Biography

Ana is a multi-disciplinary soprano with Spanish-Mancunian roots. She graduated with a Distinction in her Master of Performance from the Royal College of Music, London in September 2020. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of York, where she was recipient of the Ed Burrell Award for Excellence in Performance.

In summer 2021 she performed Lili Boulanger’s Clairières dans le Ciel at St. Anne’s Kew Green, Witch in East Anglia Opera’s new production of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel at Thorington Theatre, a concert performance of Galatea in Handel’s Acis and Galatea, Venere/Fedra in Hampstead Garden Opera’s production of Cavalli’s L’Egisto at the Cockpit Theatre, Marylebone in partnership with Ensemble OrQuesta. This was alongside concerts of Vivaldi and Monteverdi at Stour Music Festival and Scarlatti and Gabriel Jackson at Three Choirs Festival.

In the next few months, she will be performing a recital of baroque arias, song and duets at St. Mary’s Bourne street with Liturina Baroque Ensemble, Gerhilde in Wagner’s Die Walküre with the Rosenau Sinfonia conducted by Stephen Anthony Brown (Gafa Arts Collective) and Handel’s Messiah in Kingston and  Eastcote.

She has performed contemporary works including Traffick, by Emma-Ruth Richards, in a workshop at the Royal Opera House, Linbury Studio, Ondřej Adámek’s Karakuri: Poupée Mechanique, Unsuk Chin’s Akrostichon Wortespiel, Judith Weir’s King Harald’s Saga, Dorothea in Tim Watt’s opera Kepler’s Trial at the V&A, Luca Francesconi’s Etymo, Jonathan Dove’s Far Theatricals of the Day, and John Adam’s Grand Pianola Music.

As a keen recitalist, she has toured Berlioz’s Les Nuits D’Été arranged for soprano and two harps, performed Barbara Strozzi songs at the Royal Academy of Art, a programme of new commissions for her marimba-voice duo ‘percussing’ at Southbank Centre, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater at the Tower of London St. Peter ad Vincula, and has appeared at York Late Music Festival and the German Embassy, among others. She is in the Making Music UK Selected Artists Guide, and is looking forward to performing oratorio around the country post-pandemic, including at the Stour Music Festival this summer.

During her studies, she performed Agnès Written on Skin; Marie La Fille du Régiment; Controller Flight; Miss Wordsworth Albert Herring in scenes. She performed Rodelinda (Handel), Louise (Charpentier), and Susanna (Floyd) in Masterclasses online with Lisette Oropesa and in-person with Lynn Eustice and Amand Hekkers, and was coached by Caroline Dowdle, Michael Lloyd, Lisa Engelbrecht, Andrew Robinson and John Blakely.

Ana is bilingual English and Spanish thanks to her Galician mother and Derbyshire-born father, and speaks Italian. Born in Manchester, she received a vocal chorister scholarship to Chetham’s School of Music and sang with Manchester Cathedral Choir for five years. She performed on BBC Songs of Praise, sang in BBC Radio 3 broadcasts, and received a world-class musical grounding in performance and musicianship. Upon leaving Chetham’s in 2006 she joined the Hallé Youth Choir and Orchestra, with whom she gave her solo debut as the cante-jondo soloist in De Falla’s El Sombrero de Tres Picos with the Hallé at the Bridgewater Hall. With the Hallé Youth Choir, she sang at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, and for the highly-acclaimed recording of Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius with Bryn Terfel and Alice Coote. Other highlights of her time with the choir include recording UK rock band Elbow’s album Build A Rocket Boys which led to performances on ‘Comic Relief’ and broadcasts on BBC Radio 1, and in 2020 a lockdown version of Lippy Kids for #elbowrooms.

In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, walking and climbing, and plays the viola da gamba, violin and piano.

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Contact

Instagram: @anabdfdz

Email: aibeardfernandez@gmail.com

Twitter: @sopranobeard