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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, Yum Yum 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, de Meij’s Symphony # 4, Fauré’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s The Seasons and The Creation, 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, Vocal Literature and Vocal Pedagogy. She has also been music 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. She has been the Voice Area Coordinator since 2012 and Associate Department Chair since 2013.
Her students are active performers in North and South America including Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, the national tour of Cats and Evita, Fundação Clóvis Salgado (Brazil), Música Antiga Musica Figurata (Brazil), 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, PLU’s Summer Opera Workshop, the International Convention of Arts and Humanities, the Black Hills Opera Institute. They have also been engaged locally by the Crimson Creek Players, the Firehall Theatre, Frostfire Productions, the Greater Grand Forks Symphony, the Grand Forks Master Chorale, productions of UND Departments of Music and Theatre in addition to being frequent winners of the North Dakota NATS Student Auditions. Many of them are successful music educators and music therapists as well.
An active and dedicated member of NATS, she has served two terms as North Dakota District Governor, North Central Regional Governor, and National Vice-President of Membership which resulted in eight years on the NATS National Board of Directors. She is also a member of the New York Singing Teachers’ Association. She’s been recently elected Treasurer for the North Dakota chapter of NATS (NDNATS) and is faculty advisor for the newly established student chapter of NATS (SNATS) at UND, the first in North Dakota.
During her developmental leave (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. She garnered her first NYC review for her one woman cabaret, “I Hear Music,” in Cabaret Scenes magazine which praised her "well-honed ability to convey emotion, tenderness and poignancy…a warm stage presence and joie de vivre."
Recent performances include the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology (China), North Dakota State University, the University of Jamestown, UND Wind Ensemble, UND Women in Song at the Empire, and Valley City State University. The summer of 2015 will see Dr. Christopherson begin her position at Sleepy Hollow Theatre & Arts Park in Bismarck, ND as head of the Voice Division.