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, Mozart’s Mass in C minor for the Clarion Music Society in New York, Bach's Christmas Oratorio in Tokyo, Handel’s L'Allegro, Il Penseroso ed Il Moderato with Paul McCreesh in Cracow, Mendelssohn’s Elijah alongside Bryn Terfel, the modern premiere of Rameau's Anacreon of 1754 with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Handel's L'Allegro at the London Handel Festival, a programme of early Russian operatic arias with Philharmonia Baroque in San Francisco and Bach's Christmas Oratorio at the Sydney Opera House. Future concert performances include Monteverdi Vespers with Richard Egarr, In Stilo Moderno and The Netherlands Chamber Choir, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with Risto Joost, Concerto Kopenhagen and the Netherlands Chamber Choir, as well as a concert performance of Rameau’s Zaïs with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment conducted by Jonathan Williams.
Particularly noted for her work in Modern and Baroque repertoire, Anna’s performances of Berio’s Folksongs (Britten Sinfonia), Pergolesi's Stabat Mater (Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment), George Crumb’s song cycles (Galliard Ensemble) and Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire (Psappha), were all broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Her BBC Proms appearances include performances with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Thomas Adès, the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Martyn Brabbins, the Britten Sinfonia and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
In recital Anna has appeared at the Aldeburgh and Cheltenham Festivals, the London Handel Festival and at the Purcell Room, the Wigmore Hall, Wilton's Music Hall, King's Place, St John’s Smith Square, Lille & Strasbourg Opera Houses, and recently gave the Russian premiere of Thomas Adès’ Life Story at the Rachmaninov Hall in Moscow. Anna has twice created title roles in new operas at the Almeida Theatre – The Girl of Sand and Ariadne, both composed by Elena Langer, and other recent opera roles include: Ilia/Mozart’s Idomeneo and l'Ingrata/Monteverdi's Ballo delle Ingrate, both directed by Graham Vick (Birmingham Opera Company), the premiere of Jonathan Dove'sThe Walk From The Garden (Salisbury Festival) Katherine Dee/Damon Albarn's Dr Dee (ENO), Emira/Handel’s Siroe (Andreas Spering, Oper der Zeit, Austria), Ninfa/Monteverdi’s Orfeo (ENO), Flora/Jonathan Dove’s The Enchanted Pig (Young Vic), Francesca/Edward Rushton’s The Shops (Bregenz Festival/Royal Opera House Linbury), Moll Hackabout/Will Tuckett's Pleasure's Progress (Royal Opera House Linbury), Kyoto/ Yannis Kyriakides’ An Ocean of Rain (Aldeburgh Festival/Amsterdam Muziekgebouw) and Strawberry Seller & Strolling Player/Britten’s Death in Venice (La Scala, Milan). Future productions include a contemporary double bill for Aldeburgh and Royal Opera House, and Gluck's Paride Ed Elena for the Gluck Internationale Opern-Festival.
Her recordings include October Roses, songs by Brian Blyth Daubney on the BMS label; Edward Rushton’s chamber opera The Shops with The Opera Group on MNC; Damon Albarn’s Dr Dee released on Parlophone, and most recently Handel’s Il Pastor Fido with La Nuova Musica, on Harmonia Mundi; a Monteverdi and Couperin disc with the ensemble Archangelo and Jonathan Cohen, to be released in 2014.