Described as having 'breathless sparkle' by The Times and 'iridescent charm' by What's On Stage magazine, British soprano Anna Gillingham is rapidly being recognised for the beauty of her voice and for her magnetic stage presence. Anna made her international operatic debut in 2015 as the Governess in The Turn of the Screw at the Opera di Firenze Maggio Musicale. Anna's roles include Pamina in a run of 22 performances in a new production of Die Zauberflöte at Theater Basel under Christoph Altstaedt and at Opera di Firenze under Roland Böer in 2017; Miss Wordsworth in Britten's Albert Herring at the Opera di Firenze and the Grange Festival; Frasquita in Bizet's Carmen with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Lan Shui, the title role in Donizetti's Francesca di Foix at its London stage premiere, and Salome in Stradella's San Giovanni Battista.
In the 2017/18 season Anna will join the Jungesensemble at Theatre an der Wien in Vienna, where her roles include Melisande Pelleas et Melisande, Fiordiligi Così fan tutti, the title in Arianna in Nasso by Porpora and Die Gerechtichkeit in Mozart's first opera, Die Schuldigkeit des Ersten Gebots, alongside Patricia Petition and Michael Schade.
A committed recitalist, Anna has sung at London's most prestigious venues, including the Wigmore Hall, Barbican Concert Hall, LSO St. Luke's and the Purcell Room, as well as at the Oxford Lieder, City of London and Cheltenham Festivals, and on In Tune for Radio 3. Anna recently presented a French and Spanish song recital, inspired by the life of Pauline Viardot, at the Warsaw Philharmonic Hall.
Anna's recent concert highlights include Beethoven's Ninth Symphony at the Atheneum in Bucharest; Der Hirt auf dem Felsen with Martin Fröst at his acclaimed Vinterfest in Sweden, alongside Gabriela Montero; opera galas with the Nuremberg and Bilkent Symphony Orchestras, and a performance of Handel's Messiah at the London Handel Festival, conducted by Laurence Cummings.
Anna trained on the opera course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and graduated with distinction. Before that Anna read Music at Queens’ College, Cambridge and graduated with a double first honours degree in 2010. Anna is grateful for the generous support she received while studying from John and Jo Padfield, Serena Fenwick, the Leverhulme Trust and the Worshipful Company of Weavers.