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Awet Andemicael

About this Artist

Soprano AWET ANDEMICAEL's ethereal artistry was acclaimed following recent performances of Messiah with Boston's Handel & Haydn Society. In the 2006/07 season, she makes her debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic repeating her sought-after interpretation of Trujamán in Falla's El Retablo de Maese Pedro. Also this season, she sings further performances of the Falla work with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Clara in Porgy and Bess with Tulsa Opera, and Messiah at Carnegie Hall. In addition to her performances of Messiah with the Handel & Haydn Society in the 2005/06 season, she sang Nanetta in Falstaff at France's Festival Lyrique-en-Mer, Carmina Burana with the Milwaukee Symphony under the baton of Andreas Delfs, and El Retablo de Maese Pedro in Washington, D.C.

In the summer of 2003, Andemicael made her European debut as Clara in Porgy and Bess with the Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg. In recent seasons she has also sung Trujamán with the Boston Symphony under the baton of Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, performances which she repeated at the Tanglewood Festival; the Sandman and Dew Fairy in Hänsel und Gretel as well as Voluptua in Barab's comic one-act opera, La Pizza con Funghi, with the Hat City Music Theater; and a recital of songs by Libby Larsen and Vernon Duke, sponsored by Joy in Singing.

Other past engagements include Adele in Die Fledermaus at San Diego Lyric Opera, her first performances of Trujamán, with the Brooklyn Philharmonic at BAM, a school tour with the Los Angeles Opera as Ashley in The Letter, Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia with the Opera Company of Brooklyn, and Orfeo ed Euridice with the Caramoor Music Festival.

In addition to her operatic performances, Andemicael is an adept oratorio singer. She has sung numerous concerts in the Los Angeles area, including performances of Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Mozart's "Sparrow" Mass, and Bach's Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen. Concert appearances in Massachusetts include performances with the Harvard Baroque Orchestra, Harvard Bach Society Orchestra, Harvard University Choir, and Youth Pro Musica ensembles. Also an enthusiastic recitalist, she has presented song recitals in Southern California and Connecticut, with repertoire ranging from baroque masterpieces to contemporary premieres. Her discography includes a recording of ragtime music with the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra and a world-premiere recording of Lotti's Mass for Three Choirs with the Harvard University Choir.

Recently named a San Diego District winner and a Western Regional Finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions, Andemicael is also the Second Prize Winner of the 2003 Oratorio Society of New York Solo Competition at Carnegie Hall. She has also won the Lee Schaenen Foundation Scholarship Award (2003), the Friedrich Schorr Memorial Performance Prize (2002), the Pasadena Opera Guild Awards (2002), and the Bel Canto Scholarship Foundation First Place Scholarship (2001). In addition, she was named a finalist in the George London Foundation Auditions (2002), the Palm Beach Opera Competition (2003), and the Valsesia-Music Competition in Varallo Sesia, Italy (2002); and has received grants from the BEEM and FéBland Foundations of Southern California. She holds degrees from Harvard University and the University of California at Irvine.