Parlando: The COC Blog

6/15/2012

2012/2013 Artist Basics: Anna Christy

What she's singing with us: Anna Christy will be singing the title role in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor. She plays a young, fragile woman hovering on the boundary between sanity and breakdown who is forced into a marriage with a man she does not love.

Where you might have seen her: She's sung Lucia at the English National Opera, in the same gothic David Alden production you'll be seeing on our stage. She's particularly noted for dazzling, high-flying coloratura roles like Olympia in The Tales of Hoffmann (which she sung at the Metropolitan Opera and the Lyric Opera of Chicago) and Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos (which she sung at the Lyric Opera of Chicago).

Interviews and profiles: In this interview with Opera Brittania, she talks about the visceral effect of a beautifully-sung high note or gorgeous lyric phrase: "it’s not just something you hear, you also feel it, you sit up on the edge of your seat and it fills you with excitement. That for me is what’s special and unique about bel canto opera." 

Sneak preview: The Opera Critic has an excellent photo gallery of the production of Lucia di Lammermoor we'll be presenting (where Anna Christy also sung the title role), as well as a collection of reviews.

Christy shows off her coloratura chops – and a hot pink costume – in this famous aria from Leonard Bernstein's Candide, "Glitter and be Gay." Robert Carsen's production directly invokes Marilyn Monroe's iconic performance of "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend," and Christy gives the audience her best Marilyn (if Marilyn were an operatic soprano).

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Gianmarco (6/18/2012 12:00:00 AM)
Absolutely brilliant staging and singing - infectiously entertaining!

Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001