Hailed for her “flexible and radiant tone” and “jaw-dropping precision,” Anna Ward is a passionate and versatile vocalist based in Boston. Ward has been featured recently in the Juventas New Music Ensemble’s productions, Emerge and Music in Motion, as well as ArtsEmerson’s Here All Night with Gare St. Lazare Ireland.
Other highlights include appearances with the Boston Chamber Symphony, Raylynmor Opera, Lorelei Ensemble, Longfellow Chorus, Freisinger Chamber Orchestra, and Seraphim Singers. She is the soprano soloist on MIT Women’s Chorale’s premiere recording of the second mass of Charles-René, available on iTunes. Ward performed with Yale Choral Artists under William Christie at Carnegie Hall and in collaboration with the Mark Morris Dance Company at Yale University. After the tragedy of the 2013 Boston Marathon, she appeared with the Copley Singers at Barack and Michelle Obama’s Interfaith Memorial Service.
Ward is an avid proponent of new music. Recently she has collaborated with Mark Warhol in his ongoing composition of the opera JEANNE, recording and performing the title role. She appears regularly with duo partner Drew Ricciardi to present new works for viola and soprano. In 2011, Ward headlined Equilibrium Ensemble’s opening program in an “electrifying” delivery of Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire and Masaki Hasebe’s Mi-da-re-ga-mi No. 2. Ward’s performance “negotiated Schönberg’s often treacherous sprechstimme with a warm tone and a flexible inflection that revealed Pierrot’s inner psychology and Schönberg’s vivid drama” (the Boston Musical Intelligencer). Ward has also had the pleasure of performing many beloved 20th-Century works for soprano, such as Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Gorecki’s Good Night, John Harbison’s Mirabai Songs, and Cathy Berberian’s Stripsody.
Ward brings her luminous stage presence to the operatic arena, as well, where she has performed roles with Raylynmor Opera, Amadeus Opernensemble, and most recently, Soir des Femmes. Ward was a 2012 Advanced Artist at OperaWorks in Los Angeles and a 2007 young artist at the Austrian-American Mozart Academy in Salzburg. Ward has performed the roles of Lisette (La Rondine), Nella (Gianni Schicchi), Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Barbarina (Le nozze di Figaro), 2nd Lady (The Magic Flute), Mabel (Pirates of Penzance), Yum-Yum (The Mikado), Phyllis (Iolanthe), and Despina (The Three Little Pigs), in addition to originating six roles in their respective world premières.
On the recital stage, Ward is a dynamic interpreter of song and oratorio repertoire. She has enjoyed performing the soprano roles in Vivaldi’s Gloria, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Handel’s Let God Arise and Messiah, Haydn’s Nelsonmesse, and Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes de Confessore and Grand Mass in C Minor. In 2014, Ward created a concert series called Wolf Reconstructed, reimagining Hugo Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch with a modern story line. She also performs regularly in Middlesex Community College’s A World of Music recital series.
Ward shares her voice with a number of professional choral ensembles. She is a core member of Yale Choral Artists and a regular guest soprano with Lorelei Ensemble, Copley Singers, Trinity Church in Copley Square, Boston University’s Marsh Chapel Choir, and King’s Chapel Choir.
A native of Bismarck, North Dakota, Ward received her Bachelor of Music, summa cum laude, from Western Michigan University as the Robert and Carol Payne-Smith Medallion Scholar. From there, she went on to complete a Master of Music in Voice Performance at the Boston Conservatory, studying with Rebecca Folsom. Ward is an adjunct faculty member at Middlesex Community College and currently resides in Jamaica Plain with her husband and son.