Ann Taylor – Mezzo-soprano

Biography

Mezzo-soprano Ann Taylor is from Wrexham in North Wales and studied at the Royal Northern College of Music, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio. In 2023 she sang the mezzo solo in Opera North and Phoenix Dance Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of Mozart’s Requiem and Teresa La Sonnambula for Buxton International Festival. Last year she sang Suzuki Madama Butterfly at The Bridgewater Hall with the Hallé Orchestra, conducted by Sir Mark Elder, and in 2021 performed the Gamekeeper’s wife/Owl in The Cunning Little Vixen for Opera Holland Park.

Ann has sung leading mezzo-soprano roles for Opera North, Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, English Touring Opera, La Monnaie, Opera Zuid, the Bavarian State Opera, Angers-Nantes Opera and the New Zealand Festival. Title roles include Ariodante and Gluck’s Orfeo, Rosina Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Hänsel Hänsel und Gretel, Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro, Ramiro La Finta Giardiniera, Charlotte Werther, Cornelia Giulio Cesare, Fyodor Boris Gudonov, Kristina Makropulos Case, Mother/Chinese Cup/Squirrel L’enfant et les sortilèges and Miss Stuhlá Osud. Ann has also created roles in three world premieres – Judge/Grey Wolf in Michael Berkeley’s Baa Baa Black Sheep, as well as Sarah Tobias and the Angel and Stewardess Flight, both by Jonathan Dove.

As a concert artist Ann has appeared at the BBC Proms, Edinburgh International Festival, Cheltenham Festival, Barbican, Queen Elisabeth Hall and Bridgewater Hall, and has performed with the London Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, Hallé, Haydn Chamber, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Manchester Camerata, English Northern Philharmonia and the Remix Ensemble in Porto.

Ann’s recordings include Donna Clara in Gerhard’s The Duenna, Nancy Albert Herring with Steuart Bedford, Judge/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.

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Video

YouTube playlist includes:

  • Oh, those faces!, The Consul, Menotti
  • O Mio Fernando, La Favorita, Donizetti
  • Va! Laisse couler mes larmes, Werther, Massenet

Audio

Hippolyta, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Britten

Minskwoman’s Aria, Flight, Dove
Suzuki, Madama Butterfly, Puccini (recorded live with the Orchestra of Opera North)

Reviews

“Ann Taylor gave a deftly handled and finely crafted account of Amina’s concerned adoptive mother Teresa.”

The Stage

” Ann Taylor’s Suzuki grew into her role, singing with warmth throughout but finding increasingly convincing maternal-style affection for Cio-Cio-San in Acts 2 and 3, especially in their Flower Duet.”

Bachtrack

“Ann Taylor, as ever, acted with great presence and sang beautifully as Suzuki.”

The Arts Desk

“Ann Taylor’s Cornelia was easily the most convincing actor on stage, turning the usually sympathetic character into something far more complex.”

Bachtrack

“There are, however, numerous sterling performances to applaud, including Ann Taylor’s Suzuki. Her very clever Japanese submissive movement gives us a taste of the old Japan, and her acting and singing are of the highest quality.”

On: Yorkshire Magazine

“The experienced mezzo Ann Taylor, much associated with Dove’s works (as Sarah in Tobias and the Angel and the Stewardess in Flight) was a fabulous presence as the Forester’s Wife and a beautiful sounding Owl.”

Seen and Heard International

Photos

Credit: Genevieve Girling
Credit: Genevieve Girling