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, Suzuki, Polina, Meg Page, Prinz Orlofsky, Annio, Zweite Dame, Brigitta, 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 makes a number of significant role debuts in new productions of Parsifal (as 6. Blumenmädchen/Stimme aus der Höhe), Eugene Onegin (as Olga) and Der Fliegende Holländer (as Mary), as well as as Octavian in Otto Schenk’s classic production of Der Rosenkavalier, conducted by Axel Kober. Further afield, Anna makes her debuts with the Nederlandse Reisopera, at the KKL Luzern and under the baton of Ádám Fischer at the Tonhalle Düsseldorf.
Last season Anna made her debuts at the Aalto-Theater Essen as Suzuki, as Erda in the Singapore premiere of Das Rheingold, in Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder with the Orchestre de Picardie, and in Donizetti’s Messe di Requiem at the Klangvokal Musikfestival in Dortmund, and returned to the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart and 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, Harry Ogg, Vitali Alekseenok, 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, Daniel Kramer, Michael Thalheimer, 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.