'' Anna Marie McLachlan...made a convincing fist of a young man in a difficult position and sang a touching 'Che faro senza Euridice', the stand out aria of the piece. She was especially good in the middle of her voice, which contains an earthy warmth.''
Anna Gregory, review of Grassroots Opera's production of Gluck's 'Orfeo ed Euridice', February 2018
''Only Anna McLachlan conveys a sense of true otherness, watching the foolishness of mortals, mechanicals and monarchs with unnerving faery calm.''
Charlotte Valori, Bachtrack
Anna Marie McLachlan is a mezzo-soprano from London and has recently completed her studies for a Masters in Vocal Performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, under the tuition of Alison Wells and Robert Bottriell. Whilst there, she participated in the English National Opera Mentor Scheme. Prior to this, she studied English and Music at the University of Southampton, where she was a choral scholar with Cantores Michaelis, directed by Keith Davis.
In 2018, Anna co-founded Grassroots Opera with soprano, Chloe Stratta, co-directing and performing the role of Orfeo in Orfeo ed Euridice (Gluck). Anna was a Young Artist with Bury Court Opera, performing as a Mad Voice and covering the title role in the premiere of Mad King Suibhne (Noah Mosley), directed by Ella Marchment. The production was revived as part of Helios Collective's Formations series with English National Opera, performing at Lilian Baylis House and with Bury Court Opera at Messums, Wiltshire. Anna’s operatic experience includes Idamante (Idomeneo) for Rose Opera, Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro, Mozart) for Thames Philharmonia Opera, Dulwich Opera & Handmade Opera, in venues around Umbria in Italy, Dorabella (Cosi fan tutte, Mozart) for Rose Opera at the Beaminster Festival, Instant Opera & at the Nuffield Theatre, Southampton, Nancy (Albert Herring, Britten) with Harrow Opera, Zerlina (Don Giovanni, Mozart) with Instant Opera, La Ciesca (Gianni Schicchi, Puccini) for Handmade Opera, Hänsel (cover), (Hänsel und Gretel, Humperdinck) for Secret Opera, Mystery/2nd Woman and Mezzo Soloist (The Fairy Queen, Purcell) for City Lit Opera, 2nd Witch/Spirit (Dido and Aeneas, Purcell) for Chelmsford City Opera, Instigator (It Makes No Difference, Simone Spagnolo) at the Tête à Tête Opera Festival, Riverside Studios, La Conversation (Les plaisirs de Versailles, Charpentier) at St Alfeges Church, Greenwich, Elle (La Voix Humaine, Poulenc) at Blackheath Halls, Iolanthe (Iolanthe, Gilbert and Sullivan) and Jenny Diver (The Beggar’s Opera, Gay) for the University of Southampton’s Light Operatic Society.
In opera scenes, she has performed the roles of Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Rossini) at the Italian Cultural Institute, Mrs Ford (Sir John in Love, Vaughan Williams), Idamante (Idomeneo, Mozart), Sosarme (Sosarme, Handel), Stewardess (Flight, Dove), Tirinto (Imeneo, Handel), Hermia (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Britten), Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro, Mozart), Mezzo soloist/Common Person (It Makes No Difference, Simone Spagnolo) and Mistress of Novices (Suor Angelica, Puccini). Her chorus experience has included working with Trinity Laban Opera, Hampstead Garden Opera and Classical Opera (Lucio Silla, Mozart) at the Cadogan Hall.
Anna was selected as a finalist in the Schubert Song Prize, singing in a masterclass with Dame Felicity Lott, for the London Song Festival. She has also performed in masterclasses and workshops with eminent artists such as Simon Keenlyside, Nicholas Kraemer, Teresa Cahill, Eugene Asti and Rosa Mannion.
Solo engagements include alto soloist in Pergolesi's Stabat Mater with the Isca Ensemble, solos in Vivaldi's Gloria and Haydn's Nelson Mass, in Exeter Cathedral, performing folk songs by Berio at the Southbank Centre as part of the Rest is Noise Festival, participation in Eugene Asti’s Richard Strauss project, the alto solo (Cantata BWV 161, J.S Bach), directed by Steven Devine at the Old Royal Naval College Chapel and recitals at the Old Royal Naval College Chapel, St Martin within Ludgate, London and Claygate Music Festival. Anna was due to make her solo debut at St John's Smith Square in 2020, but unfortunately this was cancelled due to Covid-19.
During her studies at Trinity Laban, Anna has been a member of the Early Music Ensemble, singing at the Greenwich Early Music Festival, and the chamber choir, performing in various venues including the Barbican, Chelmsford Cathedral and the Cutty Sark.
Future engagements include the role of Minerva in the premiere of @emele (Roger Simmonds) with Oxfordshire Contemporary Opera.
Alongside her performing career, Anna teaches regularly around London and Surrey.