Anna Harvey

Hailed as ‘simply wonderful’ by the New York Times and ‘remarkable’ by The Times, Sheffield-born mezzo-Soprano Anna Harvey recently won both the Toonkunst Oratorio Prize and Audience Prize at the International Vocal Competition s’Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands, having previously been awarded the London Bach Society Bach Singers Prize, a Leonard Ingrams Foundation Award from Garsington Opera, and a Dame Kiri Te Kanawa Scholarship.

Anna is currently the Welsh National Opera Associate Artist and recipient of The Chris Ball Bursary. A graduate of the University of Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Music, Anna studied on the Opera Course under Elizabeth Ritchie and Iain Ledingham, was a RAM/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Scholar and a member of Song Circle, and graduated with the Alumni Development Award for a singularly distinguished studentship.

The 2017/2018 season sees Anna making her debuts with Welsh National Opera (as Prince Orlofsky Die Fledermaus in a national tour), Nevill Holt Opera (as Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro), the Manchester Camerata (in a tour of Mozart Requiem), the Al Bustan Festival in Beirut (in a series of Bach concerts), Xi'an Symphony Orchestra in China (in Mahler Resurrection Symphony) and the Three Choirs Festival (in Lili Boulanger Psaume CXIII with the Philharmonia Orchestra). Other highlights include Ramiro La Finta Giardiniera at the Lammermuir and Chiltern Arts Festivals, a return to Longborough Festival Opera as Nerone in L'incoronazione di Poppea, and returning to perform in concert with The English Concert, Gabrieli, Arcangelo, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and at the Wigmore Hall.

The 2016/2017 season saw Anna make her BBC Proms and Aldeburgh Festival debuts, as well as her Swiss and German operatic debuts. At the Verbier Festival in Switzerland Anna performed IV/Schlepptragerin Elektra under Esa-Pekka Salonen and Larina Eugene Onegin under Stanislav Kochanovsky, and in Germany Anna performed at the Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar (Zulma L’Italiana in Algeri, Zweite Dame Die Zauberflöte, Groom/Theatregardrobiere/Gymnasiast Lulu, Kay Die Schneekönigin), Landestheater Altenburg / Bühnen der Stadt Gera (Leonard Evers Gold!), Theater Nordhausen (Page Salome) and Theater Chemnitz (Goffredo Rinaldo). Anna’s performances in the UK during the season included cover Octavian Der Rosenkavalier for Welsh National Opera, Ramiro La Finta Giardiniera for Ryedale Festival Opera, concert performances at the Aldeburgh Festival, with La Nuova Musica and the Royal Choral Society, and a recording for Hyperion with Archangelo. A particular highlight was performing at the 2016 Last Night of the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, in Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Sakari Oramo.

In the 2015/2016 season, operatic engagements included La Grosse Dame Les mamelles de Tirésias (Dutch National Opera), Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro and Bradamante Alcina (Longborough Festival Opera) and cover Serafin Figaro Gets a Divorce (Welsh National Opera). In concert, Anna performed at the Royal Festival and Cadogan Halls, and at the Spitalfields, Gstaad and Beaune Festivals.

Highlights in previous seasons include the title role Ariodante at the London Handel Festival, a programme of Bach cantatas under Masaaki Suzuki at Lincoln Center, New York, and performances with opera companies and orchestras including Birmingham Opera Company, West Green Opera, Tête à Tête, Garsington Opera , BBC Concert Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, London Mozart Players, English Chamber Orchestra and the Hallé at The Bridgewater Hall. A keen exponent of song repertoire, Anna has performed recitals at the Holywell Music Room, Kettle’s Yard Cambridge and Wigmore Hall.

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