Professorial Staff - Vocal Studies
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 in 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, Opera de Lille, Orleans Opera, Angers-Nantes Opera, De Vlaamse Opera and Opéra national du Rhin. Anne also has a wide concert repertoire and has sung with the London Symphony Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and English Chamber Orchestra, and with conductors such as Carlos Kleiber, 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 (Hansel und Gretel), Guinevere (Gawain and the Green Knight), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Marcellina (Le nozze di Figaro), Fenena (Nabucco), Adalgisa (Norma), Mother (Hansel und Gretel), the title role and Cornelia (Giulio Cesare), Fricka (Die Walküre), Kostelnička (Jenůfa), Kabanicha (Kát'a Kabanová), Azucena (Il trovatore), Minsk Woman (Flight), the title role in Maria Stuarda, Agnes (Beatrice di Tenda) and Fricka 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 in Il trovatore (Parry/Chandos). On DVD she appeared as Helen in 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.
Recent engagements include Kostelnicka in Jenůfa (GTO), Mrs Alexander Satyagraha (ENO) and Genevieve in Pelléas et Mélisande (Opera Holland Park), Baba the Turk in The Rake’s Progress (Opera de Lille), Annina in La traviata (Opera de Dijon and Theatre de Caen), Larina in Eugene Onegin (Opera Holland Park), Jezibaba in Rusalka (Glyndebourne on Tour), Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro (Glyndebourne Festival), and Mrs Grose in Turn of the Screw for Glyndebourne Touring Opera. Recent engagements included Mrs Noah in Noye's Fludde in Amiens and Azucena in Il trovatore for Scottish Opera.
Anne has been teaching privately for 15 years and many of her pupils are enjoying careers at Royal Opera Covent Garden, Glyndebourne, English National Opera, English Touring Opera, Opera Holland Park and many companies abroad. She has examined for the Royal Academy of Music adjudicated for the Opera prizes at the Royal Academy and Les Azuriales Singing Competition. She has given masterclasses and has coached young artists at Glyndebourne and is a vocal tutor at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. In 2008, Anne became a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music.