Hailed for her “flexible yet radiant tone” and “jaw-dropping precision,” Anna Ward is a passionate and versatile vocalist. Ward has been featured with the Raylynmor Opera, Lorelei Ensemble, Copley Singers, the Freisinger Chamber Orchestra, the Longfellow Chorus, and Seraphim Singers. She is the soprano soloist on MIT Women’s Chorale’s premiere recording of the second mass of Charles-René, available on iTunes. As a chorister, Ward performed in the inaugural series of Yale Choral Artists under William Christie at Carnegie Hall and in collaboration with the Mark Morris Dance Company at Yale University. After the tragedy of the 2013 Boston Marathon, Ward was selected for the chorus of Barack and Michelle Obama’s Interfaith Memorial Service.
Ward brings her luminous stage presence to the operatic arena, as well, where she has been a young artist with the Austrian-American Mozart Academy and OperaWorks Advanced Artist program. Roles include Lisette (La Rondine), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), 2nd Lady (the Magic Flute), Mabel (Pirates of Penzance), Yum-Yum (The Mikado), Phyllis (Iolanthe), and Despina (The Three Little Pigs). Ward takes pleasure in originating new characters, and she has premiered roles in operas by Alla Cohen, Ketty Nez, Patrick Soluri and Erin Huelskamp.
Ward is an avid proponent of new music. She was featured on Equilibrium Ensemble’s opening program in an “electrifying” delivery of Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire and Masaki Hasebe’s Mi-da-re-ga-mi No. 2. Ward’s performance “negotiated Schönberg’s often treacherous sprechstimme with a warm tone and a flexible inflection that revealed Pierrot’s inner psychology and Schönberg’s vivid drama” (the Boston Musical Intelligencer). She has premiered works with Juventas! New Music Ensemble at the Boston Center for the Arts and the Oberon in Cambridge. Most recently, Ward performed Gorecki’s Good Night with Equilibrium Ensemble and will soon be touring with duo partner Drew Ricciardi, premiering new works for viola and soprano.
A native of Bismarck, North Dakota, Ward received her Bachelor of Music, summa cum laude, from Western Michigan University as the Robert and Carol Payne-Smith Medallion Scholar and a member of the Lee Honors College. From there, she went on to complete a Master of Music in Voice Performance at the Boston Conservatory, studying under Rebecca Folsom. Ms. Ward currently resides in Jamaica Plain and is an adjunct faculty member at Roxbury Community College, Middlesex Community College, and Bristol Community College.