By Cheryl Brown –
The Riverside Philharmonic this season is celebrating 50 years of providing classical music to the public. Increasingly that public is more diverse. That was not more evident than the presentation recently of Angel Blue, a soprano voice, with beautiful clarity and great stamina. She was a smashing success.
Blue, who returned home to perform, has roots in the Inland Empire where she attended Redlands University and obtained a Bachelor of Music Degree. She went on to receive her Master of Music Degree in Opera Performance from UCLA and is an alumni of the prestigious Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. There she studied both voice and classical piano.
Judging from her performance on stage at the Municipal Auditorium she was well prepared for the task of telling the story through operatic song in her perfect presentation.
Ms. Blue made her orchestral debut at the age of 21 with the Redlands Symphony and has been the featured soloist with the Redlands, West Los Angeles, Valdosta, (Georgia) and the Korean (Germany) Symphonies as well as the California and Riverside Philharmonic Orchestras.
In the 2008-2009 season at the San Francisco Opera Company she sang the role of Clara in Porgy and Bess. Ms Blue is a top winner in both Opera and Zarzuela in the Placido Domingo international competition, Operalia. She was an NAACP ACT-SO winner in Classical Voice Competition and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion’s Emerging Young Entertainers Award and the Redlands Bowl Competition and many others.
She currently resides in Valencia, Spain where she is a part of the Artistas de la Academia Placido Domingo del Palau de les Arts. She proved the LA Times right last month in Riverside, “She has killer high notes and killer theatrical instincts.”
The night’s guest conductor, originally from Japan, was Heiichiro Ohyama, who performed magnificently, professionally and with loads of personality.
They were backed by an outstanding Symphony Roster of 72 all-professional musicians from all over the U.S. Dubbed the best Philharmonic orchestra in Southern California, “The Philharmonic seeks to inspire every segment of the community with the love and excitement of great music,” said Music Director of 18 years, Patrick Flynn.
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