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Anna Dennis (Soprano)

Born: England

The English soprano, Anna Dennis, studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Noelle Barker.

Notable concert performances have included Benjamin Britten's War Requiem at the Berlin Philharmonie, W.A. Mozartís Mass in C minor for the Clarion Music Society in New York, J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248) in Tokyo, George Frideric Handelís L'Allegro, Il Penseroso ed Il Moderato with Paul McCreesh in Cracow, Felix Mendelssohnís Elijah alongside Bryn Terfel, and, most recently, the modern premiere of Rameau's Anacreon of 1754 with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

Described by the Times as a "delectable soprano and a serene, ever-sentient presence", Anna Dennis is particularly noted for her work in Modern and Baroque repertoire. Her performances of Luciano Berioís Folksongs (Britten Sinfonia), Giovanni Battista Pergolesi's Stabat Mater (Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment), George Crumbís song cycles (Galliard Ensemble), and Arnold 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 Martin Brabbins, the Britten Sinfonia and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

In recital Anna Dennis has appeared at the Aldeburgh and Cheltenham Festivals and at the Purcell Room, the Wigmore Hall, Wilton's Music Hall, King's Place, St Johnís Smith Square, Lille & Strasbourg Opera Houses, and recently gave the Russian premiere of Thomas Adèsí Life Story at the Rachmaninov Hall in Moscow. Anna has twice created title roles in new operas at the Almeida Theatre - The Girl of Sand and Ariadne, both composed by Elena Langer, and other recent opera roles include: Ilia in W.A. Mozartís Idomeneo and l'Ingrata in Monteverdi's Ballo delle Ingrate, both directed by Graham Vick (Birmingham Opera Company), the premiere of Jonathan Dove's The Walk From The Garden (Salisbury Festival) Katherine Dee in Damon Albarn's Dr Dee (ENO), Emira in G.F. Handelís Siroe (Andreas Spering, Oper der Zeit, Austria), Ninfa in Monteverdiís Orfeo (ENO), Flora in Jonathan Doveís The Enchanted Pig (Young Vic), Francesca in Edward Rushtonís The Shops (Bregenz Festival/Royal Opera House Linbury), Moll Hackabout in Will Tuckett's Pleasure's Progress (Royal Opera House Linbury), Kyoto in Yannis Kyriakidesí An Ocean of Rain (Aldeburgh Festival/Amsterdam Muziekgebouw) and Strawberry Seller & Strolling Player in B. Brittenís Death in Venice (La Scala, Milan).

Plans include G.F. Handel's L'Allegro at the London Handel Festival, a programme of early Russian operatic arias with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in San Francisco, J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248)at the Sydney Opera House and a recording of the François Couperinís Lecons de Tenebre with Jonathan Cohen.

Source: Laszlo Harkanyi, Edition Peters Artist Management, Peters Edition Limited, London, UK (February 2013)
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Laszlo Harkanyi (February 2013)

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Anna Dennis - Soprano (Edition Peters)
Winchester and County Music Festival: Soloist: Anna Dennis

Anna Dennis soprano, William Towers (Concerts at Cratfield)

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