mezzo soprano

Anna H​arvey


Hailed as ‘simply wonderful’ by the New York Times and ‘remarkable’ by The Times, British mezzo-Soprano Anna Harvey recently won both the Toonkunst Oratorio Prize and Audience Prize at the International Vocal Competition s’Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands, having previously been awarded the London Bach Society Bach Singers Prize, a Leonard Ingrams Foundation Award from Garsington Opera and a Dame Kiri Te Kanawa Scholarship.

A graduate of the University of Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Music in London, Anna studied on the Opera Course under Elizabeth Ritchie and Iain Ledingham, was a RAM/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Scholar and a member of Academy Song Circle, and graduated with the Alumni Development Award for a singularly distinguished studentship.

In 2018 Anna joins the ensemble of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, and in the 2018-2019 season performs Hänsel Hänsel und Gretel, Flora La Traviata, White Cat/Squirrel L’enfant et les sortilèges, Tisbe La Cenerentola, Dryad Ariadne auf Naxos, Flosshilde Götterdämmerung, and Suzuki Madame Butterfly. She also debuts with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra in concerts in Barcelona and Vic.

In the 2017/2018 season Anna was the Welsh National Opera Associate Artist and recipient of The Chris Ball Bursary, and she made her debut with the company as Prince Orlofsky Die Fledermaus in a national tour. Other significant debuts in the season included those with the Al Bustan Festival in Beirut, Xi’an Symphony Orchestra in China, Orquestra XXI in Lisbon, Actus Humanus Festival in Gdansk, Poland, and the Manchester Camerata and Three Choirs Festival in the UK. Other highlights included Ramiro La Finta Giardiniera at the Lammermuir and Chiltern Arts Festivals, Nerone L’Incoronazione di Poppea for Longborough Festival Opera, and concerts with The English Concert, Gabrieli, Arcangelo, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and at the Wigmore Hall.

The 2016/2017 season saw Anna make her Aldeburgh Festival and BBC Proms debuts (at Last Night of the Proms under Sakari Oramo), as well as her Swiss and German operatic debuts. At the Verbier Festival in Switzerland Anna performed IV/Schleppträgerin Elektra under Esa-Pekka Salonen and Larina Eugene Onegin under Stanislav Kochanovsky, and in Germany Anna performed at the Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar (Zulma L’Italiana in Algeri, Zweite Dame Die Zauberflöte, Groom/Theatregardrobiere/Gymnasiast Lulu, Kay Die Schneekönigin), Landestheater Altenburg / Bühnen der Stadt Gera (Leonard Evers Gold!), Theater Nordhausen (Page Salome) and Theater Chemnitz (Goffredo Rinaldo). Anna’s performances in the UK during the season included cover Octavian Der Rosenkavalier for Welsh National Opera, Ramiro La Finta Giardiniera for Ryedale Festival Opera, concert performances with La Nuova Musica and the Royal Choral Society, and a recording for Hyperion with Archangelo.

In the 2015/2016 season, operatic engagements included La Grosse Dame Les mamelles de Tirésias (Dutch National Opera), Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro and Bradamante Alcina (Longborough Festival Opera) and cover Serafin Figaro Gets a Divorce (Welsh National Opera). In concert, Anna performed at the Royal Festival, Royal Albert and Cadogan Halls, and at the Spitalfields, Gstaad and Beaune Festivals.

Highlights in previous seasons include the title role Ariodante at the London Handel Festival, a programme of Bach cantatas under Masaaki Suzuki at Lincoln Center, New York, and performances with opera companies and orchestras including Birmingham Opera Company, West Green Opera, Tête à Tête, Garsington Opera , BBC Concert Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, London Mozart Players, English Chamber Orchestra and the Hallé at The Bridgewater Hall. A keen exponent of song repertoire, Anna has performed recitals at the Holywell Music Room, Kettle’s Yard Cambridge and Wigmore Hall. 


Anna Harvey studierte in Cambridge und an der Royal Academy of Music in London. Die britische Mezzosopranistin wurde bereits mehrfach ausgezeichnet, u.a. mit den »IVC Toonkunst Oratorio and Audience Prizes« dem »London Bach Society Singers Prize«, den »English and Russian Song Prizes«, dem »Dame Kiri Te Kanawa«- Stipendium und dem »Alumni Development Graduation Award« der Royal Academy of Music. 2014 gewann sie den »Leonard Ingrams Foundation Award« der Garsington Opera.

Engagements führten Anna Harvey bereits an internationale Opernhäuser wie die Niederländische Nationaloper, die Welsh National Opera, die Verbier Festival, die Longborough Festival Opera, die Birmingham Opera Company und die Garsington Opera. Darüber hinaus war sie Solistin in Konzerten mit dem Gabrieli, dem English Concert und dem Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, dem Hallé Orchestra sowie dem BBC Symphony und BBC Concert Orchestra. Außerdem sang sie bei Musikfestivals in Gstaad und Beaune, bei der Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, beim Spitalfields, und beim Edinburgh Festival. Ein besonderes Highlight ihrer Karriere war ihr Auftritt bei der »Last Night of the Proms« in der Royal Albert Hall mit dem BBC Symphony Orchestra unter der Leitung von Sakari Oramo.

Zu Anna Harveys Repertoire gehören Partien wie Ariodante in »Ariodante«, Cherubino in »Le nozze di Figaro«, Hänsel in »Hänsel und Gretel«, Orlofksy in »Die Fledermaus«. Darüber hinaus sang sie Arien aus Händels »Messiah«, Haydns »Nelson-« und »Paukenmesse«, »La Senna Festeggiante« von Vivaldi, Bachs »h-Moll-Messe« und im Mozart »Requiem«.

​Sie war in der Spielzeit 2016/2017 am Deutschen Nationaltheater Weimar, am Landestheater Altenburg Gera, dem Theater Nordhausen, und am Theater Chemnitz zu arbeiten.