Anne Mason

Anne Mason

MEZZO-SOPRANO
“The real revelation is Anne Mason, as the vengeance-crazy Azucena... white-hot rage with a steely yet expressive timbre and knockout power.” [Il Trovatore]

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Overview

Anne Mason has sung with Royal Opera, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Teatro Real Madrid, Liceu Barcelona, Netherlands Opera, Aix-en-Provence Festival, Dresden Semperoper, Opéra de Lille and De Vlaamse Opera. She has recently excelled in the dramatic mezzo roles of Azucena, Jezibaba and Kostelnicka and is highly praised for her searing dramatic interpretations.

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Full Biography

Anne Mason was born in Lincolnshire and studied at the Royal Academy of Music and The National Opera Studio. She made her operatic debut with Opera North singing Fenena Nabucco and has subsequently sung with the Royal Opera, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera, Kent Opera, English Touring Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Opera Holland Park, Chelsea Opera Group, Teatro Real Madrid, Liceu Barcelona, Netherlands Opera, Aix-en-Provence Festival, Innsbruck Early Music Festival, Dresden Semperoper, Opéra de Lille, Orleans Opera, Angers-Nantes Opera and De Vlaamse Opera. Anne also has a wide concert repertoire and has sung with LSO, Hallé Orchestra, LPO, RPO and English Chamber Orchestra, and with conductors such as Nicholas McGegan, Sir Colin Davis, Bernard Haitink, Sir Roger Norrington and Sir John Eliot Gardiner.

Anne’s repertoire includes Suzuki Madama Butterfly, Annina Der Rosenkavalier, Enrichetta I Puritani, Gertrude/Witch Hänsel und Gretel, Guinevere Gawain and the Green Knight, Dorabella Così fan Tutte, Marcellina Le Nozze di Figaro, Fenena Nabucco, Adalgisa Norma, Mother Hänsel und Gretel, title role and Cornelia Giulio Cesare, Fricka Die Walküre, Kostelnicka Jenůfa, Kabanicha Kát’a Kabanová, Azucena Il Trovatore, Minsk Woman Flight, title role Maria Stuarda, Agnes Beatrice di Tenda and The Duchess of York in the world premiere of Giorgio Battistelli’s Richard III.

Anne’s recordings include Marcellina (Haitink/EMI), Candida Emilia di Liverpool and Ismene in Simon Mayr’s Medea (Opera Rara) and Azucena Il Trovatore (Parry/Chandos). On DVD she appeared as Helen King Priam for Kent Opera and in Channel 4’s Death of a Princess written by Jonathan Dove. She also sang in the world premiere of All Our Future Days, a song cycle by Jonathan Dove which was composed especially for her.

Further operatic engagements have included Kostelnicka Jenůfa (GTO), Mrs Alexander Satyagraha (ENO) and Génèvieve Pelléas et Mélisande (Opera Holland Park), Baba the Turk The Rake’s Progress (Opéra de Lille), Annina La Traviata (Opéra de Dijon and Théâtre de Caen), Larina Eugene Onegin (Opera Holland Park), Jezibaba Rusalka (Glyndebourne on Tour), Mary The Flying Dutchman (NI Opera), Marcellina Le Nozze di Figaro (Glyndebourne Festival), and Mother Hänsel und Gretel and Mrs Grose Turn of the Screw for Glyndebourne Touring Opera. Recent engagements included Mrs Noah Noyes Fludde in Amiens, Azucena in Il Trovatore for Scottish Opera and Ragonde Le Comte Ory for Chelsea Opera Group at Cadogan Hall.

Recent and future engagements include Benjamin Ellin’s One Before Zero with the Orchestre de Picardie, a return to Scottish Opera for Génèvieve in David McVicar’s new production of Pelléas et Mélisande, Mother in the première of Emily Howard’s To See the Invisible at the 2018 Aldeburgh Festival, Kabanicha in Kát’a Kabanová with Opera Holland Park and Mrs de Rocher in Dead Man Walking with Welsh National Opera.

