Anna Dennis - Soprano
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, Orff's Carmina Burana with the Orquestra Gulbenkian in Lisbon, Handel's Joshua with Laurence Cummings at the Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Bach's Christmas Oratorio with the Australian Chamber Orchestra in Sydney Opera House and with Concerto Copenhagen in Amsterdam, Haydn's Die Schöpfung with Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa in Japan, the Russian premiere of Thomas Ades' Life Story at the Rachmaninov Hall in Moscow, and the modern premiere of Rameau's Anacreon of 1754 with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. 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 include: Paride/Gluck's Paride ed Elena (with Andreas Spering, Nuremberg Opera House), Katherine Dee/Damon Albarn's Dr Dee (English National Opera), Emira/Handel’s Siroe (with Laurence Cummings, Göttingen Händel Festspiele), Ilia/Mozart’s Idomeneo and l'Ingrata/Monteverdi's Ballo delle Ingrate, both 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). Anna has created roles in premieres of Francisco Coll's Cafe 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).
Future plans include Rosmene/Handel's Imeneo at the Göttingen Festspiele, Bersi/Giordano's Andrea Chenier at Opera North, Pergolesi's Stabat Mater with the Orquestra Gulbenkian in Lisbon, a recreation of the first performance of Monteverdi's Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda in Venice, and performances of Thomas Ades' Life Story accompanied by the composer at the Lincoln Center's White Light Festival in New York.