The news comes a week after D’Angelo’s Covent Garden debut in the role of Sesto in La clemenza di Tito, in a new production directed by Richard Jones and conducted by Mark Wigglesworth. The 26-year-old Italian-Canadian, who has been taking the opera world by storm since 2018, will be releasing her first album under the prestigious label on October 8. According to Yellow Label the album, titled ‘enargeia’, will feature four composers and was initially inspired by the medieval abbess, mystic and polymath Hildegard von Bingen. The album also includes original works by American composers Missy Mazzoli and Sarah Kirkland Snider, as well as vocal works by the Grammy Award-winning Hildur Guðnadóttir.
“It’s a tremendous honour to join Deutsche Grammophon at such an exciting time in the label’s history,” said D’Angelo. “In the spirit of artistic adventure and creativity, the DG team supported my idea of exploring the ancient concept of enargeia – which permeates all the music on this album – and together we’ve created a cohesive listening experience from these extraordinary works. Above all, we share a passion for communicating in ways that can move, inspire and connect people.”
Known for her strong vocals and versatility, the singer became a member of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artists Development Program in 2017, before making her debut on the Met stage in 2018. In that same year, D’Angelo made history by being the first person, in 26 years, to win all four top prizes at the Operalia competition. She has only continued to add to her impressive list of roles and awards over the past few years, and has made recent performances as Dorabella in Così fan tutte, streamed live from La Scala, Milan, and Cherubino in Vincent Huguet’s new production of Le nozze di Figaro, conducted by Daniel Barenboim, at Berlin Staatsoper. Aside from her anticipated debut album, D’Angelo will also be making her role debut as Idamante in Idomeneo at the Munich Opera Festival this summer.