Promoters please note: if you wish to include this biography in a concert programme, please contact Hazard Chase to ensure that you receive the most up to date version.  Email: Tom Wood

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News

Hazard Chase mezzo steals the limelight in Scottish Opera’s revival of Verdi’s Il Trovatore

May 12th, 2015

High praise for Anne Mason’s Azucena

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Reviews

DEAD MAN WALKING – Welsh National Opera

“Anne Mason’s performance as Joseph’s mother was remarkable; she invested a rather simple and bewildered woman with a fully ‘operatic’ (in the best sense) weight of emotion and dignity. Her performance repeatedly tore at the strings of one’s heart – I don’t mind admitting that I felt my eyes filling up with tears at more than one point.”
SeenandHeard International, Glyn Pursglove (June 2019)

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IL TROVATORE – Scottish Opera (2015)

“The real revelation is Anne Mason, as the vengeance-crazy Azucena. She proves that you don’t have to foam at the mouth and chew the furniture if you have the voice to convey white-hot rage with a steely yet expressive timbre and knockout power.”
The Times, Richard Morrison (12 May 2015)

“Mason is the unquestionable star of the show. Her mezzo soprano voice exudes a rich, golden quality across its entire range, imbuing this Azucena with the essential combination of hot-bloodedness and tender affection. A truly memorable performance.”
The Scotsman, Ken Walton (9 May 2015)

“Stealing more than one scene is Anne Mason as the crazed gypsy Azucena, whose desire to avenge her mother’s terrible death motivates the entire plot; vocally, she attacks the part with comprehensively meaty tone.”
The Stage, George Hall (8 May 2015)

“…her delivery is potent”
The Guardian, Kate Molleson (8 May 2015)

JENUFA – Glyndebourne on Tour (November 2009)

“The unifying performance – and what a performance -of the evening comes from Anne Mason as Jenufa’s stepmother, the Kostelnicka, whose determination to give her stepdaughter a better life than hers drives this essentially decent woman to an unspeakable act. That we can so completely read and understand the emotional journey that takes her there is a huge tribute to both singer and director. When in act one this tight-waisted, buttoned-up, woman stands centre stage to reveal the depths of a lifetime’s disillusionment the light that goes out within her goes out on stage, too. I don’t think I have ever been quite so moved by her scene with the wastrel Steva where she goes down on her knees to beg him to rescue her stepdaughter and his illegitimate child from social disgrace. More often that not we see two-dimensional Kostelnickas – not so with Mason. The emotional range of her singing draws us in so close it’s uncomfortable. Tremendous.”
The Independent, Edward Seckerson (29 Oct 2009)

“The other revelation was Anne Mason as the Kostelnicka, who rises to an extraordinary emotional grandeur.”
The Telegraph, Rupert Christiansen (27 Oct 2009)

“…and in Anne Mason’s descent from unflinching rectitude to soul-shattering guilt, the linchpin character of Kostelnicka finds an outstanding exponent. Her grand and resourceful mezzo is up to every challenge the opera throws at her.”
The Guardian, George Hall (1 Nov 2009)

“But the real triumph of this production, so richly animated with folkdance and song, is the intense emotional dysfunctionality of Anne Mason’s magnificent Kostelnicka. Minutely thought through, it rejects the black ramrod caricature for a multidimensional study of human pain and fear. And Mason’s mezzo, always beautifully nourished and preserved, expresses this completely with a fierce strength and revelatory insight.”
The Times, Hilary Finch (4 Nov 2009)

“….. the melding of her voice into Jenufa’s in the confession was heartbreaking, as it should be.  Her singing had urgency and authority, and her economical acting was very eloquent”.
Opera Magazine, Peter Reed (Dec 2009)

IL TROVATORE – Opera Holland Park (June 2008)

“Anne Mason’s Azucena is among the best sung and most subtly inflected I have heard. Here’s an Azucena who excites with the impulse of the words, not the pneumatic overuse of her chest voice. She’s classy and touching; her singing comes from somewhere.”
The Independent, Edward Seckerson (5 June 2008)

“Anne Mason gives a tremendous performance as Azucena, rising to genuinely tragic heights. She’s well worth hearing, whatever you think of the inequalities elsewhere.”
The Guardian, Tim Ashley (5 June 2008)

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Discography & Repertoire

Artist Manager

John McHugh (Cambridge)
john.mchugh@hazardchase.co.uk
01223 706024

Associate Artist Manager

Tom Wood (London)
tom.wood@hazardchase.co.uk
020 7084 6951