"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"
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.
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
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
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
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
Drei Lieder nach Gedichten von Otto Julius Bierbaum
|* Role prepared but not performed|
Anna Harvey Concert Repertoire
Mass in C
Les nuits d’été
Abraham and Isaac
Arianna a Naxos
The Diary of One Who Disappeared
Passions-Oratorium (UK premiere)
Das Lied von der Erde
Die erste Walpurgisnacht*
Petite Messe Solenelle
The Last Judgement
Anna Harvey Opera Repertoire
Kay (Die Schneekönigin)
Jean (The Choker, world première)
Béatrice (Béatrice et Bénédict)
Hippolyta (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
Diana (La Calisto)
Fidalma (Il matrimonio segreto)
Mary (Daughter of the Sea, world première)
Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel)
Lapak the Dog (The Cunning Little Vixen)
Serafin (Figaro Gets a Divorce)
Annio (La Clemenza di Tito, concert version)
La Grosse Dame (Les Mamelles de Tirésias)
Suzuki (Madama Butterfly)
Enfant / Das Eichhörnchen (L’Enfant et les sortilèges)
Angelina / Tisbe (La Cenerentola)
Ludmila (The Bartered Bride)
Dryade (Ariadne auf Naxos)
Die weiße Katze (Petrushka)
Queen of the Fairies (Iolanthe)
Black Bile (The Anatomy of Melancholy)
Larina / Olga (Eugene Onegin)
Astron (The Ice Break)
Flora Bervoix (La Traviata)
Flosshilde (Das Rheingold / Götterdämmerung)
Popova (The Bear)
The Consolations of Scholarship
|* Role prepared but not performed|
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