Anna Harvey


"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 evenings high point."

New York Times

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


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


"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"


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British mezzo Anna Harvey is a member of the solo ensemble at Deutsche Oper am Rhein, where her current and recent roles include Siegrune Die Walküre, Annius La Clemenza di Tito, Mercédès Carmen, Bejlia Weinberg’s Mazeltov, Floßhilde Das Rheingold and Götterdämmerung, Hänsel Hänsel und Gretel, Suzuki Madama Butterfly, Tisbe La Cenerentola, Flora La traviata, Polina/Daphnis Pique Dame, and The Child L'enfant et les sortilèges.

Last season she returned to Welsh National Opera, where she had previously been an Associate Artist, in the role of Cherubino The Marriage of Figaro, which she has already sung for Longborough Festival Opera, West Green House Opera and Nevill Holt Opera.

On the concert platform, recent and upcoming highlights include her debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra with Sir Roger Norrington as well as collaborations with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Three Choirs Festival, The English Concert, Gabrieli Consort, Arcangelo, Orchestre d'Auvergne, Gulbenkian, Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart, Dortmunder Philharmoniker, Duisburger Philharmoniker, Al Bustan Festival in Beirut and the Xi’an Symphony Orchestra in China, in repertoire including Purcell, Handel, Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Mahler and Lili Boulanger.

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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​ Le Nozze di Figaro (Cherubino), Welsh National Opera

(February 2020)

Anna Harvey brought a freshness to her Cherubino and has a clarity of voice that suits the role; her straightly delivered “Voi, che sapete” providing a teasing sweetness that is lost when overdone in a haze of vibrato.

Alice Hughes, Bachtrack****

Cherubino – convincingly sung by mezzo-soprano Anna Harvey

Morning Star Online****

Anna Harvey perfectly captures the character of Cherubino, the wide-eyed, love-struck boy playing the strutting soldier.

Colin Davison, British Theatre Guide

Cherubino, played with allure by Anna Harvey

Steph Power, The Stage****

There are also stand-out performances from Anna Harvey as the cheeky Cherubino…

John Baker, The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hippolyta), Nevill Holt Opera

(June 2019)

Padraic Rowan and Anna Harvey are much more than ciphers, vocally, as Theseus and Hippolyta.

Hugh Canning, The Times

Padraic Rowan and Anna Harvey prove extremely accomplished performers

Sam Smith, MusicOMH

Dido & Aeneas (2nd Witch), London Philharmonic Orchestra

Royal Festival Hall (January 2019)

…the two witches who were deliciously malicious, with strong accurate singing from all three, notably Anna Harvey.

Mark Thomas, Bachtrack*****

Lili Boulanger Psalm 130 "Du fond de l'abime", Three Choirs Festival

Hereford Cathedral (August 2018)

Mezzo-soprano Anna Harvey acted as a spokesperson and focal point for this community, her repeated cries of “qui donc pourra tenir” (Who can stand?) suggesting a palpable fear lurking beneath their universal complaint.

Simon Cummings, bachtrack*****

L’incoronazione di Poppea (Nerone)

Longborough Festival Opera (July 2018)

As Nerone, Anna Harvey’s exceptionally full and developed mezzo-soprano

Sam Smith, MusicOMH****

“Anna Harvey’s Nerone is crisp and exact

Curtis Rogers, Classical Source

…every member of the 16-strong cast gave great performances, particularly the British mezzo-soprano Anna Harvey as Nerone

Chris Smith, Stratford Herald

Le Nozze di Figaro (Cherubino)

Nevill Holt Opera (June 2018)

Anna Harvey’s beautifully sung Cherubino

Richard Morrison, The Times

Anna Harvey … made an endearing Cherubino

Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph****

Mezzo Anna Harvey’s Cherubino had the right hormonal charge underpinned by some sensitive and beautiful (if resolutely female-sounding) singing.

Augustin Blanco-Bazan, Opera Now

Anna Harvey’s Cherubino was ideally quick-witted and a little ludicrous and she sang with endearing freshness and vocal dexterity

Nigel Simeone, Opera Magazine

Mezzo Anna Harvey offers a pleasingly sung account of the male role of Cherubino

George Hall, The Stage****

Anna Harvey … is splendid, with her performance of ‘Voi che sapete’ being particularly fine.

Sam Smith, MusicOMH****

New Year’s Eve concert, Arcangelo

Wigmore Hall (December 2017)

Alto Anna Harvey contributed a lovely, well-modulated 'Qui sedes'

Robert Hugill, Planet Hugill

Die Fledermaus (Prince Orlovsky)

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


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

Le nozze di Figaro (Cherubino)

Longborough Festival Opera (June 2016)

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


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.


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


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


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


Zwei Gesänge for Alto, Viola and Piano


A Charm of Lullabies


Siete Canciones populares Españoles


Seven Shakespeare Songs


Let Us Garlands Bring


La Courte Paille


Frauenliebe und –leben
Maria Stuart Lieder


Drei Lieder nach Gedichten von Otto Julius Bierbaum

​* Role prepared but not performed​

Anna Harvey Concert Repertoire




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
Matthew Passion*


Mass in C
Missa Solemnis*
Symphony No. 9


Les nuits d’été


Alto Rhapsody


Abraham and Isaac




Sea Pictures
The Dream of Gerontius


Orchestral Songs


Dixit Dominus


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


The Diary of One Who Disappeared


Passions-Oratorium (UK premiere)


Das Lied von der Erde
Symphony No. 2


Die erste Walpurgisnacht*


Domenican Vespers
Masses KV 194, 257, 275, 317, 427
Vesperae Solennes


Stabat Mater


Alexander Nevsky


Il tramonto


Petite Messe Solenelle


Mass D452


The Last Judgement




La Senna Festeggiante

Anna Harvey Opera Repertoire


Kay (Die Schneekönigin)


Jean (The Choker, world première)


Groom/Theatergardrobiere/Gymnasiast (Lulu)


Béatrice (Béatrice et Bénédict)


Hippolyta (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)


Diana (La Calisto)


Fidalma (Il matrimonio segreto)


Mary (Daughter of the Sea, world première)




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


Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel)


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


Serafin (Figaro Gets a Divorce)


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)


La Grosse Dame (Les Mamelles de Tirésias)


Suzuki (Madama Butterfly)


Enfant / Das Eichhörnchen (L’Enfant et les sortilèges)


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


Ludmila (The Bartered Bride)

STRAUSS (Johann/Richard)

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


Die weiße Katze (Petrushka)


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


Black Bile (The Anatomy of Melancholy)


Larina / Olga (Eugene Onegin)
Polina / Daphnis (Pique Dame)


Astron (The Ice Break)


Flora Bervoix (La Traviata)


Puck (Oberon)


Flosshilde (Das Rheingold / Götterdämmerung)


Popova (The Bear)


The Consolations of Scholarship

​* Role prepared but not performed​

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