Angela Meade comes home for the holidays in benefit concert, Dec. 22
Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient (2012) and international opera star Angela Meade is returning to Centralia College for a benefit concert on Saturday, Dec. 22. Meade will perform on the Corbet Theatre stage, in Washington Hall, beginning at 2 p.m.
The benefit concert she will perform at Centralia College will honor her mother, Deborah, who succumbed to cancer this past year. The net proceeds will benefit music scholarships at Centralia College. The program will feature opera and holiday selections for the whole family.
Tickets for this are $20 general admission, $25 golden circle (1st eight rows), and $30 box seats. For tickets, please call 736-9391, ext. 777, or you may purchase at Book ‘n Brush, Chehalis. If you would like additional information, please contact Candy Lunke, Centralia College Events Coordinator, at 360.736.9391, ext. 605.
Meade is a native of Centralia who didn’t discover opera until she was a Centralia College student. She came to the college not sure what she wanted to do but thought that a career in medicine might be a suitable choice.
She enjoyed music and was encouraged to consider further studies in that field; Country-Western could have been the genre of choice, at least the one that was recommended to her.
She took an elective music class and began to take a closer look at opera. The music staff at the college encouraged her to explore her options. The fire was lit.
From Centralia College, Meade went on to Pacific Lutheran University to develop her singing talent. After earning her master’s at the University of Southern California, Meade was accepted into the Academy of Arts in Philadelphia, the dream of a lifetime.
She then won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, which propelled her onto winning more than 50 additional competitions.
Meade is a rising star in the world of opera. She won the Beverly Sills Artist Award for young singers and the Richard Tucker Award, awarded to an American singer poised on the edge of a major national and international career. It is hoped that the award acts as a well-timed catalyst to elevate the artist’s career to even greater heights.
Meade may have stumbled into the role that placed her on the international opera stage. In 2008, she was a last minute substitute in Verdi’s Ernani at the New York Met. She more than got noticed: Her performance was magical and her performance opened the door to a series of bookings across America and positioned her as a musical force.
She has learned a great deal about life from her experiences and passes along a very important message.
“You need to follow your dreams. Explore the fields you enjoy and find your passion,” Meade said. “If you’re not being fulfilled then look around and find something that excites you. It’s important to be doing what you are passionate about.”