Praised for her fire and conviction on stage, Angela Born is a soprano based in Chicago, Illinois.
In 2018, Angela opened the year with a production of Der Freischütz, performing the role of Ännchen with Opera on Tap, Chicago. Following this, she performed the role of Lady Avdotya Ignatyevna in Andrey Komanetsky’s Bobok based on a short story by Fyodor Dostoevsky with Thompson Street Opera Company. In the early summer, Ms. Born performed the role of Serpetta in Mozart’s La finta giardiniera with the Chicago Vocal Arts Consortium in the Neo-Commedia style. In the fall of 2018, Ms. Born is proud to be performing the role of Patience in Paula Kimper’s groundbreaking opera Patience and Sarah with Third Eye Theatre Ensemble.
In the summer of 2018, Ms. Born also toured a production of a concert called There Always, Something Sings. This concert was partially funded by DCASE, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. This concert is a musical exploration of religious division and unity. Featuring music by American composers of varied religious and cultural backgrounds, this recital is our reflection on the power of peaceful dialogue and the brutal repercussions of cultural division.
In 2017, Ms. Born was proud to join Third Eye Theatre Ensemble again for the Midwestern premiere of Daniel Crozier’s With Blood, With Ink performing the role of Maria Luisa. This opera tells the chilling and beautiful story of the life of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, the iconic 17th century Mexican poetess and nun.
Angela opened the 2016 season performing the titular role in Princess Ida with the Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company. After then reprising her role of Suor Genovieffa with Opera West in Suor Angelica, Angela continued on to have a rewarding season performing in the world premiere of Francis Lynch's chamber opera "Joseph's Gift," as well as participating in the Midwestern premiere of Nico Muhly’s Dark Sisters as Lucinda with Third Eye Theatre Ensemble.
After completing her Masters in Vocal Performance at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Ms. Born moved to Chicago and has since been seen performing with Third Eye Theatre Ensemble, The Floating Opera Company, Opera West, Chicago Opera Playhouse, and the Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company. Ms. Born made her Chicago debut in 2014 as Monica in Third Eye Theatre Ensemble’s inaugural production of The Medium. This production landed the company the honor of “Top 5 Operas of 2014” by the New City Stage, and the distinction of “Best Debut Company” by the Chicago Classical Review. Angela then went on to perform with the opera outreach company, Chicago Opera Playhouse, as the Cheshire Cat and Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland, working directly with the composer, Adam Busch. Then, Ms. Born performed as Despina in a touring production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte with the Floating Opera Company. An avid advocate for performing socially relevant works, Ms. Born returned to perform Mohammed Fairouz’s extended art song, “Refugee Blues” with Third Eye Theatre Ensemble in 2015. After two critically acclaimed seasons performing with Third Eye Theatre Ensemble, Angela received the honor of becoming a company member with the organization.
Prior to her work in Chicago, Ms. Born was based in Boulder, Colorado. Ms. Born was a finalist in the Denver Lyric Opera Guild Competition of 2013. Angela also made her debut with the Loveland Opera Theatre as Musetta in Puccini's La Bohème. While with the CU Opera Program, Angela performed the roles of Beth in Mark Adamo’s Little Women, Suor Genovieffa in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Barbarina in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, and Mrs. Hayes in Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah. Ms. Born also covered the roles of Susanna in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro and Julie in Rodger and Hammerstein’s Carousel.
A fervent performer and promoter of new works, Ms. Born has had the pleasure of working with many new composers, including working directly with Libby Larsen workshopping Act I of her new opera A Wrinkle in Time as Meg Murry with CU New Opera Works. Angela also had the pleasure of working with Lori Laitman as a chorus member in her new opera Ludlow, also with CU New Opera Works. Ms. Born has also worked with Hugh Lobel and premiered his piece for piano, soprano, and fixed media “Wayward Atoms: Bornium” at the Midwest Composer’s Symposium. She also premiered K.D. Mueller’s “The Heavens Declare” for soprano and full orchestra at the historic Macky Auditorium in Boulder, Colorado. In the fall of 2016, Ms. Born had the pleasure of performing in the Midwestern premiere of Nico Muhly’s Dark Sisters as Lucinda with the Third Eye Theatre Ensemble.
Passionate for using art to make the world a more compassionate place, Ms. Born was the featured soloist for a St. Jude Children's Research Hospital benefit dinner in Peoria, Illinois in 2016. Ms. Born also sponsors two beautiful, playful children in Cruz Blanca, Guatemala through VisionTrust, an organization committed to serving the neediest children in the world. Passionate about the organization, Ms. Born traveled to Cruz Blanca in 2015 to work alongside local Guatemalan teachers, and led music for students in their native language.
Ms. Born received her Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2013 where she studied with Julie Simson. A student of the Institute of European Studies, Ms. Born studied voice in Vienna with Donna Robin in 2009. She received her Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance at Illinois Wesleyan University where she studied with Dr. Sam Scifres in 2010. Angela is currently a student of Theresa Brancaccio.