Mezzo soprano Annie Chester has been praised for her strong dramatic presence on the operatic stage and her "warm, rich, chocolatey voice".
This season Ms. Chester returns 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).
This summer, Ms. Chester will perform the role of Ruggiero in Handel's Alcina at the Hawai'i Performing Arts Festival.
Ms. Chester's resume spans operatic roles, oratorio solos, commercial media, world premieres, and recitals. Her opera credits include Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Dritte dame (Die Zauberflöte), Amastre (Xerxes), Dido (Dido and Aeneas), Jade Boucher (Dead Man Walking), and Olga (The Merry Widow). Shining as a choral soloist, Ms. Chester has performed as the 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.
Ms. Chester received the Robert and Sophia Marks Memorial Graduate Voice Award with the Indianapolis Matinee Musicale Competition. As the recipient of this award, she performed a recital at the historic Indiana Landmarks in March 2016.
Ms. Chester holds a bachelors of music degree (BM '14) and a masters of music (MM '16) from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where she studied with Scharmal Schrock and Patricia Havranek. She currently resides in New York City.
Photographer: Synthia Steiman