Anna begins 2020 by performing the role of Fury 1 in Julian Wachner's frenetic opera REV 23 at the Prototype Festival, in a new production by James Darrah. She will then return to LA to sing Hindemith's Murderer, Hope of Women in a staged production by Simon McBurney with the LA Phil, under the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen. In June, she will debut with the Atlanta Symphony singing Belinda in scenes from Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, and then attend Music Academy of the West, where she will perform the role of Elisabeth in Les Enfants Terribles by Philip Glass.
A lover of new music and performance, Anna recently created the role of Bibi in the world premiere of Ellen Reid's opera, p r i s m. It debuted at both LA Opera and at the Prototype Festival in late 2018 and early 2019, directed by James Darrah and conducted by both Julian Wachner and Daniela Candillari, and garnered glowing reviews; Anna's performance was described as "revelatory" (Catherine Womack, I Care If You Listen). p r i s m won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Music, which led to an album release of the opera on the Decca Gold label, as well as several performances over the 2019|20 season at Theatro Municipal de São Paulo and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.
Anna made her debut on the LA new music scene with The Industry in 2015, singing the ethereal soprano role of L in Anne LeBaron's scenes from LSD: The Opera, first with Marc Lowenstein and Wild Up, and again a few months later in a staged version with Partch and under the baton of Christopher Rountree. In 2017, she made her debut with Opera Omaha singing the role of the Controller in their production of Jonathan Dove's Flight, where she was pleased to collaborate again with conductor Christopher Rountree and for the first time with director James Darrah. In 2018, she made her soloist debut with Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil in Bernstein's Mass, directed by Elkhanah Pulitzer and choreographed by Laurel Jenkins. That production inspired a remount at Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival, where she reprised her role under the baton of Louis Langrée; the Wall Street Journal listed her as a "standout among the street-chorus soloists."
Anna also performs actively as a concert soloist. Highlights of her repertoire include Orff's Carmina Burana; Handel's Laudate Pueri; and Mozart's Exsultate, Jubilate, Requiem, Vesperae solennes de confessore, and Mass in C Minor. Anna is also particularly well-known for her masterful Messiah solos; in 2013, she made her LA Master Chorale debut as a soloist in Handel's Messiah for their 50th anniversary season at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Since then, her soloist credits with the Master Chorale have included Bach's St. Matthew Passion, Gubaidulina's Canticle of the Sun, a version of Handel's Alexander's Feast staged by Trevore Ross, Handel's Israel in Egypt, and several performances of Messiah. In 2016, Anna was one of 21 Master Chorale singers to perform in a new staged production of Orlando di Lasso's Lagrime di San Pietro, directed by Peter Sellars and conducted by Grant Gershon, which the LA Times lauded as "a major accomplishment for the LA Master Chorale" and "a major accomplishment for music history." In 2018, Lagrime launched a worldwide tour, and over the next year, Anna performed the piece at the Ravinia Festival, the Salzburg Festival, and in Australia, Mexico, England, France, Germany, and several U.S. states.
Outside the world of classical vocals, Anna enjoys a stimulating career as a session singer. Her voice appears in various film and TV soundtracks, including The Lion King (2019), Mulan (2020), Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker, Call of the Wild, Creed, The Accountant, Sing, A Wrinkle in Time, Smallfoot, and Minions. Her classical chops come in handy in scores like Keanu (2016) and Birds of Prey (2020), in which her solo soprano vocals can be heard dramatically soaring over orchestra and choir alike.
Anna attended Chapman University as a Provost Scholar, where she studied voice with renowned soprano Carol Neblett and pursued her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. With Opera Chapman, she performed the roles of Suor Genovieffa (Suor Angelica), Madame Herz (The Impresario), and Pamina (Die Zauberflöte). The summer after her freshman year, Anna attended the Aspen Summer Music Festival and School on a full scholarship, where she sang in scenes from The Tender Land, Die Zauberflöte, and Mark Adamo's Little Women. Her experience in Aspen, where she studied in the Mozart & 20th Century group, ignited a passion for new music, which she carried back with her to California. In her final years at Chapman University, Anna received the encouragement award from the Palm Springs Opera Guild, placed as a Top 5 finalist in Classical Singer's Undergraduate Vocal Competition, and received the Bramlage Opera Award from the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music.
When she is not singing, Anna can usually be found outside somewhere, hiking and daydreaming, or inside somewhere, eating desserts. Occasionally, she will wander into a karaoke bar and try to channel Pat Benatar.