Praised for her "lovely tone" by the Capital Times, mezzo soprano Anna Laurenzo looks ahead to an exciting 2016/17 season. Her upcoming engagements include a return to Fort Worth Opera. There, she will perform Mercédès (Carmen) and will appear in concerts and outreach performances across North Texas.
Highlights of the 2015/16 season included debuts with Performance Santa Fe and Fort Worth Opera. Additionally, Ms. Laurenzo joined Central City Opera as a Bonfils-Stanton Apprentice Artist, where she performed the role of Emily in The Ballad of Baby Doe. 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 2016 semi-finalist in the Opera Birmingham Competition.
Ms. Laurenzo is a frequent collaborator on new American operatic works. Her experience has included collaboration with American composers including Carlisle Floyd, David T. Little, Jeff Meyers, and Scott Wheeler. Upcoming work includes world premiere performances of Matthew Peterson's Voir Dire with Fort Worth Opera. 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.
Additional operatic highlights have included performances with Madison Opera, 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 Fort Worth, TX, as a Lesley Apprentice Artist with Fort Worth Opera.