Biography

Anna read English and Theatre Studies at the University of Warwick where she twice won the Concerto Competition studying singing under Rosalind Roberts and was a performer, director and music director for many operatic and musical theatre productions at Warwick Arts Centre.

She subsequently enrolled on the advanced opera course at Birkbeck college, London, and studied for many years under Jane Highfield, Professor of Vocal Studies at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the Royal Academy of Music. Anna currently studies with Louise Crane, Birmingham Conservatoire.

In 2004, Anna made her professional operatic debut in Purcell’s The Fairy Queen in a production which toured to festivals including the Chelsea Festival (Cadogan Hall), Worcester Three Choirs Festival and the Salisbury International festival to much critical acclaim. Other operatic roles include Second Lady in The Magic Flute at Warwick Arts Centre, the Brighton Theatre Royal and the Barbican Centre, Papagena in the same opera at the Helix Theatre, Dublin, and Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, and the role of Belinda in Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas on a number of occasions, including singing alongside Emma Kirkby at St John Smith’s Square, London, and on tour to parts of Italy.

Anna was a founding member of Barefoot Opera Company, which aims to take opera back to basics, telling stories using bodies and voices with minimum instrumentation. As such, she undertook the role of Oberto in the company’s production of Handel’s Alcina as part of the Arcola Theatre’s 2011 Grimeborn Festival of Opera. The production was then filmed on location in Sussex by award winning film maker Nichola Bruce.

In September 2011, Anna started working for the Royal Shakespeare Company, singing in A Celebration of the Life and Works of Nicholas Nickleby, Hardy Said and Sung, and two new plays which ran from October 2011 to March 2012; David Edgar’s Written on the Heart (which transferred to the West End) and Helen Edmundson’s The Heresy of Love. In the 2012-13 season Anna spent six months singing in Boris Godunov as well as performing in the premiere Jonathan Girling’s new work Anya, and in the 2013-14 season Anna featured in Richard II starring David Tennant which transferred to the Barbican and was broadcast to cinemas worldwide. Anna was the soloist in Marlowe’s The Jew of Malta in the 2015 summer season and features on several RSC CDs; Loves’ Labours Lost, The Merchant of Venice and Richard II.

As a soloist for Armonico Consort, Anna has performed works such as Brahms’ Requiem, Carissimi’s Jephte, Duke Ellington’s Third Sacred Concert with the Fine Arts Brass Ensemble, Bach’s St John Passion and St Matthew Passion, Handel’s Messiah, Vivaldi’s Ostro picta, armata spina with the Orchestra of the Baroque, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Haydn’s St John Mass, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater in Sardinia, the World Premiere of Jonathan Girling’s The Long Lost Son featuring percussionist Evelyn Glennie, and the World Premiere of Francesco Scarlatti’s Dixit Dominus at the Wigmore Hall and also in Naples, Italy. Anna features on Armonico’s CD recordings: Scarlatti’s Dixit Dominus, Victoria Requiem, Britten Ceremony of Carols and Purcell The Fairy Queen (The Evening Standard’s CD of the Week).

Other highlights include Haydn’s Nelson Mass at Trinity College, Oxford, Carmina Burana for the Coventry Godiva Festival, Haydn’s Missa Brevis in F and Faure’s Requiem for Worcester Cathedral Chamber Choir, Beethoven’s Mass in C for the Reading University Chorus and the role of Elsie in two productions of The Yeoman of the Guard. Anna is also a founding member of Luminatus, an East Midlands based professional choir.

Anna was the singing teacher for Lichfield Cathedral’s Girl Choristers and the Vocal Coordinator at Lichfield Cathedral School for seven years as well as teaching at The Croft Preparatory School, Stratford Upon Avon and Worksop College. Having located to Lincolnshire, Anna is now an Associate Lecturer at Lincoln University as well as teaching at Lincoln Priory LSST Academy and Spalding High School.