The Meet the New Resident Artists! Blog Series is a sequence of Q&As designed for you to get to know our new artists. Today, we invite you to learn about our new mezzo-soprano, Anne Marie Stanley! Ms. Stanley comes to us with a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Westminster Choir College and a Master of Music in Voice Performance from Rice University. She has performed a variety of different roles, such as Valletto in L’incorinazione di Poppea at Bare Opera, Dinah in Trouble in Tahiti at Rice University, and Nicklausse in Les contes d’Hoffmann at Westminster Opera Theatre. For a full list of Ms. Stanley’s previous roles and competitions, visit her biography on the AVA website!
Tell us a little bit about yourself!
“I am from Princeton, New Jersey. I attended Westminster Choir College in my hometown for undergraduate studies and Rice University in Houston, Texas for graduate studies in voice performance. I have a one-year old Yorkie! Her name is Rosie, and she is the absolute light of my life. When I am not practicing or in rehearsal, I am probably with her. I enjoy researching and reading about the mind and how interconnected it is to the body. I also love listening to a variety of music genres outside of opera.”
What has been your favorite role to perform?
“Dinah in Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti. In the opera, Dinah is a creative woman who constantly falls short to the expectations of her status seeking husband Sam and the societal demands of 1950s suburbia. Unraveling her many layers and getting to let loose in her last aria “Island Magic” is tremendously fulfilling, both artistically and vocally.”
What is your dream role?
“Queen of the Night—I know.”
What made you want to get involved in opera?
“A special voice teacher I had in my undergrad instilled in me an absolute love for the voice. The more I learned the more it felt like opera found me, and I have been happily involved ever since.”
Tell us something interesting about yourself!
“I have five other siblings: Joseph, Matthew, Kimberly, Kevin, Jessica, and me!”
Written and interviewed by AVA Administrative Associate Stephen J. Trygar