Anna Dennis | soprano
Described by The Times as a ‘delectable soprano and a serene, ever sentient presence’, Anna studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Noelle Barker. Notable concert performances include Britten’s War Requiem at the Berlin Philharmonie, Mozart’s Mass in C minor for the Clarion Music Society in New York, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in Tokyo, Handel’s L’Allegro, Il Penseroso ed Il Moderato with Paul McCreesh in Cracow, Mendelssohn’s Elijah alongside Bryn Terfel, and, most recently, the modern premiere of Rameau’s Anacreon of 1754 with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
Particularly noted for her work in modern and Baroque repertoire, Anna’s performances of Berio’s Folksongs (Britten Sinfonia), Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater (Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment), George Crumb’s song cycles (Galliard Ensemble) and Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire (Psappha), were all broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Her BBC Proms appearances include performances with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Thomas Adès, the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Martyn Brabbins, and the Britten Sinfonia.
In recital Anna has appeared at the Aldeburgh and Cheltenham Festivals and at the Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall, Wilton’s Music Hall, King’s Place, St John’s Smith Square, Lille & Strasbourg Opera Houses, and recently gave the Russian premiere of Thomas Adès’ Life Story at the Rachmaninov Hall in Moscow. Anna has twice created new title roles at the Almeida Theatre – The Girl of Sand and Ariadne, both composed by Elena Langer. Other recent roles include: the premiere of Jonathan Dove’s The Walk From The Garden (Salisbury Festival), Katherine Dee/Damon Albarn’s Dr Dee (ENO), Emira in Handel’s Siroe (Andreas Spering, Oper der Zeit, Austria), Moll Hackabout in Will Tuckett’s Pleasure’s Progress (ROH Linbury), Kyoto in Yannis Kyriakides’ An Ocean of Rain (Aldeburgh Festival/Amsterdam Muziekgebouw) and Strawberry Seller & Strolling Player in Britten’s Death in Venice (La Scala, Milan). Future plans include early Russian operatic arias with Philharmonia Baroque in San Francisco and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio at the Sydney Opera House.
Her recordings include songs by Brian Blyth Daubney on the BMS label; Edward Rushton’s The Shops with The Opera Group on MNC; Handel’s Il Pastor Fido with La Nuova Musica on Harmonia Mundi and a Monteverdi and Couperin disc with the ensemble Arcangelo and Jonathan Cohen.