Hailed as “simply wonderful” by the New York Times and “remarkable” by The Times of London, Anna Harvey has received rapturous acclaim for her performances around the world. The winner of the Paris Opera Competition, the London Bach Singers Prize and the Oratorio and Audience Prizes at the International Vocal Competition s’ Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands, Anna was born in Sheffield, UK, and studied at the University of Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Music.
Since 2018, Anna has been a resident soloist at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, where she has performed many of the most important mezzo soprano roles, including Hänsel, L’Enfant, Annio, Suzuki, Polina, Zweite Dame, Siegrune and Floßhilde. Guest engagements have taken her across the globe, including to the Palais Garnier in Paris, Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam, Lincoln Center in New York, Verbier Festival in Switzerland, Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, Centro Cultural de Belém in Lisbon, Actus Humanus Festival in Poland, Al Bustan Festival in Beirut, Xi’an Symphony Hall in China, the Weimar, Chemnitz and Dortmund theatres in Germany, Welsh National Opera in Cardiff (where she was Associate Artist in 2017), the Aldeburgh Festival, and the Wigmore, Barbican, Royal Festival and Royal Albert Halls in London. A particular career highlight was singing as a soloist at the Last Night of the BBC Proms in 2016.
This season at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Anna make her debuts as Meg Page, Prinz Orlofsky, the soloist in Zemlinsky's Maiblumen blühten überall, and Brigitta in Daniel Kramer's new production of Die Tote Stadt, alongside further performances of Hänsel, Zwei Dame and Suzuki. Anna makes her debut at the Aalto-Theater Essen as Suzuki, and debuts Erda (as well as singing Floßhilde) in the Singapore premiere of Das Rheingold. On the concert platform, Anna tours France singing Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder with the Orchestre de Picardie, returns to the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart for a Mozart tour, and sings Handel's Messiah at the Royal Festival Hall in London.
With particular interests in early music, German opera and trouser roles, Anna has performed this repertoire with esteemed conductors including Masaaki Suzuki, Sir Roger Norrington, Harry Bicket, Paul McCreesh, Jane Glover, Hans-Christoph Rademann, Jonathan Cohen, Maxim Emelyanychev, Daniel Hope, Sakari Oramo, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Marie Jacquot, Finnegan Downie-Dear, Felix Bender, Axel Kober, Antonino Fogliani and Carlo Rizzi. Anna has worked on new productions with respected opera directors including Sir Graham Vick, Tatjana Gürbaca, Paul Curran, Lindy Hume, Olivia Fuchs, Ted Huffman, Elisabeth Stöppler, Philipp Westerbarkei, Kobie van Rensburg and Tobias Kratzer.
Collaborations on the concert platform include those with ensembles such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Hallé, Three Choirs Festival, The English Concert, Gabrieli Consort, Arcangelo, Orchestre d'Auvergne, Gulbenkian, Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart, Dortmunder Philharmoniker and Duisburger Philharmoniker, in repertoire including Purcell, Handel, Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Mahler and Lili Boulanger.
Anna’s current discography includes Floßhilde Das Rheingold / Götterdämmerung with the Duisburger Philharmoniker under Axel Kober, Haydn Nelson Mass / Paukenmesse with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Hilary Davan Wetton, Charpentier Litanies de la Vierge with Arcangelo under Jonathan Cohen for Hyperion Records, and a recital disc of Warlock and Howe songs with pianist Mark Austin on Rubicon Classics.