World Premiere: "Voice of the Lake" by Margaret Brouwer

Angela Mitchell stars in a brand new work by Margaret BrouwerVoice of the Lake. ClevelandClassical.com's Samantha Spaccasi published a feature about the oratorio, which brings to life the struggle between the recreational and natural joys of Lake Erie and the commercial, agricultural and political issues that threaten its ecological health. Angela will be the soprano soloist.

The performance is Sunday, November 12 at 3:00 p.m. at the Breen Center for the Performing Arts in Cleveland. Read the entire piece here

Review: "Scintillated" as Musetta in La Bohème

Photo by Ryan Teti

Photo by Ryan Teti

Robert Rollin of ClevelandClassical.com has reviewed The Cleveland Opera's recent production of La Bohème. Ms. Mitchell starred as Musetta in this performance from June 10 at the Ohio Theatre: 

Soprano Angela Mitchell scintillated as Musetta. She succeeds in making Marcello jealous, coquettishly singing the famous “Musetta’s Waltz.” Her vocal color was lovely...

Read the entire review here.

Preview: Angela Mitchell starring in "I Do! I Do!" at Theatre in the University Circle

Angela Mitchell (Agnes) and Mason Stewart (Michael) appear in Theatre in the Circle's production of "I Do! I Do!" June 22-June 25 at Judson Manor. (photo: Anna Lattanzio)

Angela Mitchell (Agnes) and Mason Stewart (Michael) appear in Theatre in the Circle's production of "I Do! I Do!" June 22-June 25 at Judson Manor. (photo: Anna Lattanzio)

The Plain Dealer's Laura DeMarco has published a preview of the upcoming production of "I Do! I Do!" at Theatre in the Circle. Angela Mitchell stars as Agnes in this two-person show about a marriage over the course of fifty years: 

A new Cleveland theater company announced its arrival in dramatic style in February. Theatre in the Circle presented the beloved musical "Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris" to three sold-out audiences at their University Circle home.

Now Cleveland's youngest company is back with a new production. The musical "I Do! I Do!," with book and lyrics by Tom Jones and music by Harvey Schmidt - the same team who wrote "The Fantasticks" -- opens Thursday, June 22 at the theater located inside the historic Judson Manor on East 107th Street.

The two-person production stars Angela Mitchell (Agnes) and Mason Stewart (Michael), who also starred in "Jacques Brel ..."

To read the complete preview, please click here.

Theatre in the Circle feature

It isn’t every day that Theatre in the Circle’s director, Bill Corcoran, gets a text from his leading lady asking if he’ll bump the time of a rehearsal so she can take a gig singing grand opera.

As Nannetta in “Falstaff “ Moores Opera Center, University of Houston

As Nannetta in “Falstaff “ Moores Opera Center, University of Houston

The actress in question, Angela Mitchell, is in rehearsal for her role as Agnes in “I I Do! I Do!”, an iconic role originated by Broadway legend Mary Martin.  It’s a role demanding great range from the heart-rending, not-a-dry-eye-in-the-house “What Is A Woman?” to the bump-and-grind manifesto of “Flaming Agnes.”  

So on June 10, Angela will rehearse the bold and brassy Agnes from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and then sing the role of Musetta in The Cleveland Opera’s production of La Bohème that evening.  She’s also the overnight shift host/announcer at WCLV Classical 104.9.   She does all this without batting an eyelash or breaking a sweat. And oh yeah, she’s taking ballet classes at the Beck Center for the Arts.

Ms. Mitchell made her Theatre in the Circle debut last February in a sold-out run of “Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well & Living In Paris,” but started building her musical theatre resume as Emma in Jekyll & Hyde at French Creek Theatre and as Cinderella in Lorain Community Music Theater’s production of Into The Woods.

Soprano Angela is classically trained and credentialed with both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Vocal Performance and has extensive experience in opera.  Her star turn as Agnes in “I Do! I Do!” will likely be her Clevelandmusical theatre swan song since she and her husband, Brett Mitchell, associate conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra, move to Denver this fall as Brett takes over the Music Director’s reins of the Colorado Symphony.

“She’s a real delight in rehearsal and performance,” say Directors Bill & Mark Corcoran of Ms. Mitchell. “She comes to rehearsals very prepared and ready to work, a real pro. and in performance, she brings her A-Game every single time - beautiful, talented and whip smart.”

Get Your Tickets for "I Do! I Do!"

