Anna Rajah

Samling Artist Programme: 2012

Born in Darlington, Anna Rajah studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (GSMD) graduating with a 1st class BMus Hons degree. She then joined the Royal College of Music (RCM) where she gained a Master’s with Distinction and then pursued her training at the International Opera School. She studies with Tim Evans Jones.

Winner of the Royal Over-Seas League Competition 2014, the RCM’s Brooks/Van der Pump English Song and Joan Chissell Schumann Song Competitions, Anna received the audience prize at the Maureen Lehane Vocal Award (2012) and has been awarded a Musicians Benevolent Fund Miriam Licette Scholarship at the Royal Opera House. She was also a semi-finalist in the London Mozart Competition and Hampshire Singer of the Year in 2011. Anna is a recipient of Independent Opera Vocal Awards and a Samling Artist.

Operatic roles at the RCM have included Drusilla L’Incoronazione di Poppea in collaboration with English Touring Opera, Barbarina Le nozze di Figaro, Lady Ellington in Offenbach’s La Vie Parisienne, La Princesse L’enfant et les sortilèges and Alceste Arianna di Creta.  She also performed the roles of Pepik, Owl and the Frog The Cunning Little Vixen and Queen of the Night Die Zauberflöte both for Ryedale Festival Opera,

Also interested in contemporary music, Anna created the roles of Emma Freeman in Chris Roe’s new opera called White Star, and Imogen and the vowel ‘O’ in Iain Burnside’s Journeying Boys.

Passionate about concerts, Anna performed Berlioz’s Les nuits d’été with the Ryedale Festival Ensemble, Haydn’s Nelson Mass at St. John’s Smith Square, Mozart and Rutter’s Requiem, Poulenc’s Gloria, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms,  Handel’s Dixit Dominus and Messiah, Scarlatti’s Laudate Pueri, Bach’s Magnificat, Finzi’s In Terra Pax and Saint-Saens Christmas Oratorio.

Anna was a member of the Glyndebourne Chorus where she was a Jerwood Young Artist, and performed the role of Siren Rinaldo and covered Sandrina La Finta Giardiniera.

Anna Rajah is currently a member of the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich Opera Studio where she performs recitals, concerts as well as roles including 1st bride Le Nozze di Figaro and Contessa Adele Le Comte Ory by Rossini.

Anna Rajah is a Hazard Chase Young Associate Artist.