Angela Gooch has spent a great deal of her career as an operatic soprano. An avid performer, she has appeared in many operas with Opera Boston, a company dedicated to presenting innovative repertoire choices and important but rarely performed works.
She has performed and covered a variety of roles in operas including Der Freischütz, Fidelio, The Nose, The Bartered Bride, Candide, The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, Le Grande Duchess of Gérolstein, the world premiere of Zhou Long’s Madame White Snake, and Robert Ward’s Pulitzer Prize–winning opera The Crucible.
Gooch performed as the Voice of the Fountain in Osvaldo Golijov’s Grammy Award–winning Ainadamar under the direction of Peter Sellars. She also created the role of Mary Lincoln in the world premiere of Eric Sawyer’s Our American Cousin with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and can be heard on the BMOP/sound label. Gooch recently recorded Samuel Barber’s Hand of Bridge and Ned Rorem’s Our Town, which received rave reviews from Opera News: “Angela Gooch’s lovely soprano has an attractive clarity which makes her eminently credible as Emily’s mother. Her heart-tugging aria projects very nicely over the chorus at the wedding.”
Gooch has performed with various symphonies and festivals including the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Tanglewood Festival, Red Mountain Chamber Orchestra, the Florestan Project, and, most recently, at the Monadnock Festival. She has also appeared as a featured performer at international venues including Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, the United States Presidential Yacht, the U.S.S. Sequoia, and in Italy at the Casa Verdi.
In addition to the Conservatory, she serves on the faculties at Boston University and Longy School of Music at Bard College, and was on the faculty of the Walnut Hill School for the Arts for 17 years, 10 of which as the head of the voice program. She has also a faculty member at the Boston University Tanglewood Young Artist Vocal Program and created a summer program tour in Italy.
Gooch has been honored by the NFAA and named in the Who’s Who Among American Teachers as one the arts’ most distinguished teachers. Her students have gone on to perform with the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera Lindemann Young Artist Program, Merola Opera Program, Houston Grand Opera, and on Broadway.