Ann Taylor - Mezzo-Soprano

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Mezzo-soprano Ann Taylor was born in North Wales and studied at the Royal Northern College of Music, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio. 



She has sung with major companies across Europe including Glyndebourne Festival Opera, La Monnaie, Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera, Opera North, Glyndebourne Touring Opera, Opera Zuid and Bavarian State Opera (Munich), as well as at the New Zealand Festival. Title roles include Handel’s Ariodante and Gluck’s Orfeo, Rosina Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Hänsel Hänsel und Gretel, Cherubino Le Nozze di Figaro, Dorabella Cosi fan tutte, Ramiro La Finta Giardiniera, Donna Clara The Duenna, Varvara Katya Kabanova, Pipo The Thieving Magpie, Hermia A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Kristina The Makropoulos Case, Oreste La Belle Hélène, Phoebe The Yeomen of the Guard, Annius La Clemenza di Tito, Kate Owen Wingrave, Schumann’s Manfred, Page Salome, Suzuki Madama Butterfly, and Messenger and Proserpina Orfeo.

Ann has also created roles in three world premières: Sarah in Jonathan Dove’s Tobias and the Angel for Almeida Opera, Judy and Grey Wolf in Michael Berkeley’s Baa Baa Black Sheep for Opera North, and Stewardess in Jonathan Dove’s Flight for Glyndebourne.

Her career as a concert artist is equally successful and she has performed at the BBC Proms, the Edinburgh International Festival, the Cheltenham Festival, at the Barbican and the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London and the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester.  She has performed with the London Philharmonic, the BBC Philharmonic, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Hallé, the Haydn Chamber Orchestra, the Manchester Camerata and the English Northern Philharmonia in works including Beethoven Symphony No. 9, Mahler Symphony No. 8 and Berlioz Les Nuits d’été.  Most recently, she performed Wolf songs, orchestrated by Stravinsky and Grisey with the Remix Ensemble in Porto and concerts with Scottish Opera and Opera North.

Ann’s recordings include Donna Clara in Gerhard’s The Duenna, Nancy Albert Herring with Stuart Bedford, Judy and Grey Wolf Baa Baa Black Sheep, Ricci’s Corrado d’Altamura with Opera Rara, Vert-Vert by Offenbach, and Parisina by Donizetti.

Films include Lucia for Lexington Film Studio (directed by Don Boyd) and Jeannie Bassett in Buzz on the Moon, a new opera for television by Jonathan Dove.

2017-18 sees a return to Opera North as Mother/Chinese Cup/Squirrel L’enfant et les sortilèges, Miss Stuhlá Osud and Suzuki Madam Butterfly.

Hippolyta  A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Britten

 

Minkswoman  Flight – Dove

 

Nerys  Medea – Cherubini

 

For Suzuki Madama Butterfly

“But the best performances are in the supporting roles…Ann Taylor’s Suzuki is a wonderful expressive foil to Duprels”

Andrew Graham/Artsdesk

“Equally successful was Ann Taylor in conveying the sad, reproachful affection with which Suzuki watches her mistress deceive herself.  Her looks were as eloquent as her singing”

Anthony Arblaster/The Independent

 

For Emilia Otello

“One longed for Emilia, excellently sung and portrayed by Ann Taylor, to take over…”

Michael Tanner/Spectator

 

For Cornelia/Giulio Cesare

“The most impressive singing comes from Ann Taylor and Kathryn Rudge – their duet in Act 1 is marvellous – two voices matched beautifully”

Graham Rickson/Artsdesk