcomer to La Scala: she performed there in 2015 as Musetta in Puccini’s La Bohème and again the following year as Clara in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. And she has already performed the role of Violetta at other opera houses, most recently in January at London’s Royal Opera House, but never before at La Scala.
She made her debut with the San Francisco Opera in the 2008/09 season, in the role of Clara in Porgy and Bess. She has since performed lead roles with the Los Angeles Opera, Theatre an der Wien, the Frankfurt Opera and the Munich and Berlin Philharmonics, among many others.
She is a versatile singer who combines classical opera with contemporary music and with a voice that is impressive the upper and the middle registers. She also has successful Hollywood and television career and is a favourite with the media, partly also because of her previous, non-operatic awards such as Miss California.