Praised for her "lovely tone" and "deeply moving" characterizations, mezzo soprano Anna Laurenzo makes her New York City debut in concert with the Metropolitan Opera Guild in fall of 2017.
Recently, Ms. Laurenzo completed two years as a Lesley Apprentice Artist with Fort Worth Opera, where her repertoire ranged from timeless, dynamic characters (Mercedes in Carmen, Rosina in The Barber of Seville) to modern and powerful American characters (Undertaker in Buried Alive, Alycia Simpson in Voir Dire).
In 2016, she was the winner of an Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions, was a finalist in The American Prize competition and competed as a semi-finalist in the Opera Birmingham Competition.
Ms. Laurenzo's experience with new American opera has included collaboration with composers such as Carlisle Floyd, David T. Little, Jeff Meyers, and Scott Wheeler. She has been a part of several world premiere performances, and as Alycia Simpson in Voir Dire, her performance "tore at my heart" and "brought power to her moment as the abandoned drug addict." Previous projects have included Fort Worth Opera's new works initiative Frontiers, and workshops of David T. Little's JFK and Libby Larsen's A Wrinkle in Time.
Anna has participated in the young artist programs of regional companies, including Central City Opera, Fort Worth Opera, and Madison Opera. Additional operatic highlights have included performances with Haymarket Opera and Seagle Music Colony in roles such as Farnace (Mitridate, re di Ponto), Isabella in Rossini's L'italiana in Algeri, Mrs. Jones (Street Scene), Loma Williams in Carlisle Floyd's Cold Sassy Tree, Olga (Eugene Onegin), and Ida (Die Fledermaus).
A native of Urbandale, IA, Ms. Laurenzo holds a Master of Music degree from Florida State University and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She currently resides in New York City.