Anne Harley is a specialist in baroque music and an avid proponent of contemporary and experimental works. After completing the opera performance program at Boston University's prestigious Opera Institute, she has performed with groups across North America and in Europe. Her opera performances span both early and contemporary idioms.
In spring 2002, she performed the leading roles of L'Imagination and Zélide in the modern-day premiere of Royer's Le Pouvoir de l'Amour at Oberlin College in conjunction with the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles. She has performed the role of Susanna in Mozart's Marriage of Figaro, Olympia in Offenbach's Tales of Hoffmann, the Countess Adele in Rossini's Count Ory, the title role in Charles Fussell's Cymbeline, Lisaveta in Hoiby's Natalia Petrovna, and the title role in Noam Elkies' Yossele Solovey.
In November 1999, she made her Netherlands debut as the lead in Handel's Acis & Galatea in Amsterdam's Concertgebouw with Opera Noord Holland Noord. Ms. Harley's interest in early music has led her to pursue her doctorate in Historical Performance at Boston University, starting in fall of 2002. She has participated in several early music festivals, including the Vancouver Early Music Festival, Dartington International Summer School and the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute.
Titanic released her solo work in Bach's Christmas Oratorio in 2001 to favourable review in the American Record Guide. Her group, TALISMAN won the Noah Greenberg Award in 2001 and released its first CD to acclaim in Gramophone and EMA: Music of Russian Princesses from the Court of Catherine the Great. TALIS-MAN has planned artist residencies at Oberlin and U. of Iowa this April and May 2003 with the Roma group, the Kolpakov Trio from Moscow, Russia, in order to record their next project: Stesha-Songstress of the Russian Gypsies, which reconstructs repertoire from the 1820s.
She has been oratorio soloist in many standard works of the baroque, such as Handel's Messiah, Israel in Egypt, Bach's Magnificat, Cantata No. 51 "Jauchzet Gott," Lutheran Mass, Christmas Oratorio, and countless cantatas.
In spring of 2000, she performed the soprano solos in Haydn's Theresienmasse with the Handel & Haydn Society, and Bach's St. Matthew Passion at Harvard University. This spring she will perform Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass with The Chatham Chorale.
Ms. Harley spent two seasons as an artist at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada, where she performed in Stravinsky's Les Noces, in European Cabaret (Piaf, Dietrich and Weill), and sang Webern's Funf Geistliche Lieder with members of the Montreal-based Nouvel Ensemble Moderne. While in Banff, she also co-created the sound/dance piece Mythical Light Opera Splash with Louis Gervais of the Compagnie Marie Chouinard for performance in and around the Banff Centre pool. She performed in a staged rendition of Kaija Saariaho's From the Grammar of Dreams with the Toronto ensemble Queen of Puddings.
She has premiered several compositions, including the opera Freshwater by Andy Vores, the song cycle for soprano and orchestra Three Songs for Antigone by Marjorie Merryman, and created the title role in the opera Yossele Solovey by Noam Elkies at Harvard University.
This year she is excited to be singing and directing vocal improvisational work with The Optisonic Ensemble of Boston for the film project Neovoxer, sponsored in part by The Reel School of New York City.
She was recently appointed a Bentley Fellow at Dartmouth's Hopkins Center for the Arts and is a member of Lowell House at Harvard University where she directs the Lowell House Opera (2001 La Boheme; 2002 Carmen; 2003 Eugene Onegin). She is co-director of The Voice Institute, an institute devoted to interdisciplinary study of the voice.