Anna Harvey

Mezzo-soprano

"Anna Harvey's performance here is remarkable: not just delivering great arias such as and with clarity, energy and feeling, but also catching the macho swagger..."

Richard Morrison, Times

"Harvey was simply wonderful, and her aria in Cantata No. 11, was the evening\u2019s high point."

New York Times

"Anna Harvey, both uptight and sexy as Popova, sounded impressively ample and seamless."

Opera

"The singing was uniformly excellent, with the vocal highlights coming from … most particularly, Anna Harvey’s excellent Cherubino."

Independent

"Anna Harvey's gleefully priapic Lapák shone... she revealed a big, bright, characterful mezzo that's surely destined for exciting things."

What’s on Stage

"Anna Harvey stood out among the quartet of soloists with her rich tone and sensitive phrasing."

Tim Ashley, Guardian

"Harvey has a naturally youthful mezzo, and the higher register is in perfect condition, gleaming at the very top. Everything she sang was packed with flavour"

Bachtrack

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British mezzo Anna Harvey’s operatic engagements in the 2017/18 season include Orlofsky Die Fledermaus and cover Octavian Der Rosenkavalier at Welsh National Opera, where she is an Associate Artist and recipient of the Chris Ball Bursary, Ramiro La finta giardiniera at the Ryedale Festival, and Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro for Nevill Holt Opera. In concert, she appears with ensembles including The English Concert, The Gabrieli Consort, Arcangelo, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and at Al Bustan Festival and the Three Choirs Festival. In September 2017 she won the Oratorio and Audience Prizes at the Grand Final of the International Vocal Competition ‘s-Hertogenbosch.

Last season’s engagements included house debuts at Theater Chemnitz (Goffredo Rinaldo), the Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar (Zulma L’Italiana in Algeri, Zweite Dame Die Zauberflöte, Groom/Theater-gardrobiere/Gymnasiast Lulu, Kay Die Schneekönigin), Landestheater Altenburg (Mayor’s Wife Jenůfa, Gold) and Theater Nordhausen (Page Salome)She appeared at the Last Night of the BBC Proms in Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music, recorded a disc with Jonathan Cohen for Hyperion, performed Handel’s Messiah on Good Friday at the Royal Albert Hall and took part in the Verbier Festival Academy in both the opera and Lied/art song categories as well as in the main festival’s Elektra with Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Anna studied on the opera course at the Royal Academy of Music under Elizabeth Ritchie and Iain Ledingham, graduating with the Alumni Development Award for a singularly distinguished studentship. She is the recipient of numerous prizes, including the London Bach Society Bach Singers Prize in 2015 and a Leonard Ingrams Foundation Award from Garsington Opera in 2014.  At the Royal Academy of Music she was awarded the English and Russian Song Prizes and the Fordyce and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa Scholarships

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Prince (Die Fledermaus)

Welsh National Opera, November 2017

As Orlovsky, were his antecedents an intended link with the Russian season I wondered, was well acted and sung with vocal aplomb by Anna Harvey with the addition of a pleasing stage presence.”

Robert J Farr, Seen and Heard International

Emma Carrington and Anna Harvey. They even look a lot like one another, from midway back in the stalls at any rate – both sing well, both create a psychologically plausible Orlovsky. Both are attractively animated presences, on stage and vocally.

Glyn Pursglove, Seen and Heard International

Anna Harvey makes her WNO debut as the Prince, an in-trousers role that she performs with great effect, showcasing a fabulous voice as she sings “Chacun à son gout”

Olivia Boyce, Redbrick

Haydn Creation Mass, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Cadogan Hall, October 2017

Of the quartet of soloists, the mezzo of Anna Harvey stood out, not least for the fervour that she brought to Qui tollis peccata mundi.

Alexander Hall, Bachtrack

Rinaldo (Goffredo)

Theater Chemnitz, March 2017

Anna Harvey deserves special praise, who jumped in for this production … with three days notice. The young singer … sang and acted with natural beauty.

Christoph Suhre, Der Neue Merker

Baritone Andreas Beinhauer ... combines cultivated singing with a dramatic approach; the same can be said about mezzo-soprano Anna Harvey as Goffredo, the leader of the crusaders. 

Boris Gruhl, Dresdner Neueste Nachrichten

Their leader is Goffredo, who is sung impressively and played with parodic irony by Anna Harvey.

Jens Daniel Schubert, Sächsische Zeitung

Anna Harvey (Goffredo) and Jud Perry (Eustazio) complete the ensemble on a classy level.

Joachim Weise, Online Merker

Gold!

Landestheater Altenburg, November 2016

A lovely staging... entirely lived out by the main actress. For 50 minutes she slips between all the roles, creating both atmosphere and suspense... Vocally and dramatically a fantastic performance.

Ulrike Kern, Ostthüringer Zeitung

Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro)

Longborough Festival Opera, June 2016

The singing was uniformly excellent, with the vocal highlights coming from … most particularly, Anna Harvey’s excellent Cherubino.

Independent

Cherubino, sung by Anna Harvey, was excellently performed. Harvey has a naturally youthful mezzo, and the higher register is in perfect condition, gleaming at the very top. Everything she sang was packed with flavour with high quality of acting, and there was a clear enjoyment in rising to the hamminess that the part requires.

