Anna Laurenzo, mezzo-soprano

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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 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.

Noted especially for her performance of contemporary American works, Laurenzo is a veteran of multiple world premiere productions. She stars in the 2020 release of Voir Dire original cast album in the roles she originated in the 2017 world premiere performances at Fort Worth Opera. Her collaborations have included work with several renowned composers, including Ricky Ian Gordon, Carlisle Floyd, Jeff Myers, Scott Wheeler, David T. Little, and Libby Larsen. She covered the role of Jackie Kennedy in Fort Worth Opera’s world premiere production of JFK, and 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.

A passionate interpreter of art song, Ms. Laurenzo has joined the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago as their Vocal Chamber Music Fellow for the 2020-21 season, featured in their Fall Festival virtual programming, as well as making appearances in future events yet to be announced. In the Summer of 2020, she was proud to be an Inaugural Vocal Fellow with the Crested Butte Music Festival.

The 2018/2019 season saw Laurenzo’s Carnegie Hall debut as the mezzo soloist in Vivaldi’s Gloria and Haydn’s Mariazeller Mass. She was seen in performances of The Rose and the Knife with LOFTrecital: a provocative performance of Berlioz’s Les Nuits d’été, and a performance of Joel Feigin’s Outcast at the Gate with Center for Contemporary Opera. Ms. Laurenzo also joined the roster of Chicago Opera Theater as the cover for the role of Brother in Stefan Weisman and David Cote’s critically acclaimed, The Scarlet Ibis in the work’s Chicago premiere.

Within the standard operatic repertoire, Laurenzo has recently performed Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, Mercédès in Carmen, and covered Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia. She has also appeared 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.

Ms. Laurenzo has been recognized in the vocal competition circuit, most recently winning the New York district of the 2018 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. In 2017, she was the second place winner of 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.