JUNE ANDERSON'S CAREER


A native of Boston, soprano June Anderson ranks among the most important singers in the international opera and concert world today.

She is an artist with unique vocal qualities : tones that keep their textures in the high notes, a vocal range that is rich and makes the singing of high and agile musical movements appear effortless, a tone that is constantly clear, all this accompanied by a participation, involvement and understanding of the character represented

June Anderson started to take singing lessons at the age of 11. When she was 17 years old, she became the youngest finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Auditions.
She then attended Yale University as a French major, graduating cum laude.

It was after Yale that she really began to think seriously about becoming a singer : "I decided to go to New York and thought that if in two years' time I was not famous I would go to Law School. Well, at the end of about nine months I was not famous, I'd run out of all my money and it was at that point that I decided I would be a singer if it killed me. I suppose it must have been the challenge because nothing was easy any more. As a youngster and teenager, studying privately, everything had been easy and I was always being told I was wonderful. All of a sudden, nobody thought I was wonderful any more. So I thought, 'Damn it, I'll show them; I'll prove to them that I am!'"

She studied singing with Robert Leonard.

She made her professional debut with the New York City Opera in 1978 as the Queen of the Night in Mozart's Magic Flute.

In 1982, she was invited to sing Semiramide at the Rome Opera. Since then, June Anderson's career has taken her to virtually every major opera house in Europe and in the United States.

She has performed with the opera companies of Vienna, Paris, Hambourg, Madrid, Florence, Geneva, La Scala, Covent Garden, Venice, Rome, Bologna, Metropolitan Opera, Chicago, San Francisco, Philadelphia. She has collaborated with such leading conductors as Leonard Bernstein, James Conlon, Charles Dutoit, Daniele Gatti, James Levine, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Seiji Ozawa, Michel Plasson, Georges Prêtre, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Michael Tilson Thomas.

She was the first non-Italian ever to win the prestigious Bellini d'Oro prize.

It is June Anderson who sings the aria of the Queen of the Night in the film Amadeus by Milos Forman.


IMPORTANT DATES IN JUNE ANDERSON'S CAREER

   

1978	Professional debut with the New York City Opera in THE MAGIC FLUTE  

1982	European debut and first SEMIRAMIDE at the Rome Opera  

1983	Debut in Florence and in Geneva in LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR  

1984	First Amina in LA SONNAMBULA in Venise  

1985	Paris Opera debut in ROBERT LE DIABLE  

1986	First Desdemona in Rossini's OTELLO in Venise  

	La Scala of Milan debut in LA SONNAMBULA  

	Covent Garden debut in SEMIRAMIDE and LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR  

	LA FILLE DU RÉGIMENT at the Opéra-Comique of Paris  

1987	I PURITANI at the Paris Comic-Opera

1987	First Giuletta in I CAPULETI E I MONTECCHI at La Scala of Milan  

1987	First BEATRICE DI TENDA in Venise

1988	Three Rossinian debuts :   

	-First ARMIDA in Aix-en-Provence  

	-First stage performance at the Pesaro Festival in OTELLO  

	-First stage performance of Anna in MAOMETTO II in San Francisco

1989	Metropolitan Opera of New York debut in RIGOLETTO  

1990	RICCIARDO E ZORAIDE in Pesaro  

	New SEMIRAMIDE at the Metropolitan Opera  

1992	First Elena of LA DONNA DEL LAGO at La Scala of Milan  

1992	New LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR at the Metropolitan Opera 

1993	First Maria in MAZEPPA in concert version at Carnegie Hall in New York  

1993	New LA TRAVIATA in Chicago

1995	First Desdemona in Verdi's OTELLO in Los Angeles

1995	First Lucrezia in Verdi's I DUE FOSCARI at Covent Garden

1995	New LA FILLE DU RÉGIMENT at the Metropolitan Opera  

1995	First Rosalinde in DIE FLEDERMAUS at the Metropolitan Opera  

1996	First Giovanna in Verdi's GIOVANNA D'ARCO in concert version in Barcelona and 	New York and in a fully staged production at Covent Garden   

1996	First Tatiana in EUGENE ONEGIN in Tokyo 

1997	First NORMA at Lyric Opera of Chicago

1997	First Elvira in ERNANI by Verdi at the OONY (Opera Orchestra of New York)

1998	First Leonora in IL TROVATORE by Verdi at the Metropolitan Opera

2000    First ANNA BOLENA in Pittsburgh

2002    First CAPRICCIO in Naples



2004  New SONNAMBULA at the Opera de Marseille


2005  First Agavé in the French creation of THE BASSARIDS by Hans Werner Henze at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris


2005  First DAPHNE by Richard Strauss at La Fenice in Venice

2005  First Madama Cortese from Rossini's IL VIAGGIO A REIMS, at the Opera of Monte-Carlo

2007  First MESSA DA REQUIEM by Verdi in Paris

2009	First LUCREZIA BORGIA at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie, Liège, Belgium



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