Friday, October 11 @ 8 p.m.
Pico Union Project, Pico Union
Soprano Anna Schubert made her LA Opera debut at REDCAT, creating the role of Bibi in the world premier of Ellen Reid’s opera p r i s m, directed by James Darrah and conducted by Julian Wachner and Daniela Candillari in a performance described as “revelatory” (Catherine Womack, I Care If You Listen).
Anna continues to breed her love for new music and performance, and was thrilled to premier with The Industry in early 2015, singing the ethereal soprano role of L in Anne LeBaron’s scenes from LSD: The Opera, with Marc Lowenstein and wild Up at First Take: 2015. A few months later, she reprised the role of L in a more complete, staged version of LSD at REDCAT, this time with Partch and under the baton of Christopher Rountree. In 2017, she made her debut with Opera Omaha singing the role of the Controller in their production of Jonathan Dove’s Flight, where she was pleased to collaborate again with conductor Christopher Rountree and for the first time with director James Darrah. She recently made her soloist debut with Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil in early 2018 as a member of the Street Chorus in Bernstein’s Mass, which was directed by Elkhanah Pulitzer and choreographed by Laurel Jenkins. That same production led to Anna’s Lincoln Center debut in July of 2018, when she reprised her role at the Mostly Mozart Festival under the baton of Louis Langrée. The Wall Street Journal listed her as a “standout among the street-chorus soloists” for that performance.
Anna also performs actively as both a soloist and chorister in Southern California, primarily with the LA Master Chorale. She made her Master Chorale debut as a soloist in Handel’s Messiah in 2013 for their 50th anniversary season at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Since then, her soloist credits with the Master Chorale have included Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Gubaidulina’s Canticle of the Sun, a version of Handel’s Alexander’s Feast staged by Trevore Ross, Handel’s Israel in Egypt, and several performances of Handel’s Messiah. In 2016, Anna was one of 21 Master Chorale singers to perform in a new staged production of Orlando di Lasso’s Lagrime di San Pietro, directed by Peter Sellars and conducted by Grant Gershon, which the LA Times lauded as “a major accomplishment for the LA Master Chorale” and “a major accomplishment for music history.”
Outside the world of classical vocals, Anna began a professional endeavor as a session singer and member of SAG-AFTRA. Her voice appears in various film and TV soundtracks, including Minions, Creed, The Accountant, Sing, X-Men: Apocalypse, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, A Wrinkle in Time, Smallfoot, and The Predator. Her classical chops came in handy for her solo in the 2016 movie Keanu, in which her soprano vocals can be heard dramatically soaring over orchestra and choir in the opening scene.
Anna attended Chapman University as a Provost Scholar, where she studied voice with renowned soprano Carol Neblett and pursued her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. With Opera Chapman, she performed the roles of Suor Genovieffa (Suor Angelica), Madame Herz (The Impresario), and Pamina (Die Zauberflöte). The summer after her freshman year, Anna attended the Aspen Summer Music Festival and School on a full scholarship, where she sang in scenes from The Tender Land, Die Zauberflöte, and Mark Adamo’s Little Women. Her experience in Aspen, where she studied in the Mozart & 20th Century group, ignited a passion for new music, which she carried back with her to California. In her final years at Chapman University, Anna received the encouragement award from the Palm Springs Opera Guild, placed as a Top 5 finalist in Classical Singer’s Undergraduate Vocal Competition, and received the Bramlage Opera Award from the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music.
When she is not singing, Anna can usually be found outside somewhere, hiking and daydreaming, or inside somewhere, eating desserts. Occasionally, she will wander into a karaoke bar and try to channel Pat Benatar.