Ana is studying for a Master in Performance degree at the Royal College of Music, London, where she learns with Dinah Harris, supported by an RCM Study Award. She completed her postgraduate diploma in the summer of 2018, under the tutelage of Peter Savidge. Before moving to London she was a BA Music (Hons) student at the University of York, where she was recipient of the Ed Burrell Award for Excellence in Performance, and after leaving York, her first professional appearance was at the Linbury Studio Theatre at the Royal Opera House, creating a role by composer Emma-Ruth Richards with directors Natalie Abrahami and Richard Hetherington. Her current operatic repertoire in scenes includes the roles of Cleopatra and Rodelinda, Susanna and Pamina, Liù and Musetta, Micäela and Manon.
Her most recent professional engagements include solo recitals with her marimba-voice duo Percussing, new music collaborations at festivals around the UK, and art song recitals. As a choral musician she performs with as a session singer and with the Carmelite Priory choir, the Tower of London chapel choir, i Fagiolini and Philharmonia voices, and was one of eight scholars in the National Youth Choir of Great Britain’s 2016-2017 Fellowship Scheme.
Ana is bilingual English and Spanish thanks to her Galician mother and Derbyshire-born father, and speaks Italian, which she studied intensively during a six-month stay in Milan, alongside learning voice privately with a bel canto teacher.
Born in Manchester, she received a vocal chorister scholarship to Chetham’s School of Music at the age of 9, under director of music Christopher Stokes. With Manchester Cathedral Choir, 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 at 16 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 performing on UK rock band Elbow’s album Build A Rocket Boys which led to performances on ‘Comic Relief’ and broadcasts on BBC Radio 1.
In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, walking and climbing, and plays the viola da gamba, violin and piano. She lives in central London with her miniature opera score collection.