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 evenings 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 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.

This season she returns to Welsh National Opera, where she had previously been an Associate Artist, in the role of Suzuki Madama Butterfly. In 2019/20 she sang Cherubino The Marriage of Figaro at WNO, which she has performed with 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.

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La Clemenza di Tito (Annio), Deutsche Oper am Rhein

Opernhaus Düsseldorf (October 2021)

With Anna Harvey as Annio and Heidi Elisabeth Meier, who make the duet “Ah perdona il primo affetto” the most intense moment of the evening.

RP Online

Madama Butterfly (Suzuki)

Welsh National Opera (September 2021)

The balance of the drama is strongly held by Anna Harvey’s totally sympathetic maid Suzuki – a constant warm support for Butterfly, wonderfully sung

Nicholas Kenyon, The Telegraph****

The Suzuki of Anna Harvey was quietly impressive, encompassing well a real range of emotions; she was a clear and firm, almost choric, presence, whether identifying emotionally with Cio-Cio-San or frustrated by her mistress’s refusal to see or acknowledge the truth.

Glyn Pursglove, Seen and Heard International

The duets between Anna Harvey’s mezzo Suzuki and soprano Alexia Voulgaridou’s Cho-Cho-San (alternating performances with Joyce El-Khoury) are the highlight of the show. Their voices blend excellently. Harvey may be the servant, but in this production we are watching a tale of female friendship.

Lucien Jenkins, The Critics Circle

​ 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*****

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
Missa Solemnis*
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

Die erste Walpurgisnacht*
Elijah

MOZART

Domenican Vespers
Masses KV 194, 257, 275, 317, 427
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)

PUCCINI

Suzuki (Madama Butterfly)

RAVEL

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

ROSSINI

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

SMETANA

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)

STRAVINSKY

Die weiße Katze (Petrushka)

SULLIVAN

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

TASSIE

Black Bile (The Anatomy of Melancholy)

TCHAIKOVSKY

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

TIPPETT

Astron (The Ice Break)

VERDI

Flora Bervoix (La Traviata)

WEBER

Puck (Oberon)

WAGNER

Flosshilde (Das Rheingold / Götterdämmerung)

WALTON

Popova (The Bear)

WEIR

The Consolations of Scholarship

​* Role prepared but not performed​

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