"[Possessing] a lovely voice, artistry in spades and a delightful stage presence"(Music in Victoria), soprano Anna Shill has been recognized for her work in concert, musical theatre and opera, performing repertoire from Bach to Boechler. Anna is a graduate of the UBC Opera Bachelors of Music Program, completing her Masters at UVic in Voice Performance. She is also an alumnus of Opera Nuova and a recipient of the GVPAF Rosebowl.
Her oratorio and concert work includes, Handel’s Messiah and Haydn’s Creation (Via Choralis), Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore, Bach’s Canata No. 4 and Schubert’s Shepherd on the Rock (Victoria Mendelssohn Choir), Mendelssohn’s Second Symphony and Gounod’s St. Cecilia Mass (Victoria Summer Choir), Vivaldi’s Gloria (Westcoast Consort), Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore (UVic Chorus and Orchestra), and Haydn’s Missa in tempore belli (The Handel Society). Anna has also performed a number of opera and musical theatre roles including premiering to great acclaim the principle role of The Young Night in Ithaca, a new opera by Justin Boechler. Other roles include Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Despina (Cosi fan tutte), Noémie (Cendrillon), Papagena (The Magic Flute), Second Woman (Dido and Aeneas), Hero (Beatrice and Benedict) and Tracey (Blisskrieg). Anna cannot wait to make her directorial debut with East Van Opera. She will be the director and choreographer for Alma, a new opera by Allison Cocciani. In addition to being an active performer, Anna has been teaching voice for 5 years. Her students range from age 5 to 60 and sing everything from pop and musical theatre to classical art songs and opera. Many participate in regular RCM Exams, compete in competitions and perform themselves in many different productions. She believes firmly in supporting the choices of her students and providing a variety of different paths for each to choose and follow. Keeping the passion of singing alive is of the utmost importance along the way.