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Founder Donna Angel Wins International Opera Award

posted May 30, 2014, 11:05 AM by Catherine Giel   [ updated Jan 31, 2017, 8:11 AM ]

CAPITOL CITY OPERA company FOUNDER wins international lifetime achievement award


Donna Angel to be Honored at Opera Volunteers Conference

in San Francisco June 20


ATLANTA -- Capitol City Opera Company Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus Donna Angel will be given the Partners in Excellence Lifetime Award by Opera Volunteers International at their annual conference which will be held jointly with OPERA America in San Francisco in June.  This will be the first time the award has been given to an individual from Georgia.  Angel will receive the award at OVI’s Awards Dinner on Friday, June 20 at San Francisco’s War Memorial Opera House.

With the Partners in Excellence Lifetime Award, Opera Volunteers International (OVI) honors individuals or support groups who have made outstanding contributions to their opera companies and their communities.  Angel, who founded Capitol City Opera Company (CCOC) in 1983, was nominated by the CCOC Board of Directors to recognize her exceptional dedication and singular vision in creating an opera company whose sole purpose is to champion Atlanta’s local opera talent.  Under Donna’s leadership, Capitol City Opera Company has provided a training ground for Atlanta’s young opera singers by creating opportunities for them to learn and perform repertoire and refine their vocal and acting skills on a professional level.


“For those of us involved in Capitol City Opera Company, we have long recognized Donna’s extraordinary achievements.  She has an unparalleled passion for nurturing opera talent, and has remained focused on that mission through Capitol City Opera Company for more than 30 years.  We are very happy to see her honored publicly for her work,” comments CCOC Board President Cory Colton.


Michael Nutter, who took over the artistic director reins from Angel in 2008, says, “I am so pleased to see Donna recognized for her unflagging commitment to educating young singers.  There are many singers enjoying successful careers today because of Donna.  In creating and dedicating herself to Capitol City Opera Company over the years, she has provided performance opportunities for Atlanta singers allowing them to take the next step toward their professional careers.”


“I am just thrilled,” comments Angel.  “Opera education has been my mainstay throughout my life.  I can’t envision myself doing anything else.  I am grateful to the CCOC Board of Directors for nominating me and to OVI for recognizing the hard work of opera volunteers.”


Atlanta Boy Choir Founder and Director Fletcher Wolfe, one of Angel’s many fans in Atlanta’s performing arts community, comments, “It is a real pleasure to learn that Donna will receive this award.  I have known Donna since she came to Atlanta a half century ago to sing in my opera company, The Atlanta Chamber Opera Society. Her Capitol City Opera Company has provided so many young singers the same opportunities she had experienced as well as given Atlanta some remarkable opera performances.  Donna and her late husband, Attorney Henry Angel, devoted their lives to the development of opera for the people, and she deserves the honor recognizing their commitment to opera in Atlanta.”



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Donna Angel founded Capitol City Opera Company in 1983 to provide Atlanta-area classically trained singers the opportunity to learn and perform complete opera roles and to continue to develop their post-graduate vocal and acting skills on a professional level.


An accomplished singer, Donna has performed with the New Orleans Summer Pops Orchestra, The New Orleans Philharmonic, the Colombian National Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Goldovsky Opera, Northwestern Opera Theatre, Kennesaw Opera Theatre, New Orleans Opera, and the Atlanta Chamber Opera Society.


A graduate of Newcomb College in New Orleans, Donna received a master’s degree in voice from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. She also studied at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, and the Tanglewood Institute and Berkshires Festival in Lenox, Massachusetts.

Donna studied under vocal coaches Marjorie Lawrence, Robert Bernauer, Irene Jordan, Janice Harsanyi, Phyllis Curtin, Norman Treigle, Dalton Baldwin, Ryan Edwards, Gerard Souzay, Robert Gay, and Fletcher Wolfe.

Over the course of her career, Donna's passion for opera education led her to become founder and director of Kennesaw State College Opera Theatre; director of Clark College Atlanta Opera Workshop; leader of Advanced Teen Voice and Adult Master classes at the Galloway Center for the Arts; and Founder and Artistic Director of Friends of Opera.

Donna also has taught in private studios in Lexington, Virginia; Greenville, South Carolina; and in metro Atlanta.  Donna served as Artist In Residence at Clark Atlanta College; Kennesaw State College;  The Cathedral of St. Philip; The Atlanta Boy Choir School of Music; The Galloway Center for the Arts; and Callanwolde Fine Arts Center.

Donna's awards and honors include Pi Kappa Lambda National Honorary, Music; Who's Who in American Musicians (S.C.); Coordinator and Adjudicator Mobile Opera Guild Audition. Her students have consistently placed tops in NATS, GMTA, Brevard Opera, Westminster Choir College, Goldovsky Competition, and McAlister Awards.