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'a superbly placed sense of drama from Huntley, while never losing a sense of sponteneity ... she was right under the skin of the character in Schumann's evergreen Frauenliebe und Leben, using her endlessly pliable voice to maximum effect'
The Scotsman, July 2015
'Huntley's mezzo, noble in timbre and confidential in tone, does fulsome justice to Traurige Wege and Herbstentschluss'
Financial Times, 26 July 2013
'Mezzo Anna Huntley is a fast-rising British talent who brought an impressive bloom to the premiere of Alec Roth's Garden Songs, based on the poems of Amy Lowell. The words have such an onomatopoeic content they practically set themselves, though Roth wove beguiling, jazzy textures embellished by outbreaks of scat. Huntley and her exemplary accompanist, James Baillieu, also dug out a delightfully daft Joyce Grenfell ditty, written to amuse her friend Benjamin Britten in 1967.'
The Guardian, Leeds Lieder Festival, October 2013
'…his quartet of young singers was matchless…Martha Guth…continued with the amorous breezes in a duet with the similarly gifted Anna Huntley in a setting by Massenet of de Musset’s Souvenir de Venise.'
Bachtrack, Leeds Lieder Festival with Graham Johnson, October 2013
'Irene was sung by Anna Huntley, with adept comic timing. Her voice is warm but strongly projected.'
Opera, Atalanta with Cambridge Handel Opera, July 2013
'Anna's fine voice and real sense of drama was beautifully balanced by the playing of Simon Lepper'
The Latest, Brighton Festival Lunchtime Concert, May 2013
'Anna Huntely’s Irene, portrayed by the young mezzo soprano is outrageously funny and at the same time deeply moving and utterly human.'
Haverhill Echo, Jack Tippin, May 2013
'Anna Huntley was a touching Hermia'
The Independent, Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream, July 2009
'Anna Huntley's feisty Dorabella'
What'sOnStage.com, Cosi fan tutte with the English Chamber Opera, November 2009
'Anna Huntley did well in the role of Arminda’s suitor, Don Ramiro'
Boulezian, La finta giardiniera at the Royal College of Music, December 2008
- Rossini - La regata veneziana, i. Anzoleta avanti la regata
- Schumann - Gedichte der Königen Maria Stuart, Op, 135
- Sir Noël Coward - Bitter Sweet: 'If love were all'
- Flanders and Swann - The Warthog
- Francisco Ernani Braga - Nighe-Nighe-Ninhas
- Francisco Ernani Braga - São João-da-ra-rão
- Carlos Guastavino - La rosa y el sauce
Described by the Guardian as a 'fast-rising British talent', in 2011 Anna won the Wigmore Hall/Independent Opera Vocal Fellowship at the Song Competition and 3rd Prize at Das Lied Competition.
Born in Stockton-on-Tees, Anna studied at the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music International Opera School. Awards during her studies included 3rd Prize at the Das Lied Competition in Berlin and the Wigmore Hall/Independent Opera Vocal Fellowship at the Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition. She was selected by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) in 2012.
Over the last year Anna has returned to English National Opera covering the roles of Dorabella (Cosi fan tutte), Pauline (Queen of Spades) and the title role in The Way Back Home. In 2016 she takes the role of a Daughter in Philip Glass’s Akhnaten in a new production at ENO.
An outstanding lieder singer, recent highlights include recitals with James Baillieu at Brighton Festival and Perth Concert Hall (broadcast by Radio 3), and with Graham Johnson at the Oxford and Leeds Lieder Festivals. Engagements this season include a recital in the Wigmore Hall Song Series, Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with City of London Sinfonia and Haydn’s Harmoniemesse with Oxford Philomusica conducted by Andras Schiff.
Anna is mentored by Angelika Kirchschlager as part of the Royal Philharmonic Society/YCAT Philip Langridge Mentoring Scheme.
Previous operatic roles have included Irene (Atalanta) with Cambridge Handel Opera production, Rosina (Barber of Seville) with Opera Brava and Hermia (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) for English Touring Opera. She has also covered Suzuki (Madame Butterfly) for Welsh National Opera, Dido/Sorceress in After Dido based on Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas, and the Alto Role in Wolfgang Rihm’s Jacob Lenz for English National Opera.
On the concert platform Anna has performed Berlioz’s Les nuits d’été and Berio Folksongs with the Hebrides Ensemble at the Bath International Festival, appeared as soloist in Bach’s B Minor Mass with Trevor Pinnock, Handel’s The Choice of Hercules with Daniel Taylor and Laurence Cummings, Mozart’s Requiem at Symphony Hall Birmingham and Elgar’s Music Maker’s with the Huddersfield Choral Society. In 2012 she undertook a Barbican Residency working on a one-woman show.
Anna was a Samling Artist, a Concordia Foundation and Live Music Now! artist. She is very grateful for support from the Richard Carne Trust.