OPERA BIO

Annie Chester, mezzo soprano has been praised for her strong dramatic presence on the operatic stage and for her “warm, rich, chocolatey voice”.

Ms. Chester just completed sensational performances as Maddalena (Principal Artist) in Sarasota Opera’s 2019 fall production of Rigoletto. Of her opening night performance, The Herald Tribune stated thatAnnie Chester’s Maddelena is brash and loose with a honeyed deep mezzo-soprano voice. Both feisty and amorous she plays it well.” Your Observer also claimed that “Maddalena was well sung and acted by Annie Chester, whose warm and burnished mezzo sound certainly worked its magic on the duke.”

Immediately upcoming, the sought-after mezzo soprano will make her debut with the Tri-Cities Opera to create and perform the role of Mom in the world premiere opera, Marie Begins by Ellen Fishman. Shortly thereafter, she will debut with Brooklyn’s Metro Chamber Orchestra as featured soloist performing De Falla’s exciting El Amor Brujo. Later this season, Ms. Chester will make another auspicious debut, this time as Gaddes Festival Artist with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis performing the role of Mrs. McLean in the company’s debut production of Susannah. She will also cover the role of Dr. Landau in another company debut and world premiere opera, Awakenings by Tobias Picker and Aryeh Lev Stollman.

Other recent engagements include Ms. Chester’s impressive debut with Opera Saratoga as Gertrud (Mother) in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel, among other roles and concert appearances she accommodated as Young Artist throughout the 2019 summer season. She also performed successfully with Sarasota Opera as Dritte Dame in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and covered the role of Fenena in Verdi’s Nabucco as 2019 Studio Artist.

Other noteworthy engagements include Ms. Chester’s auspicious debut with the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival as Ruggiero in Handel’s Alcina, about which her vocalism was memorably described as “mellifluous”. She was also enthusiastically received when she performed as featured solo artist in concert with Penn Square Music Festival, and as Antonia in D’Albert’s Tiefland and the Madrigal Singer in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut as 2018 Studio Artist at Sarasota Opera. Previously as Apprentice Artist with the company, she covered the roles of Annina in Verdi’s La Traviata (Fall 2017) and Zulma in Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algeri (Winter 2017).

Annie Chester’s repertoire spans the gamut of operatic productions, oratorios and concerts, commercial media, world premieres and recitals. Her opera credits include Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, Dorabella in Cosi fan Tutte, Amastre in Xerxes, the title role of Dido in Dido and Aeneas, Jade Boucher in Dead Man Walking and Olga in The Merry Widow among others.

As an outstanding oratorio/concert soloist, Ms. Chester has performed as mezzo/alto soloist in Bach’s Magnificat, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Beethoven’s Mass in C, Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb, Corigliano’s Fern Hill, Mozart’s Requiem, Mozart’s Coronation Mass in C, and Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle.

Annie Chester holds both Master of Music (MM ’16) and Bachelor of Music (BM ’14) degrees in voice performance from the world-renowned Indiana University Jacobs School of Music (Bloomington, Indiana), where she studied with acclaimed voice teachers, Scharmal Schrock and Patricia Havranek. Ms. Chester currently resides in New York City.

Voi lo sapete from Cavalleria Rusticana

This Journey from Dead Man Walking

Va! Laisse couler mes larmes from Werther

 

Sein Wir Wieder Gut from Ariadne auf Naxos

As Gertrud in Opera Saratoga’s Hansel and Gretel

Photo Credit:  The Record

As the Madrigal Singer in Sarasota Opera’s Manon Lescaut

As Maddalena in Sarasota Opera’s Rigoletto

Photo Credit:  Rod Millington

As Maddalena in Sarasota Opera’s Rigoletto

Photo Credit:  Rod Millington

RESUME

OPERA 2020
Mrs. McLean Susannah Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Dr. Landau * Awakenings Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Mom Marie Begins  Tri-Cities Opera
2019
Maddalena Rigoletto Sarasota Opera
Gertrud Hansel and Gretel Opera Saratoga
Fenena * Nabucco Sarasota Opera
Dritte dame Die Zauberflote Sarasota Opera
2018
Ruggiero Alcina Hawai’i Performing Arts Festival
Madrigal Singer Manon Lescaut Sarasota Opera
Antonia Tiefland Sarasota Opera
2017
Annina * La traviata Sarasota Opera
Zulma * L’Italiana in Algeri Sarasota Opera
2012-2016
Octavian+ Der Rosenkavalier Indiana University Opera Workshop
Jade Boucher Dead Man Walking Indiana University Opera
Nellie Some Enchanted Evening Oswego Opera
Romeo+ I Capuleti e i Montecchi Lucrece Project
3rd Spirit The Magic Flute Indiana University Opera
Dido Dido and Aeneas Reimagining Opera for Kids
Nero+ L’incoronazione di Poppea Indiana University Opera Workshop
Orpheus+ Orpheus and Eurdice Indiana University Opera Workshop
3rd Lady Die Zauberflöte Blooming Voce Summer Opera Work Shop
Dorabella Cosi fan tutte Toronto Summer Opera Workshop
Cherubino Le Nozze di Figaro Indiana University Opera
Amastre Xerxes Indiana University Opera
Sesto+ La clemenza di Tito Indiana University Opera Work Shop
Olga The Merry Widow Indiana University Opera
 

* Cover Role

+ Partial Role or Scenes Performance

 
CONCERT/ORATORIO
Soloist El Amor Brujo/Latino Gala Concert Metro Chamber Orchestra of Brooklyn 2020
Soloist Symphony No. 9, Beethoven Indiana University 2016
Soloist Petite Messe Solenelle, Rossini Indiana University 2015
Soloist Fern Hill, Corigliano Indiana University Summer Music 2015
Soloist Coronation Mass, Mozart Winter Harbor Music Festival 2015
Soloist Requiem, Mozart Winter Harbor Music Festival 2014
 
TRAINING/EDUCATION
Gaddes Festival Artist Opera Theatre of Saint Louis Spring/Summer 2020
Studio Artist Sarasota Opera Winter 2019
Young Artist Saratoga Opera Summer 2019
Developing Singer Hawai’i Performing Arts Festival Summer 2018
Studio Artist Sarasota Opera Winter 2018
Apprentice Artist Sarasota Opera Fall/Winter 2017
Master of Music, Vocal Performance Indiana University 2016
Bachelor of Music, Vocal Performance Indiana University 2014
 

CAREER INFLUENCES
Voice Teachers:  Patricia Havranek, Scharmal Schrock, Mark Oswald.
Coaches:  Kevin Murphy, Travis Bloom.
Stage Directors:  Michael Unger, Martha Collins, Mark Freiman, Stephanie Sundine, Tom Diamond, Manual Cinema.
Conductors:  David Neely, Anthony Barrese, Victor DeRenzi, Arthur Fagen, Gary Thor Wedow, Geoffrey MacDonald, Philip Nuzzo.