Opera star Angela Brown reflects on Hoosier roots, achieving her success

Brown currently on stage for ISO's Yuletide

INDIANAPOLIS - This holiday season, a world-renowned singing sensation is back in her hometown and wowing Hoosiers with her powerful voice in the annual Yuletide performance.

"This is my first foray into the Yuletide pandemonium that it is. It's such a big show," said Indiana native Angela Brown. "I had no idea what went into doing a Yuletide, but I'm up for the challenge."

Brown's dynamic personality shines, and her powerful voice lights up any stage.

"I've always been on stage, in front of something. It was just what I was born to do," Brown said.

Most recently, Brown has been front and center at Hilbert Circle Theater.

Brown's love for performing takes her all over the globe, but the roads always lead her back to her Indiana roots.

"People are friendly, and I have a good time here," she said. "My family is here."

Home for the holidays, the singing sensation is on a whirlwind tour -- warming hearts on a cool night at the Circle of Lights celebration and singing the national anthem at a Colts game.

Brown grew up at 30th and Broadway and attended Crispus Attucks High School.

"I thought I wanted to be a health career professional, but I always had the music in me," Brown said. "I started singing when I was 5 years old in my grandfather's church."

It wasn't long before opera struck a chord with Brown.

"Opera was something that fit me like a glove, from the first time I went in for a voice lesson."

Now, Brown wants others to experience opera like never before. 

Brown brings a unique perspective in her one-woman show "Opera from a Sistah's Point of View."

"I wanted to edu-tain, if you will, an audience that normally wouldn't go and for me at first, that was an African-American audience," she said. "Because, let's just face it, it was out on the stages of the world and I could still maybe count somebody that looked like me, maybe count."

This Hoosier success story hit a high note in 2004 with New York's highly acclaimed metropolitan opera. She was an understudy for the title role of Aida, and then preparation met opportunity.

"And just so happens, that person got sick, and just so happens God deemed it that I sang my face off that night," she said.

Overnight, the Indianapolis soprano was acclaimed as the future of opera.

"So sometimes it's just about being patient, and waiting your turn," Brown said.

Brown hopes to inspire others to prepare and be ready for their big moment.

Brown will be on stage at ISO's Yuletide Celebration through Dec. 23.

For a schedule of her other events, click here.

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