Praised for her versatility and range, soprano Angela De Venuto is becoming known as a dramatic force in Classical music. In addition to the standard repertory, Ms. De Venuto's affinity for new music has made her a sought after interpreter by many of today’s established and up and coming composers of vocal music.
Ms. De Venuto most recently made her role debut as Musetta (La Bohème) with The Savannah Voice Festival and as the title role of Alice Riley (Michael Ching) under the baton of Andrew Bisantz. Ms. De Venuto has portrayed a wide range of characters, including: Emily Webb (Our Town), Mrs Grose (The Turn of the Screw), Drusilla (L’Incoronazione di Poppea), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), the title role of Angélique, Adele (Die Fledermaus), Amore (The Return of Ulysses) with DePaul Opera Theatre; Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), and premiered the roles of Sarah Davenport and Jane in Michael Ching’s Anna Hunter with The Savannah Voice Festival; Despina (Cosí fan tutte) with DuPage Opera Theatre; Miss Jessel (The Turn of the Screw) with Chicago Fringe Opera; Marzelline (Fidelio) with Intermezzi; Maria (West Side Story) with the Northwest Chicago Symphony.
In concert and recital settings, Ms. De Venuto has performed as soloist under the baton of Maestro Marin Alsop singing Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 by Villa-Lobos, with Ensemble 20+, a Chicago based contemporary music ensemble, the Music Institute of Chicago, the Metropolis Chamber Orchestra, St. Paul’s Chamber Orchestra of Evanston, and DePaul University’s Symphony Orchestra, singing pieces from the concert canon such as Mozart’s Requiem and C Minor Mass, Faure’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Schubert’s Mass in G Major, and Orff’s Carmina Burana. New music highlights include Comala Suite by Zohn-Muldoon based on the novel Pedro Párama by Mexican author Juan Rulfo, Poems of Amy Lowell set by Benjamin Krause, and Estonian folk texts set by Leo Radosavljevic. Notable composer collaborations include, Thomas Pasatieri, Libby Larsen, and her husband, singer, pianist, and composer, Leo Radosavljevic.
Most recently, Ms. De Venuto was a quarter-finalist in the 12th International Telemann Competition held in Telemann’s birthplace of Magdeburg, Germany and was named a Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council competition (2019).
Ms. De Venuto has been awarded first prizes in the Evanston Music Club Competition (2018), Classical Singer competition Emerging Professional Division (2017), Musician’s Club of Women (2017), the Sherrill Milnes Opera Idol competition (2016), and she won 2nd place in the Harold Haugh Light Opera Competition (2018). Working in collaboration with her husband, they received 2nd prize in Chicago’s 3rd annual SongSlam art song competition with his setting of Eleanor Roosevelt’s address to the United Nations in 1948 (Words of Eleanor).
While an active performer, Ms. De Venuto holds faculty positions at the Music Institute of Chicago, Lyriq Music School, as well as a private studio in Chicago. Her students have won awards with the Metropolitan Opera National Council Association, Schumann Competition, Marcella Sembrich, as well as gained admittance into schools such as, Northwestern University and DePaul University. She is also the executive director of Intermezzi, a blossoming not-for-profit performing arts platform that was born from the COVID pandemic producing and performing in their inaugural festival celebrating the life and work of Beethoven for his 250th anniversary.