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MEET ANNA LAURENZO
MEZZO ANNA LAURENZO
Noted for her “lovely tone and convincing dramatic arc” mezzo-soprano Anna Laurenzo has gained experience in a wide range of repertoire over her diverse career. In the spring of 2020, Ms. Laurenzo made her Off-Broadway debut understudying the role of Mrs. Van Buren and singing in the ensemble of the world premiere of Intimate Apparel at the Lincoln Center Theater by Ricky Ian Gordon and Lynn Nottage (postponed due to COVID19.) This production returns in 2022 at Lincoln Center Theater.
In the spring of 2022, Ms. Laurenzo will join The Metropolitan Opera roster to cover Pit Singer - Mezzo 1 and Mezzo 2 in Dean's Hamlet. Additional recent engagements included a role and company debut as Dorabella in Così fan tutte with the Glacier Symphony followed by Dorabella with the Metropolitan Opera Guild and her return to Chicago Opera Theater, performing the role of Meg Weathers in the Chicago premiere of Everest.
A passionate interpreter of art song, Ms. Laurenzo has been invited to return to the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago for the 21/22 season after resounding success as their Vocal Chamber Music Fellow in 20/21. This season, she will perform as a featured soloist in the COllaborative Arts Institute of Chicago’s Collaborative Works Festival, as well as present solo recitals with New Music Chicago, the Musicians Club of WOmen, and Artist Presentation Society. Last season, Ms. Laurenzo was featured in the CAIC Fall Festival virtual programming, presented a solo Lieder Lounge recital in Spring 2021, and performed with Crested Butte Music Festival as an Inaugural Vocal Fellow.
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 performance of Joel Feigin’s Outcast at the Gate with 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.
Noted especially for her performance of contemporary American works, Laurenzo is a veteran of multiple world premiere productions. She stars in the 2020 release of Voir Dire original cast album in the roles she originated in the 2017 world premiere performances at Fort Worth Opera. Her collaborations have included work with several renowned composers, including Ricky Ian Gordon, 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.
Within the standard operatic repertoire, Laurenzo has recently performed Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, 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.
Ms. Laurenzo has been recognized in the vocal competition circuit, most recently winning the 2021 Artist Presentation Society Competition, and winning Second Prize in the 2021 Schubert Club Competition. She also has recently won the New York district of the 2018 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. In 2017, she was the Second Prize 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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