Ten Questions with
Angela Brown, soprano
Addie Parker in Charlie Parker’s Yardbird
1. Where were you born / raised?
I was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana.
2. If you weren’t a singer, what profession would you be in?
I would be a makeup artist or fashion designer.
3. The first opera I was ever in was…
Aida! I was in the Ethiopian slave chorus in 1983 for Indianapolis Opera.
4. My favorite opera is…
Tosca by Puccini.
5. My favorite pre-show / post-show meal is…
A cup of lentil soup and a piece of crusty bread.
6. People would be surprised to know that…
I’m a vegetarian.
7. A few of my favorite books are…
The Color Purple, any coffee table travel book with beautiful pictures, the Bible, The Shack.
8. I like to binge watch…
9. What four people (living or deceased) would you like to invite for a dinner party?
Luther VanDross, Michael Jackson, Natalie Cole, and Whitney Houston.
10. Everyone should see Charlie Parker’s Yardbird because….
It is a total twist from the normal opera. It is something that everyone will enjoy and understand, especially with the supertitles. The music is palatable, easy to understand. You can even leave humming some tunes. And you learn more about Charlie Parker’s fascinating life.
Bonus: One question you wish someone would ask you (and the answer):
Q: Tell us about you accessory line, “It’s a DIVA Thang!”
A: It’s for the elegant, avant-guard woman who is never duplicated, but definitely appreciated.
(Ed. note: Find out more at its-a-diva-thang.myshopify.com)
Don’t miss the chance to see Angela in Charlie Parker’s Yardbird, the Midwest premiere of this acclaimed new opera about the legendary saxophone player. Performances are February 10 and 12 in the Capitol Theater. Tickets start at $25; visit madisonopera.org for more information.