Orchestra Seattle | Seattle Chamber Singers
George Shangrow, music director
PO Box 15825
Seattle, WA 98115


Anne Carolyn Bird

Soprano Anne Carolyn Bird was the 2003 winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in the Western Washington district. Twice a Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, Ms. Bird received rave reviews in 2004 for her performance of Tytania in TMC’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Directed by David Kneuss and conducted by Stefan Asbury, she was described by the Boston Globe as “glamorously luminescent in Tytania’s coloratura” and hailed as “superior” by The New York Times. At Tanglewood in 2003, she participated in the world premiere of Osvaldo Golijov’s opera Ainadamar, in which she sang the role of the Bullfighter and danced the featured role of the Horseman. Ms. Bird recreated both roles when the opera made its West Coast premiere with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Rapidly becoming a sought-after performer of new music, Ms. Bird has collaborations in the works with Linda Lister, Marcin Bela, and Augusta Read Thomas. In April 2005, she will perform Thomas’s In My Sky at Twilight with the contemporary ensemble Alarm Will Sound. Working with Gil Rose and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, she has performed works of Lukas Foss and Bernard Rands, and is featured on BMOP’s recording of Foss’s opera Griffelkin, available on Chandos records.

Concert engagements in the 2004-2005 season include a concert of coloratura arias with the Port Angeles Symphony and Bach’s St. John Passion with OSSCS. Last spring, Ms. Bird joined members of the Tudor Choir to sing Bach’s Cantata 182 and the motet Komm, Jesu komm as part of Seattle’s fourth annual Bach Marathon at Town Hall. Past oratorio credits include Orff’s Carmina Burana, Mozart's Vesperes Solemnes, Requiems by Brahms and Fauré, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and Cantatas 51, 202, and 209. Ms. Bird's operatic repertoire includes Marie in La fille du Regiment, Adina in L'eslisir d'amore, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, and Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring. She has also performed the roles of Poppea in adaptations of Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea and Handel's Agrippina.

In the spring of 2004, Puget Sound elementary schools saw her on tour as Olympia in an adaptation of The Tales of Hoffmann. In 2005, she will sing Cupid in John Blow’s Venus & Adonis with the Seattle Early Music Guild and will debut as the Queen of the Night in Skagit Opera’s The Magic Flute. Awards and honors include first prize in the Ladies Musical Club (LMC) of Seattle Competition and Tour, the Sun Valley Opera Vocal Competition, and a grant from the Mary Levine Performance Foundation. An active recitalist, Ms. Bird was sponsored by the LMC on a recital tour of Washington state, and VocalArts Northwest presented her in recital in March of 2004. She has two song recitals planned for the 2004-2005 season.

Ms. Bird received her Masters Degree cum laude from New England Conservatory, where she was a student of acclaimed mezzo-soprano D'Anna Fortunato. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Georgia. She lives in Seattle with her husband, where she trains with Vinson Cole and Dean Williamson and is a member of the musicians' collective Northwest Artists.

Anne Carolyn Bird

Recent performances:
St. Matthew Passion

Internet links:
Ms. Bird's web site