Hargrave Music Festival

Anna Dennis

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.

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Notable concert performances have included Britten’s War Requiem at the Berlin Philharmonie,  a programme of Russian operatic arias with Philharmonia Baroque in San Francisco, Thomas Ades’  Life Story accompanied by the composer at the Lincoln Centre’s White Light Festival in New York, Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Orquestra Gulbenkian in Lisbon,  Bach’s Christmas Oratorio  with the Australian Chamber Orchestra in Sydney Opera House and with Concerto Copenhagen in Amsterdam,  and Haydn’s Schöpfung with Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa in Japan. Her BBC Proms appearances include performances with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Britten Sinfonia and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

Recent operatic  roles include:  Paride/Gluck’s Paride ed Elena (Nuremberg Opera House) Katherine Dee/Damon Albarn’s Dr Dee (English National Opera),  Emira/Handel’s Siroe  (with  Laurence Cummings, Göttingen Händel Festspiele), Bersi/Andrea Chenier (Opera North) Ilia/Mozart’s Idomeneo directed by Graham Vick (Birmingham Opera Company),   Pamina/The Magic Flute (Lichfield Festival) and  Strawberry Seller & Strolling Player/Britten’s Death in Venice (La Scala, Milan). A keen interpreter of contemporary music,  Anna has created roles in premieres of Francisco Coll’s Cafe Kafka (Royal Opera House/Opera North/Aldeburgh),  Jonathan Dove’s The Walk From The Garden (Salisbury Festival) and  The Enchanted Pig (Young Vic),  Edward Rushton’s The Shops (Bregenz Festspiele/Royal Opera House), Will Tuckett’s Pleasure’s Progress (Royal Opera House), and Yannis Kyriakides’ An Ocean of Rain (Aldeburgh Festival/Amsterdam Muziekgebouw).

Her recordings include Rameau’s Anacreon of 1754 with the Orchestra of the Age Enlightenment, Handel’s Siroe and Joshua with Laurence Cummings and Festspiel Orchester Göttingen, and a cd of Russian composer Elena Langer’s chamber works, Landscape with Three People on the  Harmonia Mundi label.

 Performances in 2016 include  Rosmene/Handel’s  Imeneo at the Göttingen Festspiele, Iphigenie en Tauride  at the International Gluck Festspiele in Nuremberg,  Purcell’s Dido  at the St Magnus Festival in Orkney, Bach Weinachtsoratorium with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with the Orquestra Gulbenkian in Lisbon.