Join the CRC Music Program for the Guest Artist Series performances by pianist, Anyssa Neumann, and, soprano, Rena Harms!
Raised in California and based in the UK, pianist Anyssa Neumann has been praised for the “clarity, charm, and equipoise” of her performances, which span solo and collaborative repertoire from the Baroque to the 21st century. Recent highlights include recitals in Rome, Paris, Montreal, Ottawa, Denver, and throughout the Pacific Northwest. A dedicated contrapuntalist, she has given all-Bach recitals at The Banff Centre, the Sacramento Bach Festival, and London’s St James Piccadilly. Her solo debut album was featured on David Dubal’s radio program The Piano Matters in New York and Chicago, and a new solo disc of works by Bach, Bach-Busoni, and Dallapiccola is scheduled for release this coming year.
Anyssa performs regularly in the UK with bass-baritone Timothy Dickinson, with a current project exploring Don Quixote-inspired songs and arias. Other recent collaborations have included concerts with soprano Emma Tring and the Alexandra Ensemble, recitals of American art song with mezzo-soprano Katherine Nicholson, and duo recitals with violinist Yolanda Bruno at London’s St Martin-in-the-Fields and Toronto’s Mazzoleni Hall. Anyssa has also appeared as recital partner with Grammy Award-winning cellist Sara Sant’Ambrogio (Eroica Trio), as guest pianist with the Sheba Ensemble, and on NPR’s Performance Today and Sirius Satellite Radio. She has held artist residencies at the Banff Centre (Canada), Avaloch Farm (USA), and the Bergman Estate (Sweden).
A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and University of Oxford, Anyssa continued advanced studies with Fabio Bidini in Berlin and Paul Stewart at Université de Montréal, and has additionally worked with Thomas Adès at IMS Prussia Cove. In 2017, she completed a PhD in musicology at King’s College London, focusing on classical music in the films of Ingmar Bergman. She has since toured a lecture-recital based on this work in the UK, Sweden, Spain, Canada, and the United States. In the 2019-20 season, she appears as soloist with the Bridgewater Sinfonia (UK), in recitals of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, and on tour in New Mexico and California with American soprano Rena Harms, with whom she has collaborated since 2004.
Praised by the San Francisco Chronicle for a “winningly liquid” voice as well as for her “dramatic vividness and vocal flourish,” Santa Fe native Rena Harms has recently brought her signature role of Cio-Cio-San to Madame Butterfly productions at English National Opera, Arizona Opera, and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. In the 2018/19 season, Ms. Harms returned to the Grand Théâtre de Genève for its Ring cycle, and collaborated with Peter DiMuro’s Public Displays of Motion dance company for a site-specific performance with Now + There, as well as an appearance at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Her performance as Nell Gwynn in the regional premiere of Carlisle Floyd’s Prince of Players at Florentine Opera was recorded live for international release.
Ms. Harms’ “breathtaking intensity” (NDR Kultur) was on display in her recent French debut as Amelia in Simon Boccanegra at Opéra National de Bordeaux, and in her return to Florentine Opera for her role debut as Beatrice in Heggie’s Three Decembers. She also brought her celebrated Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, a role she has performed in Milwaukee, Basel, and San Francisco, to Opera Santa Barbara.
Ms. Harms recently joined the Seattle Symphony as the soprano soloist for Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, the Seattle Chamber Music Festival and Opera America for their New Works Sampler and Seattle Opera for Don Giovanni. She has also appeared as Helmwige in Die Walküre with the Grand Théâtre de Genève, as Desdemona in Otello with the Oldenburgishes Staatstheater, and as the title role in Sigfried Matthus’ Judith with Staatstheater Braunschweig and Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg. Previously, she joined the Baden-Baden Festspielhaus to cover Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Florentine Opera as Micaëla in Carmen and Liù in Turandot, and Staatstheater Braunschweig as Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte. She sang the title role of Fibich’s Sárka, Marenka in The Bartered Bride, and Contessa in Le nozze di Figaro, all in new productions with Staatstheater Braunschweig.
Ms. Harms made her English National Opera debut as Amelia in a new Dmitri Tcherniakov production of Simon Boccanegra and joined Theater Basel for Contessa in Le nozze di Figaro, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, the High Priestess in Calixto Bieito's Aida, and a Flower Maiden in Parsifal. In the U.S., her other recent performances include Micaëla in Carmen with Opera Santa Barbara and Opera Southwest as well as first performances of Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Ericlea in Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria with Wolf Trap Opera. She sang Mimì in La bohème with Los Angeles Opera, where she was a member of the company’s prestigious Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program. Also with the company, she sang Barena in Jenufa, Erste Magd in Der zerbrochene Krug, along with Zweite Magd in Der Zwerg in a double bill conducted by James Conlon, and Sylvaine in The Merry Widow, in addition to joining the company for its Grammy Award-winning production of The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny. She also sang Nedda in Pagliacci in performances featuring the resident artists as well as Antonia in excerpts of Les contes d’Hoffmann. Ms. Harms was a participant in San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program where she sang Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni and the title role in excerpts of Arabella in concert. As an Apprentice Artist with Santa Fe Opera, she sang Contessa in Le nozze di Figaro and Barena in Jenufa in the company’s scenes program.
On the concert stage, Ms. Harms recently made her Mexican debut with Gustavo Dudamel conducting the Orquesta Sinfonica Simón Bolívar with a program of opera arias, and has sung Strauss’ Vier letzte Lieder with the Burbank Philharmonic and Santa Fe Community Orchestra. She has also twice joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic for a series of concerts for children and the Music Academy of the West Orchestra for Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915.
Ms. Harms was a 2010 Grand Finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the winner of the Hennings-Fischer Foundation Competition, received second prize in the Marcello Viotti International Vocal Competition in Lausanne, Switzerland, and received an encouragement award from the Marilyn Horne Foundation. She received her Bachelor of Music from Manhattan School of Music and attended the Music Academy of the West, where she was awarded a merit fellowship.