Soprano Angela Mortellaro possesses a captivating stage presence and consistently delivers in a wide range of vocal styles and demands. “The luscious tonal and physical beauty, fluent coloratura and vivacious stage presence Mortellaro brings to the title role makes us root for [her] right out of the gate.” (Chicago Tribune)
Mortellaro has sung leading roles in Lucia di Lammermoor, Roméo et Juliette, Thaïs, L’elisir d’amore, Le nozze di Figaro and more. She has participated in the creation of several notable World Premier productions including Charlie Parker’s Yardbird, Silent Night, and The Manchurian Candidate with companies such as the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Minnesota Opera, and Opera Phildadelphia, and appeared in Silent Night’s television premier on PBS. It has been reported: “Perhaps the most impressive of all was Mortellaro, whose surprisingly powerful lyric soprano carried excitingly through the house.” (Opera News)
Mortellaro has performed more than twenty principle roles from the standard operatic repertoire, playing a variety of characters convincingly as she “has a great character actor’s gift of disappearing into a role.” (Pioneer Press) The Soprano has sung five Donizetti heroines: Adina in L’elisir d’amore with the Dorset Opera Festival (UK), Norina in Don Pasquale with Sarasota Opera, Galatea in Il Pigmalione and the title role in Rita with Chicago Opera Theater, and Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor with Minnesota Opera, Dayton Opera, and Opera North. She has been described as a “perfect” Adina, and gave a “riveting - and heart-wrenching” portrayal of Lucia. Of her performances in Chicago as Galatea and Rita, “There’s not a moment when she is around that you don’t realize that she is on stage.” - Opera Wire, 2018
Distinguished roles in Mortellaro’s repertoire include Juliette in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette with Minnesota Opera, and a “tour de force” performance in the title role of Massenet’s Thais with Florida Grand Opera. In Mozart: Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro with Minnesota Opera and Despina in Cosi fan tutte with Sarasota Opera and Minnesota Opera, where she has been consistently praised for her acting, and was a “foxy” Despina, delivered with “expert comic timing.” (MinnPost) Other accomplishments are: Micaela in Bizet’s Carmen with Central City Opera, Musetta in Puccini’s La Boheme with Sarasota Opera, and more.
Mortellaro has appeared in concert singing the Soprano Soloist in Vaughn Williams' A Sea Symphony and Orff’s Carmina Burana with Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. She has sung Beethoven’s Mass in C, Bach’s Magnificat, Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, Samuel Barber’s Knoxville Summer of 1915, and James Whitborne’s oratorio, Anneliese. She has presented programs of Rogers & Hammerstein and Bernstein with Sarasota Orchestra and Orlando Philharmonic. She has appeared in recital with the Artist Series of Sarasota, and as a soloist in Galas presented by Opera Orlando and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.