ANNA CHRISTY Soprano

Biography

 
 

Praised by the New York Times as “nimble of voice, body and spirit”, soprano Anna Christy continues to impress and delight audiences with an extraordinary blend of sparkling voice, powerful stage presence and innate musicality.

Ms. Christy begins the 2012/13 season as Cleopatra in a new production of Handel’s Julius Caesar at English National Opera, followed by concerts of Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortileges and Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol, with Charles Dutoit conducting the NHK Symphony in Tokyo, Japan. At home in the U.S., she returns to the Metropolitan Opera to portray Lisette in the Nicholas Joel production of Puccini’s La Rondine. In the spring, Toronto audiences will hear Ms. Christy in one of her signature roles; Lucia, in the David Alden production of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor; a role for which she has received the highest critical acclaim: “Her dazzlingly sketched coloratura in the mad scene is electrifying.” (The Daily Telegraph, U.K.). Ms. Christy closes the season as Emily Webb in Ned Rorem’s Our Town with Central City Opera, followed by performances of le Feu, la Princesse and le Rossignol in Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortileges at the Saito Kinen Festival, with Seiji Ozawa conducting.


Highlights of the 2011-12 season include appearances as Olympia in Tales of Hoffmann at Lyric Opera of Chicago, followed by her role debut there as Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos. Ms. Christy dazzled as Morgana in David Alden’s new production of Handel’s Alcina at Opera National de Bordeaux and was a featured guest soloist at the annual Ford's Theatre Gala
in Washington, DC.

In recent seasons, Ms. Christy appeared as Olympia in Tales of Hoffmann at the Metropolitan Opera, as Tytania in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Lyric Opera Chicago and at the English National Opera and .She returned to Santa Fe Opera in the 2012-11 seasons, where she delighted audiences as Kitty in the highly-acclaimed Ned Canty production of Menotti’s The Last Savage.

Ms. Christy has performed Blonde in the Rader-Schieber production of Die Entführung aus dem Serail with the San Francisco Opera in the 2009-10 season and sang the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor at English National Opera., She appeared as Oscar in Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera at both L’Opera National de Paris and at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. She was Cunegonde in Robert Carsen’s production of Candide at English National opera, and made her debut at the Teatro alla Scala and at the Theatre du Chatelet in this role. Other opera credits include Lisette in La Rondine with the San Francisco Opera, Adele in Die Fledermaus in Japan, conducted by Seiji Ozawa, Bianca in Rossini’s Bianca e Falliero with the Washington Concert Opera. She also appeared as Oscar in Un ballo in Maschera with San Francisco Opera and as Constance in Robert Carsen’s production of Les Dialogues des Carmelites at Chicago Lyric Opera, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis. In addition, she made her debut at the L’Opera de Lille as Cleopatra in Handel’s Giulio Cesare, conducted by Emmanuelle Haim and directed by David McVicar.

On the concert stage, Ms. Christy was a featured soloist in the 2009 New York City Opera Gala ‘American Voices’ which celebrated the opera company’s return to the newly renovated David H. Koch Theater and portrayed Angela in a semi-staged version of Kurt Weill’s, The Firebrand of Florence with the Collegiate Chorale at Carnegie Hall. She has performed Candide with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Carmina Burana with the St. Louis Symphony, Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, Candide, and Die Entführung aus dem Serail with the Chicago Symphony at the Ravinia Festival. Other concert engagements have included appearances with The Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, New York Festival of Song, and solo recitals in Japan.

Ms. Christy made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Papagena in Julie Taymor’s new production of Die Zauberflöte, conducted by James Levine in the 2004/2005 season. Two more debuts followed, with appearances as Muffin in the world premiere of William Bolcom’s A Wedding at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and with Opera Theatre of St. Louis as Zemire in Zemire et Azor. This season also brought her back to Santa Fe Opera to sing Celia in Lucio Silla. In the 2005-06 season, Ms. Christy appeared at the Metropolitan Opera as Hortense in the world premiere production of Tobias Picker's An American Tragedy, and returned later in the season with performances of Papagena in Die Zauberflöte.

Other important past engagements for Ms. Christy include her San Francisco debut as Angel More in The Mother of us All, conducted by Donald Runnicles and directed by Christopher Alden; Marzelline in a concert version Fidelio with the San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas conducting; Zerlina in Don Giovanni with the Los Angeles Opera; Mrs. Nordstrom in A Little Night Music and Annabelle in The Glass Blowers with New York City Opera, and her Santa Fe Opera debut as Jiang Ching in the world premiere of Madame Mao (music by Bright Sheng, libretto by Colin Graham).

Selected by New York City Opera, Anna Christy is the recipient of a 2005 Martin E. Segal Award, presented annually to nominees by two of Lincoln Center's twelve resident arts constituents. She is also the recipient of a 2005 Richard Tucker Music Foundation Career Grant, the 2004 ARIA award, a 2002 Sullivan Foundation Grant, a 2002 Richard F. Gold Grant and the 2000 Shouse Debut Artist Award from Wolf Trap Opera.

Anna Christy was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Pasadena, California.  She spent her summers in Tokyo, Japan, at her mother’s family home, and is fluent in Japanese.  Ms. Christy attended Polytechnic School in Pasadena and was a founding member of the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus.  She is a graduate of Rice University and the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music.  Ms. Christy currently resides with her husband and daughter in Colorado.

Photo: Dario Acosta