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Sydney E. Anderson, soprano, is quickly gaining recognition as an accomplished stage performer and concert soloist.
Ms. Anderson made her European concert debut in the summer of 2017 with the Danube Symphony Orchestra in Budapest, after winning First Place in their Concerto Competition. She also appeared as a guest artist with the 2017 Festival Musicale Itinerante based in Nuoro, Sardegna. She has previously appeared as a featured soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, The Metropolitan Opera Guild, Hew Haven Chorale and Orchestra, and in recital with Opera Saratoga at Opera America's National Opera Center in New York City. Other recent soloist appearances include Mozart’s Requiem, Christopher Theofanidis’s The Here and Now (Woolsey Hall), the title role in Handel’s Esther (Manchester Symphony Orchestra), Evangelist in Schütz’s Johannes Passion, many J. S. Bach cantatas with Bach Society Houston. In March 2019, Sydney was heard as La Madre in San Giovanni Battista with Ars Lyrica Houston, after a successful debut in the Italian Sirens concert as part of the company's "Artful Women" 2017-2018 season.
In 2016, she celebrated her main stage debut with Houston Grand Opera as Arminy in Carousel, directed by Rob Ashford and conducted by Richard Bado, and participated in the company’s Opera to Go! program as the Princess in Mary Carol Warwick’s The Princess and the Pea.
Other recent opera roles include Dew Fairy in Hansel und Gretel (Opera Saratoga), Elettra in Idomeneo (Opera NEO), Zerlina in Don Giovanni (Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra), Manon in Manon, Lisette in La Rondine, Adina in L’eslisir d’amore, Antonia in Les Contes d’Hoffman, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, and Tallulah in Thomas Pasatieri's The Hotel Casablanca. During the summer of 2019, Sydney covered Jennifer Zetlan in the title role of the World Premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon's Ellen West, which was premiered at Opera Saratoga and co-commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects. In 2015, she participated in Opera Saratoga’s young artist program, where she covered the roles of Belinda in Dido and Aeneas and Virgil in the World Premiere of The Long Walk by Jeremy Howard Beck and Stephanie Fleischmann, and received third place in the company’s young artist competition.
She was recently named a a Finalist in the prestigious Jensen Foundation Vocal Competition, as well as an Encouragement Award Winner in the 2018 and 2019 Metropolitan National Council Auditions (Tulsa and North Carolina Districts). Other acknowledgements include First Prize Winner in the 2018 Young Texas Artists' Competition, Grand Finalist in the 2018 Frank Huntington Beebe Fund for Musicians Competition, First Prize Winner in the 2017 Danube Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, recipient of a 2017 Fielder Grant for Vocal Career Advancement, Karl Amelang Memorial Award in the 2016 Houston Saengerbund German Singing Competition, and winner of The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Houston’s 2015 vocal scholarship competition.
Ms. Anderson holds a double Bachelors Degree from The Hartt School of Music in Vocal Performance and Music Education, and a Masters Degree in Vocal Performance from the Moores School of Music. She currently resides in New York City with her fiancé, tenor, Alexander Scheuermann, and their rescue kitten, Harvey.
Gloria Parker, Insignia Artists Management
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Photo: Natalie Moran Clegg