Bachtrack

A mellifluous mezzo-soprano who commanded attention whenever she appeared on stage

Stratford Herald

Anna Harvey reveals a beautiful and rich mezzo-soprano as Cherubino

MusicOMH

…the dynamic, restless character of Anna Harvey’s Cherubino… she captured the lovable roguishness of the part with enjoyable flair

ClassicalSource

A cast of excellent singers who assume the character of the roles they play to perfection… Anna Harvey as Cherubino comes over as a particularly gauche adolescent unable to keep his passions under control and managing hilariously to be forever in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Seen and Heard International

Anna Harvey Recital Repertoire Excerpts

BRAHMS

Zwei Gesänge for Alto, Viola and Piano

BRITTEN

A Charm of Lullabies

DE FALLA

Siete Canciones populares Españoles

DRING

Seven Shakespeare Songs

FINZI

Let Us Garlands Bring

POULENC

La Courte Paille

SCHUMANN

Frauenliebe und –leben
Maria Stuart Lieder

STRAUSS

Drei Lieder nach Gedichten von Otto Julius Bierbaum

​* Role prepared but not performed​

Anna Harvey Concert Repertoire

CPE BACH

Magnificat

JS BACH

Ascension Oratorio
B Minor Mass
Cantatas BWV 3, 5, 12, 35, 36, 41, 62, 72, 75, 76, 79, 118, 121, 144, 150, 169, 170, 174, 183, 200, 214
Christmas Oratorio
Easter Oratorio
G Minor Mass
John Passion
Magnificat*
Matthew Passion*

BEETHOVEN

Mass in C
Symphony No. 9

BERLIOZ

Les nuits d’été

BRAHMS

Alto Rhapsody

BRITTEN

Abraham and Isaac
Phaedra

DURUFLÉ

Requiem

ELGAR

Sea Pictures
The Dream of Gerontius

GRIEG

Orchestral Songs

HANDEL

Dixit Dominus
Messiah
Jephtha

HAYDN

Arianna a Naxos
Berenice, che fai?
Creation Mass
Maria Theresa Mass
Mass in Time of War
Missa Cellensis
Nelson Mass
St Nicholas Mass

JANACEK

The Diary of One Who Disappeared

LOEWE

Passions-Oratorium (UK premiere)

MAHLER

Das Lied von der Erde
Symphony No. 2

MENDELSSOHN

Elijah

MOZART

Domenican Vespers
Masses KV 194, 257, 275, 317
Requiem
Vesperae Solennes

PERGOLESI

Magnificat
Stabat Mater

PROKOFIEV

Alexander Nevsky

RESPIGHI

Il tramonto

ROSSINI

Petite Messe Solenelle

SCHUBERT

Mass D452

SPOHR

The Last Judgement

VERDI

Requiem

VIVALDI

Gloria
La Senna Festeggiante
Magnificat

Anna Harvey Opera Repertoire

ALBRECHT

Kay (Die Schneekönigin)

ALDERSON/EDIS

Jean (The Choker, world première)

BERG

Groom/Theatergardrobiere/Gymnasiast (Lulu)

BERLIOZ

Béatrice (Béatrice et Bénédict)

BRITTEN

Hippolyta (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)

CAVALLI

Diana (La Calisto)

CIMAROSA

Fidalma (Il matrimonio segreto)

CHEW

Mary (Daughter of the Sea, world première)

EVERS

Gold!

HANDEL

Ariodante (Ariodante)
Bradamante (Alcina)
Goffredo (Rinaldo)
Sesto (Giulio Cesare in Egitto)

HUMPERDINCK

Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel)

JANACEK

Lapak the Dog (The Cunning Little Vixen)
Forester's Wife, Owl, Woodpecker, Pasek's Wife (The Cunning Little Vixen)*
Mayor’s Wife (Jenůfa)*

LANGER

Serafin (Figaro Gets a Divorce)

MOZART

Annio (La Clemenza di Tito, concert version)
Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro)
Dorabella (Così fan tutte)
Ramiro (La Finta Giardiniera)
Sesto (La Clemenza di Tito)
Zweite Dame (Die Zauberflöte)

POULENC

La Grosse Dame (Les Mamelles de Tirésias)

RAVEL

Enfant (L’Enfant et les sortilèges)

ROSSINI

Angelina (La Cenerentola)
Zulma (L’Italiana in Algeri)

SMETANA

Ludmila (The Bartered Bride)

STRAUSS (Johann/Richard)

Magd II (Elektra)
Magd IV / Schleppträgerin (Elektra)
Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus)
Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier)*
Page (Salome)

SULLIVAN

Queen of the Fairies (Iolanthe)
Kate (The Pirates of Penzance)

TASSIE

Black Bile (The Anatomy of Melancholy)

TCHAIKOVSKY

Larina / Olga (Eugene Onegin)

TIPPETT

Astron (The Ice Break)

WEBER

Puck (Oberon)

WAGNER

Flosshilde (Das Rheingold)

WALTON

Popova (The Bear)

WEIR

The Consolations of Scholarship

​* Role prepared but not performed​

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