Sgombra è la sacra selva: Norma (V. Bellini)
Anna Laurenzo, mezzo-soprano
Josh Quinn, piano
Noted for her “lovely tone and convincing dramatic arc” mezzo-soprano Anna Laurenzo has gained experience in a wide range of repertoire over her diverse career. In the spring of 2020, Ms. Laurenzo made her Off-Broadway debut understudying the role of Mrs. Van Buren and singing in the ensemble of the world premiere of Intimate Apparel at the Lincoln Center Theater by Ricky Ian Gordon and Lynn Nottage (postponed to 2022 due to COVID19). Additional recent engagements include a role and company debut as Dorabella in Così fan tutte with the Glacier Symphony followed by Dorabella with the Metropolitan Opera Guild and her Fall 2019 return to Chicago Opera Theater, performing the role of Meg Weathers in the Chicago premiere of Everest.
A passionate interpreter of art song, Ms. Laurenzo joined the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago as their Vocal Chamber Music Fellow for the 2020-21 season and has been invited to return for 2021-22. In the summer of 2020, she was proud to be an Inaugural Vocal Fellow with the Crested Butte Music Festival. In the fall of 2021, Ms. Laurenzo will perform as a featured soloist in the Collaborative Artist Institute of Chicago’s Collaborative Works Festival, as well as, present recitals with New Music Chicago, the Musicians Club of Women and the Artist Presentation Society.
Within the standard operatic repertoire, Ms. Laurenzo has most recently performed Mercédès in Carmen and covered Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, both with Fort Worth Opera. She has also been heard and seen as Pedrillo in a rare mounting of Telemann's Don Quichotte, Farnace in Mozart's adventurous early work Mitridate, re di Ponto, Isabella in L'italiana in Algeri, Olga in Eugene Onegin, Ida in Die Fledermaus, Emma Jones in Street Scene, and Paquette in Candide.
Noted for her performance of contemporary American works, Ms. Laurenzo is a veteran of multiple world premiere productions. Her collaborations with composers have included work with Carlisle Floyd, Jeff Myers, Scott Wheeler, David T. Little, and Libby Larsen. During her recent two-season residency with Fort Worth Opera as a Lesley Apprentice Artist, Ms. Laurenzo participated in the company's new works initiative Frontiers as well as workshops of Libby Larsen's A Wrinkle in Time and David T. Little's JFK. She went on to cover the role of Jackie Kennedy in the Fort Worth Opera world premiere production of JFK and also performed in the company's 2016 and 2017 festival seasons as GPS in Patrick Soluri's Embedded, the Undertaker in Jeff Myers' Buried Alive, and Alycia Simpson in Matthew Peterson's Voir Dire.
Ms. Laurenzo made her initial appearances within the New York City classical performance scene in the autumn of 2017. She was heard in performances with New York Theatre Ballet, the Metropolitan Opera Guild, and the American Opera Society.
Ms. Laurenzo has been recognized on the vocal competition circuit, most recently winning the 2021 Artist Presentation Society Competition, and winning Second Prize in the 2021 Schubert Club Competition. She also has recently won the New York district of the 2018 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. In 2017 she was second place winner for the Fielder Grant, and in 2016 she won an encouragement award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, was honored as a finalist for the American Prize, and competed as a semi-finalist in the Opera Birmingham competition.