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Anne Tormela
Lyric Coloratura Soprano | Click Here to see Anne's repertoire | Click Here to read reviews

A native New Yorker, Ms. Tormela specializes in bel-canto, operatic and early music style. She has been noted for her “secure technique, unfailing intonation and expression and clear and sensitive text.” (Ulrik Cold; Royal Danish Opera), her “ringing and strongly expressive voice with extraordinary vocal control.” (Leif Kramp; Critic/Lübecker Nachtrichten) and “negotiating the upper reaches (of her voice) with dazzling security” (David Syrus, Head of Music, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden).

This Fall she made her debut performance of the role of Mamette in Maestro Anton Coppola’s world premiere of (La Coupe et les Lèvres) and covered the role of Lucia with Opera Tampa also under the baton of Maestro Coppola. In August, Ms. Tormela performed the role of Lauretta under the baton of Maestro Anton Coppola at the Altamura Music Festival’s production of (Gianni Schicchi) “Anne Tormela was lovely as Lauretta, singing and acting with the grace and vocal charm of the American Metropolitan soprano Nadine Conner. And, of course, she sang the aria “O Mio Babbino Caro” perfectly.” (John Paul Keeler, Hudson-Catskill Newspapers).

She performed the roles of Frasquita and Kate Pinkerton with Maestro Coppola in the Metro Lyric Opera’s July 2008 productions of (Carmen) and (Madama Butterfly). In May of 2007 she debuted with The Natchez Music Festival as Nanetta in their production of (Falstaff) under the baton of Maestro David Blackburn. “Anne Tormela was just about perfect in her beautifully sung “Sul fil d’un soffio” aria of Nanetta.” (John Paul Keeler, Hudson- Catskill Newspapers). Other roles Ms. Tormela has performed are: Hanna Glawari in (The Merry Widow), Adina in (L’Elisir D’amore), Amalia in Verdi’s (I Masnadieri), The Queen of the night and First Lady, in (The Magic Flute), Zerbinetta in (Ariadne auf Naxos), Rosalinda and Adele in (Die Fledermaus), Ophélie in (Hamlet), Violetta in (La Traviata), Gilda in (Rigoletto), Frasquita in (Carmen), Rosina in (The Barber of Seville), Cherubino and Barbarina in (Le Nozze di Figaro), Sophie in (Werther), Norina in (Don Pasquale),
Musetta in (La Bohème).

Ms. Tormela is an accomplished concert recitalist and has performed all over the world in Germany, Italy, France, Sweden, Israel and the United States. She made her debut recital at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and received a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation to perform a solo recital in their Fall concert series in Bellagio, Italy. In Germany she made her concert debut at Thronsaal auf Schloß in Schwerin; Stidtstheater, Wohnstift Augustinum in Bad Neuenahr, and Kammermusiksaal der Stadthalle Mülheim in Mülheim an der Ruhr. In 2004 and 2005 she was a two time recipient of a full scholarship to perform at the International Vocal Arts Institute in Israel under the auspices of Joan Dornemann. This December 2009 she has been invited to perform excerpts of Zerbinetta and Sophie in the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s “Spinning Strauss” Master Class taught by Metropolitan Opera star Jane Marsh. She has appeared as a guest soloist with the Lake Placid Sinfonietta Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Mark Laycock and in December of 2008 toured the United States as a soloist with The Sigmund Romberg orchestra’s program “A Viennese Christmas” under the baton of Maestro Jason Altieri.

In addition to opera, Ms. Tormela has a fourth degree black belt in Taekwon Do, is an avid swimmer, practices yoga and plays the clarinet.

Anne Tormela Repertoire

Lucia (cover) Lucia di Lammermoor Opera Tampa;2009
Mamette La Coupe et les Lèvres Inter-Cities Performing Arts; 2009
Lauretta Gianni Schicchi Inter-Cities Performing Arts; 2009
Hanna Glawari Merry Midow Manhattan Lyric Opera; 2009
Adele Die Fledermaus Man. L.Opera;2008;Queen’s Opera; 1999
Kate Pinkerton Madama Butterfly Metro Lyric Opera; 2008
Frasquita Carmen Metro Lyric Opera; 2008, 2002
Nanetta Falstaff Natchez Music Festival; 2007
Amalia I Masnadieri Amici Opera; 2006
Adina The Elixir of Love Manhattan Lyric Opera; 2005
Gilda Rigoletto COSI; 2005, Manhattan Lyric Opera; 2004, 1997
Ophélie Hamlet Connecticut Opera Alliance; 2004
Rosalinda Die Fledermaus Manhattan Lyric Opera; 2002
Queen of the night The Magic Flute Amato Opera; 2001
Zerbinetta Ariadne auf Naxos Genesis Opera; 2001
Lucia Lucia di Lammermoor Amato Opera; 2000
Suor Genovieffa Suor Angelica Genesis Opera; 2000
Violetta La Traviata Manhattan Lyric Opera; 2001; 2000
Frasquita Carmen Opera Nova; 1999
Adele  Die Fledermaus Queen’s Opera; 1999
Suor Genovieffa   Suor Angelica Queen’s Opera; 1997
Rosina  Il Barbiere di Siviglia Central Florida L. Opera; 1996

Solo concert/oratorio Engagements/master programs
Metropolitan Opera Guild Master Class New York, NY 2009
Sigmund Romberg Orchestra (soloist) Vanceburg, KY 2008 (US Tour)
Altamura Music Festival Round Top, NY 2008;2007;2006
Lake Placid Sinfonietta Lake Placid, NY 2005
Natchez Festival of Music Natchez, MS 2005
The International Vocal Arts Institute Tel Aviv, Israel 2004; 2005
The Cosmopolitan Club concert series New York, NY 2004
The Century Association     New York, NY 2000
Community Congregational Church Naples, Florida 1997-2000
Mindener Museumskonzerte Minden, Deutschland 1998
Ratzeburger Herrenhauskonzerte Ratzeburger, Deutschland 1998
Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall (Debut) New York, NY 1998
Naples Philharmonic Society Naples, Florida 1997
Thronsaal auf Schloß Schwerin, Deutschland 1995
Stiftstheater Wohnstift Augustinum BadNeuenahr, Deutschland 1995
Kammermusiksaal der Stadthalle Mülheim Mülheim an der Ruhr 1995
Jersey City State College Concert Series Jersey City, NJ 1994
The Rockefeller Foundation Concert Series Bellagio, Italy 1993

Awards Received
Finalist/Semi-Finalist AltamuraVocal Competition 2008/2006
Finalist Classical Productions Limited 2002, 2001, 2000
Semi-finalist Queens Opera Vocal Competition 2000

Coach/Voice: C. Altamura, L. Arner,  J. Dornemann, R. Gordon, W. Hicks,  M. Trimble, D. Yarick-Cross
Conductors Anton Coppola, Paul Nadler, Mark Laycock, David Blackburn
Languages Spoken: French, German, Italian
Languages Sung: Spanish, Hebrew, Russian
Movement: Modern dance, Ballet, Belly Dancing.
Special skills: Taekwon Do: 4th degree Black Belt.      
Acting: Marc Verzatt, Randahl Hoey, John Norris.

“The audience listened with enthusiasm to her ringing and strongly expressive voice. She offered a stylish performance of extraordinary vocal control.” Leif Kramp, Critic, “Lübecker Nachtrichten”, Lubeck, Deutschland. 1998