Annie Chester, mezzo soprano has been praised for her strong dramatic presence on the operatic stage and her “warm, rich, chocolatey voice”.
Most recently, Ms. Chester returned to the Sarasota Opera as a 2019 Studio Artist to perform the role of Dritte Dame in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and to cover the role of Fenena in Verdi’s Nabucco. While in residence there, she was awarded the Gunther and Ilse Kern Grant for Opera Artists. Annie will return to Sarasota Opera in the fall to sing the role of Giovanna in Verdi’s Rigoletto and to cover the role of Maddalena as a Studio Artist.
The summer of 2019 will find the mezzo soprano at Opera Saratoga performing a series of recitals as well as the role of Gertrud in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel as a festival artist.
Last season, Ms. Chester made an auspicious debut with the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival performing the role of Ruggiero in Handel’s Alcina. Her vocalism was memorably described as “mellifluous”. Ms. Chester returned to Sarasota Opera as a 2018 Studio Artist to perform the roles of Antonia in D’Albert’s Tiefland and the Madrigal Singer in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut. Previously, she was an Apprentice Artist with Sarasota Opera, where she covered the roles of Annina in Verdi’s La Traviata (Fall 2017) and Zulma in Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algeri (Winter 2017).
Annie Chester’s resume spans the gamut of operatic productions, oratorios and concerts, commercial media, world premieres and recitals. Her opera credits include Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, Dorabella in Cosi fan Tutte, Dritte Dame in Die Zauberflöte, Amastre in Xerxes, the title role of Dido in Dido and Aeneas, Jade Boucher in Dead Man Walking and Olga in The Merry Widow.
As an outstanding oratorio/concert soloist, Ms. Chester has performed as mezzo/alto soloist in Bach’s Magnificat, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Beethoven’s Mass in C, Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb, Corigliano’s Fern Hill, Mozart’s Requiem, Mozart’s Coronation Mass in C, and Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle.
Annie Chester holds both Master of Music (MM ’16) and Bachelor of Music (BM ’14) degrees in voice performance from the world-renowned Indiana University Jacobs School of Music (Bloomington, Indiana), where she studied with acclaimed voice teachers, Scharmal Schrock and Patricia Havranek. Ms. Chester currently resides in New York City.
Photographer: Synthia Steiman