Joy is the hallmark of soprano Awet Andemicael’s artistry. She has been acclaimed for her “sparkling solo verses” (Opera News), “vivid musical personality” (Boston Globe), “honeyed tone” (San Francisco Classical Voice), “fine comic interplay and […] superb singing” (Washington Times). Closely associated with De Falla’s El Retablo de Maese Pedro, she has sung the role of El Trujamán with numerous ensembles, including the Boston Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and, most recently, the Knights at the Tanglewood Festival.
Awet is delighted to be making her debut with Conspirare. Awet’s special affinity for sacred music has been featured in concerts with the Bach Collegium Japan, the Handel and Haydn Society, at Carnegie Hall and the Ravinia and Aldeburgh Festivals, with the Symphonies of Pittsburgh, Nashville, Jacksonville, Richmond, and Memphis, and with the Sebastians Chamber Ensemble. Recent performances include sacred Baroque arias with the Charleston Symphony, Handel arias with the Orlando Philharmonic, Vivaldi and Mozart concert works with the Illinois Symphony, Messiah with the Colorado Bach Ensemble and the Charlotte Master Chorale, Mozart’s Requiem with the Charleston Symphony, and the world premiere of Bernard Gilmore’s oratorio, Journey to Freedom, in Southern California.
Awet’s discography includes Folia, an album of Baroque music recorded with the Sebastians Chamber Ensemble, as well as recordings with the Etherea Vocal Ensemble, the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, and the Harvard University Choir. Awet’s voice was also featured in the Warner Brothers film Miss Congeniality, singing an excerpt from Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte.
In addition to her work as a musician, Awet is a theological scholar, and has performed in her dual capacity at academic conferences and symposia, including events sponsored by the Center of Theological Inquiry (Princeton, NJ), the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship (Grand Rapids, MI), Durham University (UK), the Yale Center for British Art, and Duke Divinity School. She has served as a lecturer at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and Divinity School, as well as L’Université Chrétienne Bilingue du Congo in Beni, Democratic Republic of the Congo. In addition to several articles and book chapters on theological topics, she has authored a 2011 UNHCR study on artistic activity in refugee camps. Currently a PhD candidate in theology at Yale University, Awet holds degrees from Harvard University, Yale Divinity School and Institute of Sacred Music, UC Irvine, and the University of Notre Dame.
For more information on Awet’s musical performances and upcoming events, please visit her website: www.awetandemicael.com.