Anna Patalong trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama during which time she received awards including the Maggie Teyte and Miriam Licette Prizes and was a finalist at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards. She was named as the Concordia Foundation Young Artist by the Worshipful Company of Musicians and is a Samling scholar. She won Second Prize in the 2014 Francisco Viñas Singing Competition at the Liceu‚ Barcelona and Third Prize in the 2013 Moniuszko International Vocal Competition‚ and is a 2017 recipient of The Opera Awards bursary and a Richard Angas Memorial Award. Anna is in the process of obtaining an Irish passport, so she will be free to work in Europe no matter what!
Recent and future operatic plans include her critically acclaimed portrayal of the title role in Miss Julie (BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican, and a recording for Chandos), Violetta La Traviata (Festival Opera New Zealand‚ and Longborough Festival)‚ title role Suor Angelica (Opera Holland Park)‚ Nedda i Pagliacci (Scottish Opera)‚ Brigitta Iolanta (Opéra National de Paris)‚ Flowermaiden Parsifal and the covers of Roxana Krol Roger, Freia Das Rheingold and Woglinde Ring Cycle (Royal Opera House)‚ Mimi La Bohème (Opera Holland Park‚ Opéra de Rouen and Theater Lübeck)‚ Marguerite Faust and Tatyana Eugene Onegin (Dorset Opera Festival)‚ Woglinde Das Rheingold (RuhrTriennale Festival)‚ Liu Turandot and Adina L’Elisir d’amore (Northern Ireland Opera)‚ Ino Proserpine (Spoleto Festival), Donna Anna Don Giovanni (Bristol Tobacco Factory)‚ Annchen Der Freischütz (Opéra de Limoges)‚ Terinka in Dvorak’s Jakobin (Buxton Festival Opera)‚ Pamina The Magic Flute (English Touring Opera)‚ Adina (Opera Theatre Company) and Eleonora in Salieri’s Prima le musica e poi le parole (West Green House).
Engagements postponed due to Covid included Gilda Rigoletto (Opera Holland Park), Magda La rondine (Dorset Opera Festival), however she did still perform in outdoor Gala Concerts for Opera Holland Park and for Longborough Festival Opera.
Concerts include opera galas (Hallé, Bridgewater Hall), Christmas Spectaculars for Raymond Gubbay at the Bridgewater Hall and Birmingham Symphony Hall‚ a recital for the Lord Mayor of London’s Alderman’s Banquet at Mansion House‚ Vivaldi Gloria and Magnificat (Royal Albert Hall)‚ Missa Solemnis (Gloucester Cathedral)‚ Rutter’s Mass of the Children and Britten’s Spring Symphony (Salisbury Cathedral)‚ Haydn’s Nelson Mass with Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus and the Royal Northern Sinfonia‚ Ravel’s Mallarmé Songs (St Endellion Festival)‚ a Barber song recital at La folle journée Festival with Orkiestra Sinfonia in Warsaw‚ and a Solo recital of French Song at the Wigmore Hall.
Further operatic roles include Lauretta Gianni Schicchi (Opera Holland Park), Serpetta La Finta Giardiniera (Buxton)‚ Zerlina Don Giovanni (Mid Wales Opera)‚ Beauty The Triumph of Time and Truth (Karlsruhe Handel Festival)‚ title role Cendrillon (Blackheath Halls)‚ Anne Trulove The Rakes’s Progress (St Endellion festival)‚ Elle La Voix Humaine (Battersea Arts)‚ Lisette La Rondine (Go Opera / Opera di Peroni)‚ Pedro Don Quichiotte (Chelsea Opera Group)‚ Musetta La Bohème for BYO‚ Donizetti’s Rita‚ Soeur Blanche Dialogues des Carmélites for GSMD and Susanna Le Nozze di Figaro for Opera Brava.
In much demand as a recitalist‚ Anna has performed in concert at many prestigious venues across Britain including the Royal Opera House Crush Room‚ the Wigmore Hall‚ the Barbican and as guest soloist with the choir of King’s College Cambridge at the Royal Albert Hall. Engagements abroad have featured festivals in Italy and Tel Aviv. Anna has appeared on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune and on Hear and Now with a live broadcast from the Barbican of George Crumb’s Ancient Voices of Children in the presence of the composer. She gives a variety of chamber performances‚ most recently the famous Villa-Lobos Bachianas Brasilieras for soprano and eight celli and Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915.
Anna’s studies were supported by the Susan Chilcott Foundation‚ the Musician’s Benevolent Fund‚ Serena Fenwick and the Wingate Foundation.