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 an Apprentice Artist to cover the role of Annina in Verdi's La traviata, where she previously covered the role of Zulma in Rossini's L'Italiana in Algeri as an Apprentice Artist in the winter of 2017.
As a "promising young voice", 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.
Most recently, 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