Anna Dennis


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Anna Dennis


Dennis’s golden tone and rounded upper register held us enchanted.
The Times (London)

Described by the Times as a “delectable soprano and a serene, ever-sentient presence”, Anna is especially noted for her work in Modern and Baroque repertoire. Previous opera stages include ROH, ENO, La Scala, Göttingen and Aldeburgh. Concert work includes Berlin Philharmonie, Lincoln Center, Royal Albert Hall, Gulbenkian Lisbon, and Sydney Opera House.

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Described by the Times as a “delectable soprano and a serene, ever-sentient presence”, Anna studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Noelle Barker. Notable concert performances have included Britten’s War Requiem at the Berlin Philharmonie, a programme of Russian operatic arias with Philharmonia Baroque in San Francisco, Thomas Adès’ Life Story accompanied by the composer at the Lincoln Centre’s White Light Festival in New York, Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Orquestra Gulbenkian in Lisbon, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with the Australian Chamber Orchestra in Sydney Opera House and with Concerto Copenhagen in Amsterdam, and Haydn’s Schöpfung with Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa in Japan. Her BBC Proms appearances include performances with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Britten Sinfonia and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

Recent operatic roles have included: Florinda/Handel’s Rodrigo (with Laurence Cummings, Göttingen Händel Festspiele), Lucy Schmeeler & Claire/Bernstein’s On The Town (Hyogo Performing Arts Japan), Paride/Gluck’s Paride ed Elena (Nuremberg Opera House), Katherine Dee/Damon Albarn’s Dr Dee (English National Opera), Emira/Handel’s Siroe (with Laurence Cummings, Göttingen Händel Festspiele), Bersi/Andrea Chenier (Opera North), Ilia/Mozart’s Idomeneo directed by Graham Vick (Birmingham Opera Company), Pamina/The Magic Flute (Lichfield Festival) and Strawberry Seller & Strolling Player/Britten’s Death in Venice (La Scala, Milan). This season she returns to Göttingen to sing Romilda in Handel’s Serse.

A keen interpreter of contemporary music, Anna has created roles in premieres of Francisco Coll’s Café Kafka (Royal Opera House/Opera North/Aldeburgh), Jonathan Dove’s The Walk From The Garden (Salisbury Festival) and The Enchanted Pig (Young Vic), Edward Rushton’s The Shops (Bregenz Festspiele/Royal Opera House), Will Tuckett’s Pleasure’s Progress (Royal Opera House), and Yannis Kyriakides’ An Ocean of Rain (Aldeburgh Festival/Amsterdam Muziekgebouw).

Recent concert performances have included major roles in all three Monteverdi operas with John Eliot Gardiner, Schoenberg’s 2nd String Quartet at the Auditorio de Tenerife, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under Masaaki Suzuki, Queen of the Night/The Magic Flute with Clarion Music Society in New York City, Bach Easter Oratorio with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Jonathan Cohen, and Messiah with Paul McCreesh and the Casa da Música Baroque Orchestra and Choir.

Concert appearances this season include Handel’s Il Trionfo di Dori and Blow’s Venus and Adonis, both in Moscow, Pergolesi Stabat Mater with Helsinki Baroque Orchestra, Haydn Schöpfung with Düsseldorf Symphoniker and Adam Fischer, concerts with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and with the Early Opera Company conducted by Christian Curnyn at Wigmore Hall.

Her recordings include Rameau’s Anacreon of 1754 with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria with John Eliot Gardiner and the English Baroque Soloists, Handel’s Siroe and Joshua with Laurence Cummings and Festspiel Orchester Göttingen, “Landscape with Three People” a recital of Russian composer Elena Langer’s chamber works, and “Sweeter than Roses”, a Purcell recital with Julian Perkins.

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Anna Dennis gibt Florinda [Handel's "Rodrigo"] mit flammendem Temperament und einem großen, spinto-artig anspringenden Organ, sie zeigt magische Bühnenpräsenz.


Anna Dennis, a sure Queen of the Night

Opera Magazine

Anna Dennis offered a startlingly accurate, musically articulated Queen, all five high F in place, winning ovations.

Opera News USA

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