"Not the Average Love-Wrought Soprano"


Third Eye's beautiful feminist opera about 17th century nun still rings relevant today

October 25th, 2017 | Maria Luisa | With Blood, With Ink | Third Eye Theatre Ensemble

I also appreciate that the female characters are the focus and that there is a positive and nurturing relationship depicted between Sor Juana and her Patroness Maria Luisa (beautifully sung and performed by Angela Born). The entire cast works well together to bring this refreshingly unique story to life with their exceptionally beautiful voices, buoyed by a thoughtful and complex score.
— Sheri Flanders and Josh Flanders for Chicagoland Musical Theatre

Oh my god, a gigantic shoutout to Angela Born who played Lucinda, the 15 year old daughter. Every time she opened her mouth, it was art. The singing was so good.
— Opera Box Score, 31 x 16, Show No. 46 "Hallowe'en Spooktacular"

Muhly's "Dark Sisters" receives powerful Chicago premiere from Third Eye Theatre Ensemble

October 22nd, 2016 | Lucinda | Dark Sisters | Third Eye Theatre Ensemble

Equally strong was Angela Born as Lucinda, Eliza’s 15-year-old daughter who resents being forced into marriage to a much older man but lacks the strength to leave the community with her mother. Born sang with a youthful, attractive soprano and brought dramatic conviction to her Act II aria.
— Lawrence A. Johnson for Chicago Classical Review

Angela Born, Photography by Clint Funk

New City's Top 5 of Everything 2016: Stage

December 15th, 2016 | Lucinda | Dark Sisters | Third Eye Theatre Ensemble

Top 5 Operas of 2016
“Der Rosenkavalier,” Lyric Opera of Chicago
“Das Rheingold,” Lyric Opera of Chicago
“Dark Sisters,” Third Eye Theatre Ensemble
“Don Quichotte,” Lyric Opera of Chicago
“Les Troyens,” Lyric Opera of Chicago
— Aaron Hunt for Newcity Stage

Third Eye Theatre provides a strong local premiere for Fairouz opera

November 1st, 2015 | Featured Artist | Concert of Mohammed Fairouz Music | Third Eye Theatre Ensemble

Soprano Angela Born delivered an impassioned performance of the extended song, Refugee Blues.
— Lawrence A. Johnson for Chicago Classical Review

Angela Born, Photography by MC Newman

Third Eye Theatre makes outstanding debut with Menotti’s “The Medium

November 1st, 2014 | Monica | The Medium | Third Eye Theatre Ensemble

Angela Born proved a terrific Monica. The young singer has a bright and lovely soprano and Born made the most of her vocal moments with an especially graceful rendition of her Act 2 Waltz. Yet she also brought fire and conviction to the play’s dramatic moments.
— Lawrence A. Johnson for Chicago Classical Review

Newcity's Top 5 of Everything 2014: Stage

December 24th, 2014 | Monica | The Medium | Third Eye Theatre Ensemble

Top 5 Operas of 2014
“Porgy and Bess,” Lyric Opera of Chicago
“The Medium,” Third Eye Theatre Ensemble
“Rusalka,” Lyric Opera of Chicago
“The Emperor of Atlantis/The Clever One,” Chicago Opera Theater
“The Rape of Lucretia,” Chicago Fringe Opera
— Aaron Hunt for Newcity Stage

Angela Born, Photography by Jonathan Cole

Preview: A Time-bending opera decades in the making

June 14th, 2013 | Meg Murry | A Wrinkle in Time | CU New Opera Works

From the opening, with Meg’s lyrical and nostalgic aria about her father’s teachings, the audience is transported into a starry-skied world of imagination and science. As Angela Born sings “you taught me pi is poetry,” we know this is not the average love-wrought soprano.
— Ruth Carver for Denver Classical Music Examiner

CU Opera performs magnificent version of Mark Adamo's 'Little Women

April 25th, 2013 | Beth | Little Women | CU Opera Program

In most opera reviews, the bulk of the ink is devoted to the cast’s performance, the director’s concept, the conductor’s interpretation. But there are times when performers and producers subordinate themselves so much to the music, to the vision of the composer, it is impossible to turn the focus away from the music itself. Whether this is conscious, the immersion is so complete that the reaction is less “What a great performance!” than “What a magnificent work of art!...Angela Born imbue[s] the doomed Beth with a palpable pathos, Born taking a slightly more fragile approach.
— Kelly Dean Hansen for Boulder Daily Camera

Angela Born, Photography by Lu Zang