Huntley's mezzo, noble in timbre and confidential in tone, does fulsome justice to Traurige Wege and Herbstentschluss.
A N N A H U N T L E Y
M E Z Z O - S O P R A N O
Mezzo-Soprano Anna Huntley was a scholar at the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music International Opera School. Awards during this time included the Wigmore Hall/Independent Opera Vocal Fellowship at the Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition, 3rd Prize at the Das Lied Competition in Berlin, the Michael Oliver Prize at the London Handel Singing Competition, MBF Education Awards and an Independent Opera Postgraduate Bursary.
An outstanding recitalist, Anna is a regular performer at the Wigmore Hall, London and across the rest of the UK and Europe, working with many of the world’s leading accompanists including Graham Johnson, Julius Drake, Iain Burnside, Simon Lepper and James Baillieu. Highlights include recitals at the Wiener Musikverein, Kammermusiksaal, Berliner Philharmonie (broadcast on German Radio), the Blüthner Zylkus at the Haus der Ingenieure, Vienna and also at Klavier-Festival Ruhr, Herten and Oxford Lieder, Brighton, Bath, St Magnus and Leeds Lieder Festivals. In 2015, she made her Wiener Konzerthaus debut with Georg Nigl and Luca Pianca in their Bach Cantata Series, before returning the following month to sing in Schumann’s Faust Szene with Daniel Harding and the Wiener Symphoniker. She recently returned once again to perform Walter Arlen’s The Song of Songs with the Wiener Symphoniker, recording it for Japanese TV station, NHK and Austria’s ORF. Other recent concert performances include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Alexander Vedernikov and the BBC Symphony Orchestra (broadcast on Radio 3), Haydn’s Harmoniemesse with the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Andras Schiff and Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with Michael Collins and the City of London Sinfonia, streamed live from London.
In 2016, Anna returned to English National Opera to perform the role of Daughter in their Olivier Award-Winning production of Philip Glass’ Akhnaten, having previously covered the roles of Dorabella/ Cosi fan tutte, Pauline/ Queen of Spades and the leading role in Joanna Lee’s The Way Back Home. Other highlights of recent opera seasons include cover Suzuki/ Madama Butterly (Welsh National Opera), Hermia/ A Midsummer Night’s Dream (English Touring Opera), Irene/ Atalanta (Cambridge Handel Opera Group) and Cherubino/ The Marriage of Figaro and Rosina/ The Barber of Seville in tours of the UK with Opera Brava. In 2018, she will make her debut at The Israeli Opera, Tel Aviv in the role of Hermia/ A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
In February 2016, Anna was featured as a ‘Rising Star’ in BBC Music Magazine and in the same month, released her Debut CD of Schubert Songs for Voice & Guitar on the Quartz label in the same month. She was selected by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) in 2012 and has been mentored by Angelika Kirchschlager as part of the Royal Philharmonic Society/YCAT Philip Langridge Mentoring Scheme ever since. Lauded by The Guardian as a ‘fast-rising British talent’, future releases include recordings of Schumann’s Frauenliebe und -leben and Ravel’s Chansons madécasses and Trois poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé.
She is very grateful for support from the Richard Carne Trust.