AZO Cast Members & Creatives
Celebrated for her Fiordiligi at Spoleto USA as “Blonde and vivacious, with a soaring spinto voice that takes a high C easily, trills beautifully, and handles coloratura like a dream,” (Post and Courier) American soprano Angela Fout’s operatic repertoire ranges from classical to contemporary, and she is an avid concert and festival performer on the national and international stage.
After seven busy and exciting seasons living and working in Europe, Ms. Fout has recently returned to the United States, appearing with North Carolina Opera and Opera Memphis as Mimi in their productions of La boheme, as well as with Portland Symphony (opening their 90th season) and the Arizona Musicfest for performances of Janacek’s seldom-heard Glagolitic Mass. Since her return, she has also been invited to sing in recital and concert with Arizona Opera and with Gotham Chamber Opera, where she was hailed by the New York Times for her presentation of Pat Nixon’s aria from Nixon in China as “eloquent, simultaneously grand and hushed….It will be hard to hear the word ‘inviolate’ in the same way after her steely, implacable delivery.”
Ms. Fout’s dramatic appearances have included turns with New York City Opera, Spoleto Festival, Vancouver Opera, Minnesota Opera, Atlanta Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, and Wolf Trap Opera, and Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar where she has acquired roles in her repertoire such as Mozart ladies Fiordiligi in Cosi fan Tutte, Countess Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Pamina in The Magic Flute, and Elettra in Idomeneo, as well as the title roles in Susannah, La traviata, and Alcina. Other leading roles she has brought to the stage include Mimi in La boheme, Pat Nixon in Nixon in China, the Governess in Turn of the Screw, Micaela in Carmen, Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus, Romilda in Serse, and Rose in Street Scene.
Ms. Fout joined Theater St. Gallen in Switzerland in 2006, where she appeared in the premieres of Don Giovanni as Donna Anna, Wiener Blut as the Countess Zedlau, and in Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor as Frau Fluth. She remained on the full time roster for the next six seasons, for nearly twenty leading roles in all-new productions, including title roles in Arabella, Verdi’s Giovanna D’Arco, Madama Butterfly, Mayr’s Medea in Corinto, Violetta in La traviata and Die lustige Witwe. Other career highlights include performances as Amelia in Un ballo in maschera, Liza in Pique Dame, and Agathe in Der Freischutz.
After her recital with Spoleto USA, Charleston’s Post and Courier enthused: “Enter Angela Fout, as fine a vocalist as Spoleto has seen in many a year…her personality lent the set dramatic truth, and her voice subtle beauty.” Other concert engagements for Ms. Fout include a solo recital at the renowned Musical Instrument Museum in Arizona, Beethoven's Egmont, Op. 84 with Sinfonieorchester St. Gallen, solo appearances with Maryland Symphony Orchestra and Annapolis Opera Orchestra, Baucis in Philemon and Baucis with Orchestra of St. Luke's, a Gilbert and Sullivan Concert with the National Symphony, Mozart’s Requiem with the Wheeling Symphony, Killer B's and South of the Border recitals with Stephen Blier at Wolf Trap. Ms. Fout has appeared as a soloist in An Evening of Chamber Music, The Wednesday at One series, and the prestigious Juilliard Honors Recital at Alice Tully Hall.
Angela Fout was a recipient of the Schaenen Foundation Career Grant, the First Prize winner of the Connecticut Opera Competition, a Finalist in the Eleanor Mc Collum Competition with Houston Grand Opera, a National Semi-finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, a first prize winner of the Palm Beach Opera Competition, as well as the grand prize and audience choice winner of the Annapolis Opera Competition. She is also a two-time recipient of a Shouse Grant from the Wolf Trap Opera Company, as well as an awardee of the Zachary competition, Opera Index, The Rosa Ponselle International Competition, The National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, and The Schloss Leopoldskron Lieder Competition in Salzburg, Austria.
Baltimore native Angela Fout completed her Bachelor of Music degree at The Juilliard School, where she received a full merit scholarship, and then moved directly into the Juilliard Opera Center. Upon completion of her studies, Juilliard Opera Center awarded her their most prestigious prize, the DeRosa Career Grant.
Ms. Fout is thrilled to debut in the leading role of Lona Farrell with Arizona Opera as they become the first major U.S. opera house to premiere Emmerich Kálmán’s musical treasure, the German operetta Arizona Lady to open their 2015/16 season.