Biography

Anna Fraser - Soprano

Born in Sydney and a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (2000) and New England Conservatory (2002) in Boston, Anna Fraser has gained a reputation as a versatile soprano specialising predominantly in the interpretation of early and contemporary repertoire. In 2002, before returning to Australia, Anna attended the Britten-Pears Young Artist Program under the expert tutelage of the late Anthony Rolfe-Johnson and was a featured soloist in Handel's Dixit Dominus and the masque Acis and Galatea directed by Richard Egarr at the Aldeburgh Festival.

 

In Australia, Anna performs extensively with a number of Sydney's professional ensembles including Pinchgut Opera, Cantillation, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Sydney Symphony, Ironwood, Salut! Baroque, ACO Voices, Sydney Consort, Ondine Productions (Caccini’s La Liberazione di Ruggiero dall’isola d'Alcina) and Thoroughbass and, as a permanent member since 2008, the Song Company with whom Anna regularly performs in national tours, most recently with Tura New Music joined by William Barton (didgeridoo) travelling through remote and beautiful areas of Western Australia and the Northern Territory in 2011, as well as abroad, to destinations such as the Flanders Festival in Gent (2009), the Royal Northern College, Manchester and Switzerland (2008), the Shanghai World Expo, China and a national tour with Chamber Music New Zealand (2010). Anna has also been featured with the Song Company, Cantillation and Pinchgut Opera in numerous recordings for ABC Classic and independent labels release as an ensemble singer and a soloist.

 

With Sydney’s Pinchgut Opera, Anna has been performing with the specialised opera company in their annual productions since 2004, with roles in Monteverdi's L'Orfeo (Speranza), Rameau’s Dardanus (Une Phrygienne) and Cavalli’s L’Ormindo (Mirinda and Melide) and most recently in their 2012 production of Rameau’s Castor et Pollux (Cléone, Une Suivante, Une Ombre): “Anna Fraser, who took on a variety of smaller roles, had the most thrilling sound – big and effortless.” Bachtrack


Earlier in 2012 Anna had the pleasure of collaborating as a soloist with Elizabeth Wallfisch (violin) and the Wallfisch Band in various programmes at the Canberra International Music Festival including Bach’s B minor Mass and Mozart’s Davide Penitente. Anna was delighted to join them again in London to perform in their Bach Unwrapped programmes at Kings Place over the 2013 New Year period to much acclaim.