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Anne Christopherson, D.M.A.
Lyric coloratura soprano, Anne Christopherson enjoys a varied and rewarding career as a performer and teacher. Her sensitive musicianship and insight reveals itself in the genres of art song, cabaret, opera, operetta, musical theatre and oratorio.
Her “dazzlingly supple voice” has been acclaimed in such roles as Woman # 3 in And the World Goes Round, Cunégonde in Candide, Despina in Così fan tutte, Mary Warren in The Crucible, Adele in Die Fledermaus, Nanetta in Falstaff, Narrator in Into the Woods, Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro, YumYum in The Mikado, Fastrada in Pippin, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, and Maria in West Side Story.
On the concert stage, she has performed such works as J.S. Bach’s cantatas, BWV’s 51 and 202, Beethoven’s Mass in C, Fauré’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s The Seasons, Poulenc’s Gloria, Mahler’s Symphony # 4, Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, Mozart’s Grand Mass in C-minor, Regina Coeli, K.108, and Requiem, and Orff’s Carmina Burana.
Anne has been a guest artist with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, the Chiara String Quartet, New York Lyric Opera Theatre, the Boulder Philharmonic, the Boulder Chorale, the Bozeman Symphony Orchestra, the Idaho Falls Opera Theatre, the Crimson Creek Players, the Grand Forks Master Chorale and the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra. She debuted at Alice Tully Hall as soprano soloist with the University of Colorado Symphony Orchestra as part of the Mozart Bicentennial Celebration at Lincoln Center. She has also performed her solo cabaret show, “I Hear Music,” at both Don’t Tell Mama and The Duplex Cabaret venues and has been a special guest for the “After Party’s Tribute to Sandi Patty” at the Laurie Beechman Theatre and “Bound for Broadway” at The Duplex in New York City.
Anne has sung the world premieres of Three Songs to Texts by Terry Jacobson by North Dakota composer, Michael Wittgraf, and In the beginning, mountains, by Canadian composer, Diana McIntyre. She also performed the France premiere of Christopher Berg’s Four Songs on Poems by Vladimir Nabokov at L’Atelier de la Main d’Or with pianist and UND alumna, Mary Dibbern.
As an Associate Professor of Voice at the University of North Dakota she has taught Applied Voice, Lyric Diction, Opera Workshop, Song Literature and Vocal Pedagogy. She has also served as musical director for the UND Department of Theatre’s productions of A Chorus Line; A Little Night Music; My Generation; Quilters; You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown; South Pacific and Urinetown. Her students are active performers in North and South America including the national tour of Cats and Evita, Amici Opera, Festival di Musica Antigua (Paraguay), Regina Opera, Harlem Opera Theatre, New York Lyric Opera Theatre, New York Summer Opera Scenes, the Land of Enchantment Opera, Oberlin Baroque Institute, the International Convention of Arts and Humanities, the Black Hills Opera Institute, the Crimson Creek Players, the Firehall Theatre, Frostfire Productions, the Greater Grand Forks Symphony, the Grand Forks Master Chorale, as well as the UND Departments of Music and Theatre in addition to being frequent winners of the North Dakota NATS Student Auditions.
An active member of NATS, she has served two terms as North Dakota District Governor and North Central Regional Governor. She currently serves as the Vice-President of Membership and on the NATS National Board of Directors. She is also a member of the New York Singing Teachers’ Association, the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs, and the Professional Women Singers Association.
During her sabbatical (2009 - 2011) she performed in various cabaret venues, freelanced as a voice teacher and coach-accompanist in New York City; and taught applied voice as a Visiting Professor and Adjunct at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.