Hailed for her “deeply moving” performances and “lovely tone,” mezzo-soprano Anna Laurenzo has gained experience in a wide range of repertoire over her young career. In the spring of 2020, Ms. Laurenzo will make her Off-Broadway debut understudying Mrs. VanBuren in the world premiere of Intimate Apparel (Lincoln Center Theater) by Ricky Ian Gordan and Lynn Nottage. Additional future engagements include a role and company debut as Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte with the Glacier Symphony, returning to the role for the Metropolitan Opera Guild and a return to Chicago Opera Theater singing the role of Meg Weathers in the Chicago premiere of Everest.
The 2018/19 season saw her Carnegie Hall debut as the Mezzo Soloist in Vivaldi’s Gloria and Haydn’s Mariazeller Mass. Additionally, she was seen in performance with LOFTrecital for The Rose and the Knife - a provocative staging of Berlioz’s Les Nuits d’été, The Center for Contemporary Opera for Joel Feigen’s Outcast at the Gate. She performed in recital with The Song Set Chicago and joined the roster of Chicago Opera Theater as the cover for the role of Brother in Stefan Weisman and David Cote's critically acclaimed The Scarlet Ibis in the work's Chicago premiere.
Within the standard operatic repertoire, Laurenzo has most recently performed Mercédès in Carmen and covered Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, both with Fort Worth Opera. She has also been heard and seen as Pedrillo in a rare mounting of Telemann's Don Quichotte, Farnace in Mozart's adventurous early work Mitridate, re di Ponto, Isabella in L'italiana in Algeri, Olga in Eugene Onegin, Ida in Die Fledermaus, Emma Jones in Street Scene, and Paquette in Candide.
Noted for her performance of contemporary American works, Laurenzo is a veteran of multiple world premiere productions. Her collaborations with composers have included work with Carlisle Floyd, Jeff Myers, Scott Wheeler, David T. Little, and Libby Larsen. She went on to cover the role of Jackie Kennedy in the Fort Worth Opera world premiere production of JFK and also performed in the company's 2016 and 2017 festival seasons as GPS in Patrick Soluri's Embedded, the Undertaker in Jeff Myers' Buried Alive, and Alycia Simpson in Matthew Peterson's Voir Dire.
Ms. Laurenzo has been recognized on the vocal competition circuit, most recently winning the New York district of the 2018 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. In 2017 she was second place winner for the Fielder Grant, and in 2016 she won an encouragement award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, was honored as a finalist for the American Prize, and competed as a semi-finalist in the Opera Birmingham competition.
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