It isn’t every day that Theatre in the Circle’s director, Bill Corcoran, gets a text from his leading lady asking if he’ll bump the time of a rehearsal so she can take a gig singing grand opera.
As Nannetta in “Falstaff “ Moores Opera Center, University of Houston
The actress in question, Angela Mitchell, is in rehearsal for her role as Agnes in “I I Do! I Do!” an iconic role originated by Broadway-legend, Mary Martin. It’s a role demanding great range from the heart-rending, not-a-dry-eye-in-the-house “What Is A Woman?” to the bump-and-grind manifesto of “Flaming Agnes.”
So on June 10, Angela will rehearse the bold and brassy Agnes from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and then sing the role of Musetta in The Cleveland Opera’s production of “La Bohème” that evening. She’s also the overnight shift host/announcer at WCLV Classical 104.9. She does all this without batting an eyelash or breaking a sweat. And oh yeah, she’s taking ballet classes at the Beck Center for the Arts.
Ms. Mitchell made her Theatre in the Circle debut last February in a sold-out run of “Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well & Living In Paris”, but started building her musical theatre resume as Emma in “Jekyll & Hyde” at French Creek Theatre and as Cinderella in Lorain Community Music Theater’s “Into The Woods”.
Soprano Angela is classically trained and credentialed with both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Vocal Performance and has extensive experience in opera. Her star turn as Agnes in “I Do! I Do!” will likely be her Cleveland musical theatre swan song since she and her husband, Brett Mitchell, associate conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra, move to Denver this fall as Brett takes over the Musical Director’s reins of the Colorado Symphony.