Published May 1, 2017 in the May newsletter of Theatre in the Circle

Appearing as Musetta in La bohème

On Saturday, June 10 at 7:30pm, Angela will appear as Musetta in Puccini's La bohème, her company debut with The Cleveland Opera. This will be her second time performing the role, after tackling it in 2013 with Kingwood Summer Opera. 

This is a new, fully staged production complete with chorus, costuming, sets, staging, and The Cleveland Opera Orchestra, all under the baton of Grzegorz Nowak. Sung in the original Italian with English translation projected, it will take place at the historic Ohio Theatre in PlayhouseSquare, Cleveland. 

Role debut: Agnes in "I Do! I Do!"

Angela will return to Theatre in the Circle to perform the role of Agnes in "I Do! I Do!", a musical by Harvey Schmidt with book and lyrics by Tom Jones. The two-character story spans fifty years, from 1895 to 1945, as it focuses on the ups and downs experienced by Agnes and Michael Snow throughout their marriage. 

There are five performances, all taking place at Judson Manor
Thursday, June 22 at 7:30 p.m. 
Friday, June 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 24 at 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 25 at 2:00 p.m. 

Review: "Epitome of youth and optimism" in Jacques Brel

The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Laura DeMarco has reviewed "Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris," recently presented by Theatre in the Circle. Here's an excerpt of the write-up:

"The singing in the four-actor show was sublime, as was the interplay between the actors. Angela Mitchell and Mason Stewart were the epitome of youth and optimism as the younger lovers, while the older and wiser Marc Moritz and Tina D. Stump, both Equity actors, projected a tender world-weariness."

Read the entire review here

"Into the Woods" wins big in BroadwayWorld Cleveland awards

Lorain Community Music Theater's production of "Into the Woods," in which Angela Mitchell appeared as Cinderella, has racked up six awards in the 2016 BroadwayWorld Cleveland Regional Awards, including:

Best Production of a Musical
Best Actress in a Musical - Marlene Karpinski (The Witch)
Best Director of a Musical - Dr. Ted Williams
Best Musical Director of a Musical - Anthony Trifiletti
Best Choreographer of a Musical - Pamela Shirtz
Best Costume Design of a Musical - Claudette Campana

Read more at LorainCounty.com and The Chronicle-Telegram.

Role debut: Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris

Angela Mitchell will appear as Woman #2 in Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Pairs, presented by Theatre in the Circle. This musical revue by Belgian songwriter Jacques Brel premiered in 1968 and has since been produced thousands of times all over the world. 

Jacques Brel will be presented in three performances: February 10 & 11 at 7:30 p.m. and February 12 at 2:00 p.m. All shows are in the ballroom of the historic Judson Manor, 1890 East 107th Street in University Circle, Cleveland. 

Premiering New Opera Scenes

Angela Mitchell will perform in Cleveland Opera Theater's New Opera Works {NOW} Festival, a collaboration with the Cleveland Composers Guild.  The “New Works Gallery” workshop will feature selections and scenes from new operas by Guild members. Works were selected via a blind submission process and will be performed with chamber orchestra.

Angela will be showcased in the premieres of scenes from two operas: Voice of the Lake by Margaret Brouwer and Remembering the Pines by Nicholas Underhill. 

There are two performances: Friday, January 20 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, January 22 at 3:00 p.m.
Both shows take place in Fynette Kulas Recital Hall at Baldwin Wallace University, 49 Seminary Street in Berea, Ohio. 

Returning to the Akron Symphony

Angela Mitchell will return to the Akron Symphony to serve as host and song leader for a pair of concerts entitled "Link Up: The Orchestra Rocks." In partnership with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, Link Up pairs orchestras across the country with schools in their local communities. It’s a highly participatory program that invites students to learn about orchestral repertoire through a yearlong, hands-on music curriculum.

There are two performances on March 21, 2017, both at the Akron Civic Theatre, at 9:45 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.  For more information click here.

Quire Cleveland featured in BBC Music Magazine

Quire Cleveland, the ensemble with which Angela Mitchell sings, has been featured in the Winter edition of BBC Music Magazine. The ensemble's upcoming "Carols for Quire" program is #2 on the list of "20 Live Events for Christmas in North America."

Quire Cleveland, a professional chamber choir founded in 2008, has already made its mark with its annual 'Carols for Quire' programme. The ensemble will offer familiar carols, several lesser-known Spanish Christmas songs and a setting of the hymn Conditor alme siderum in the Mohawk Indian language, newly reconstructed by Quire Cleveland's artistic director, Ross Duffin.