Hailed for her “deeply moving,” “powerful” performances and her “lovely tone,” mezzo-soprano Anna Laurenzo has extensive experience in a diverse range of repertoire. In the spring of 2020, Ms. Laurenzo will make her Off-Broadway debut with Lincoln Center Theater, understudying Mrs. VanBuren in the world premiere of Intimate Apparel by Ricky Ian Gordan and Lynn Nottage. Her additional upcoming engagements include a debut with Billings Symphony Orchestra as the mezzo soloist in Mozart’s Requiem, a role and company debut as Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte with the Glacier Symphony, and returning to Dorabella in concert with the Metropolitan Opera Guild.
The 2018/2019 season saw Laurenzo’s Carnegie Hall debut as the mezzo soloist in Vivaldi’s Gloria and Haydn’s Mariazeller Mass. She was seen in performances of The Rose and the Knife with LOFTrecital: a provocative performance of Berlioz’s Les Nuits d'été, and a performance of Joel Feigin’s Outcast at the Gate at the Center for Contemporary Opera. Ms. Laurenzo also 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. She will return to COT in the fall of 2019 to sing the role of Meg Weathers in the Chicago premiere of Everest.
Within the standard operatic repertoire, Laurenzo has most recently performed Mercédès in Carmen and covered Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia. She has also appeared 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 especially for her performance of contemporary American works, Laurenzo is a veteran of multiple world premiere productions. Her collaborations have included work with several renowned composers, including Carlisle Floyd, Jeff Myers, Scott Wheeler, David T. Little, and Libby Larsen. She covered the role of Jackie Kennedy in Fort Worth Opera’s world premiere production of JFK, and 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 in the vocal competition circuit, most recently winning the New York district of the 2018 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. In 2017, she was the second place winner of 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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