Anna Stephens, 2017 Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship Quarter-Finalist
When Anna Stephens won the Elizabeth Muir undergraduate prize for the highest recital mark of her first year cohort at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, she knew she had made the right decision in shelving her academic inclinations and following her passion for Opera.
While at the Conservatorium, she has played the role of Amor in the Conservatorium’s 2015 production of The Coronation of Poppea, Papagena in The Magic Flute (2016), and Emmie in Albert Herring (2016). In 2016, she was selected to perform at the Conservatorium’s season launch, and has participated in masterclasses with Cheryl Barker (AO) at the Australian National University, and Vivica Genaux in the Brisbane Baroque Festival.
She continues to be an active performer outside of University - she performs as a soloist with the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Youth Orchestra, Canberra’s Opera by Candlelight in Albert Hall, Brisbane based Underground Opera Company, Vavachi, and the 7 Sopranos. Anna has just returned from 6 months’ study with Susan Waters at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, where she hopes to return in 2018 to undertake postgraduate training. Shortly,she will be playing the roles of Princess Laoula and the Storybook Princess in Queensland Conservatorium’s productions of L’Etoile (Chabrier) and L’enfant et les Sortilèges (Ravel), respectively.