Anna Grevelius

Samling Artist Programme: 2006

Swedish mezzo-soprano Anna Grevelius studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and was later accepted to the Benjamin Britten International Opera School at Royal College of Music, as a Sir Thomas Allen Scholar. She then joined the National Opera Studio for the 2006/07 season.

Operatic roles have included Dorabella Così fan tutte (Classical Opera Company), Prince Orlovsky Die Fledermaus, Lucretia The Rape of Lucretia (both RCM) and Onoria in Handel’s Ezio (RCM, as a part of the London Handel Festival), 2nd Witch Dido and Aeneas (Aix-en- Provence Festival 2006), Cecilio Lucio Silla (Classical Opera Company), Proserpina Orfeo (Drottningholm), Nerone L’Incoronazione di Poppea, Pitti-Sing Mikado and Fyodor Boris Godunov for ENO, Cherubino Le Nozze di Figaro (Garsington) and Rusalka at Grange Park Opera. Her role debut as Rosina in The Barber of Seville for ENO gained her outstanding reviews. The Financial Times wrote: ‘She makes Rossini’s decorated lines sound as natural in English as in the Italian of her Act Two singing lesson, and Grevelius’ pure, bell-like timbre has no trouble filling the theatre. In this guise she may be an English Rose-ina but one destined for far horizons.’

In 2009, she appeared at the Festival Aix-en-Provence as 2nd Lady The Magic Flute, conducted by René Jacobs, followed by a recording for Harmonia Mundi, released last year. Anna returned to ENO for Varvara Katya Kabanova in a new production for ENO by David Alden, which was also presented at the Teatro Nacional de Sao Carlos in Lisbon, and as Siebel Faust. More recently, she sang Juno Platée, conducted by René Jacobs, for De Nederlandse Opera.

In concert, she has performed Bruckner’s Te Deum under Bernard Haitink, Elijah at the 2009 Bach Festival Leipzig with Leon Botstein and the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Rossini’s cantata Giovanna d’Arco at the Brighton Festival, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Manchester Camerata and Douglas Boyd, The Magic Flute at the Salzburg Mozartwochen, and worked with the English Chamber Orchestra and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.

A gifted recitalist, Anna has recently appeared at London’s King’s Place, in Cambridge, Santiago de Compostella, at the Oxford Lieder and the Brighton Festivals, with Roger Vignoles and at London’s Middle Temple Hall and Wigmore Hall with Julius Drake. She is featured on the latest two volumes of Mendelssohn songs for Hyperion Records with pianist Eugene Asti, and on two live recordings of Wolf songs from the Oxford Lieder Festival.

Anna has participated in masterclasses with distinguished artists such as Anne-Sofie von Otter, Sarah Connolly, Ann Murray and Sir Thomas Allen (Samling). She was the winner of the 2004 Gerald Moore Award’s Singer’s Prize and the 2006 RCM Lies Askonas Competition. She is also the recipient of the the ‘Prix Gabriel Dussurget 2009’, awarded by the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence.

Her future operatic engagements include Cherubino for the Opera National de Paris and Annio/La Clemenzo di Tito at La Monnaie, Brussels and the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris.