“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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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.
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, Kabanicha in Kát’a Kabanová with Opera Holland Park, and Mother in the première of Emily Howard’s To See the Invisible at the 2018 Aldeburgh Festival.
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“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)
With Sharon Sweet (Leonora), Dennis O’Neill (Manrico), Alan Opie (di Luna), Anne Mason (Azucena), Clive Bayley (Ferrando) and Mark Le Brocq (Ruiz). David Parry conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra.