Praised for her “thrilling vocal color” and “sweetly winning” presence, American soprano Anya Matanovic made her international opera debut as Musetta in Franco Zeffirelli’s captivating production of Puccini’s La bohème with the New Israeli Opera’s. In her debut with the Glimmerglass Festival as Micaëla, she was praised for her “sinuous soprano with its golden timbre and silky-smooth legato, [which] charmed the ears immediately…” and “first-class performance” (David Abrams, Musical Criticism).

The soprano’s upcoming engagements include a return to Seattle Opera as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro and Violetta in La Traviata with Opera Santa Barbara. This summer she sings the role of Isotta in Strauss’ Die schweigsame Frau at Bard Summerscape. In the 2022-23 season she joins the roster of the Metropolitan Opera to cover the role of Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata.

During the COVID-19 shortened 2019-2020 season, Ms. Matanovič returned to Utah Opera as Violetta in La Traviata (performed)and joined the Santa Barbara Symphony for performances of Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate and Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 (performed). The previous season included a return to Utah Opera as Juliette in Roméo et Juliette, and a role debut as Abigail Williams in The Crucible with Opera Santa Barbara. Additionally, she joined the Lyric Opera of Chicago to cover Ginevra in Ariodante.

The 2017-2018 season saw the soprano make her company and role debut as Mimi in La bohème with Opera Colorado, followed by an appearance with the Eugene Concert Choir for Mozart’s Grand Mass in C Minor. The 2016-2017 season began with an anticipated return to Seattle Opera, as Gretel in Hansel and Gretel. The season also included notable role debuts, including Anne Trulove in The Rake’s Progress with Boston Lyric Opera, and Mabel in Pirates of Penzance with Lyric Opera of Kansas City. She also appeared in concert with the Cleveland Orchestra and Cincinnati Symphony for Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Ms. Matanovic’s 2015-2016 season featured a debut with New Orleans Opera as Adele in Die Fledermaus.

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