Sheffield-born Mezzo-Soprano Anna Harvey is on the Opera Course at the Royal Academy of Music (RAM), studying under Elizabeth Ritchie and Iain Ledingham. A recent graduate in Music of Jesus College, Cambridge, Anna’s highlights on the concert platform include Mozart Requiem with the English Chamber Orchestra, at St Martin-in-the-Fields and with the Hallé at The Bridgewater Hall, Handel Messiah with the BBC Concert Orchestra and The Bach Choir (recorded for Radio 2), arias with the London Mozart Players at Fairfield Halls, Handel Israel in Egypt with Huddersfield Choral Society, the UK premiere of Loewe Passion Oratorio, and Bach Christmas Oratorio, St John Passion and B Minor Mass at St John’s Smith Square. Anna is a regular soloist in the Royal Academy of Music / Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series, recently working with Masaaki Suzuki and performing the Alto Cantatas BWV 35, 169 and 200. A member of Academy Song Circle, as a recitalist Anna has performed at venues including Kettle’s Yard, Southwark Cathedral, the Garrick Club and Wigmore Hall.
Anna is equally at home on the operatic stage, with recent roles including Ariodante, Flosshilde Das Rheingold and Larina Eugene Onegin for Royal Academy Opera, Mrs Herring Albert Herring for Opera Holland Park Etcetera, Fairy Queen Iolanthe at Buxton Opera House, Jean The Choker at Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival 2014, Lapák the Dog, The Cunning Little Vixen for Garsington Opera at Wormsley and Hänsel Hänsel und Gretel for Garsington Opera at West Green House.
Prizes include the Major Van Someren-Godfrey Prize for English Song and the Ludmilla Andrew Russian Song Prize at RAM, the London Mozart Players/Croydon Festival Prize, a Winchester Consort Prize at the Hampshire Singing Competition, Finalist in the LBS Bach Singers Prize and RAM Richard Lewis/Jean Shanks Award, and Semi-Finalist in The Kathleen Ferrier Award. In masterclasses Anna has worked on operatic repertoire with Ann Murray, Anne Howells, Susan Gritton, Susan McCulloch and Anthony Legge, Russian song with Gerald Finley and Phillip Thomas, and Lieder with Florian Boesch, Helmut Deutsh and Thomas Quasthoff (at the Schubertiade festival in Austria). Anna is grateful for the support of the Fordyce Scholarship, the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation, Help Musicians UK (Sybil Tutton Award), the Simon Fletcher Charitable Trust, the Patricia Kris Wolfe Award,the Lilian Ada Foote Bursary, the Fulwood Educational Endowment, the Yorkshire Ladies’ Council of Education and the Josephine Baker Trust.
Anna sang the solos in a joint workshop with the Whitehall Choir in May 2013 on Verdi’s Requiem and in a performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony in March 2014. We are delighted to be working with her again in Mahler’s 2nd Symphony in April 2015