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Amy Ellen Anderson


Mezzo-soprano Amy Ellen Anderson is a dynamic and versatile performer whose work in opera, song recital and oratorio has taken her throughout the United States and to Europe and Asia.

Highlights include a role in the world premiere of Patience and Sarah at the Lincoln Center Festival, performances as mezzo soloist in Mozart's Solemn Vespers and Duruflé's Requiem at Carnegie Hall, and the Liebeslieder Waltzes with the American Symphony at Avery Fisher Hall in New York City. Ms. Anderson was also featured in the North American premiere of the Rimsky-Korsakov opera May Night with the Sarasota Opera. (Opera News said, "Amy Ellen Anderson was the perfect Hannah.") She has also been the alto soloist in Handel's Messiah and Mendelssohn's Elijah at Orchestra Hall in Chicago.

Her operatic credits encompass a wide range of roles and musical styles from Baroque performances of La Messagiera in Monteverdi's Orfeo, to standard repertoire including the title role in Carmen, Rosina in the Barber of Seville, Lucretia in the Rape of Lucretia, Charlotte in Werther and Maddalena in Rigoletto among others. Of her performance as Dame Carruthers in Yeoman of the Guard, New York magazine said, "Amy Ellen Anderson could hardly have looked or sounded more delicious." She has also appeared in several new operas including Patience and Sarah by Paula Kimper with American Opera Project and Steel Grin by Peter Aglinskas with Chicago Opera Theater. Her musical theater credits include the role of Anna in The King and I.

In addition to her interest in opera, Ms. Anderson enjoys performing concert and song repertoire and has worked with American composer William Bolcom in a recital of his music in New York City. She has been a guest artist with the contemporary chamber music group Continuum. She has been featured with the Aldeburgh Festival in England, the Lincoln Center Festival, Opera Delaware, the West Virginia Symphony, Aspen Opera Theatre, Glimmerglass Opera, the Ashlawn-Highland Festival, Waco Opera, the Pacific Music Festival in Japan, Chicago Opera Theater, and Sarasota Opera.

She gave a Dame Myra Hess recital at the Chicago Cultural Center which was broadcast on WFMT radio. She has received the American Opera Society Award, The Union League Club Scholarship, the Farwell Award from the Musician's Club of Women and the Lynne Harvey Award. She is the alto soloist on a CD of Mozart's Requiem with the St. Clement Choir and Orchestra.

Ms. Anderson holds Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees from Northwestern University. She now lives in Oak Park, Illinois.

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