Artist Biography

Chanáe Curtis

Soprano

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Assistant: Carys Davies carys.davies@harlequin-agency.co.uk

Website: http://www.chanaecurtis.com


American soprano Chanáe Curtis studied at the Manhattan School of Music before graduating from the MA Opera course at Cardiff’s Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. An engaging artist with a voice that creates scale and volume, she has performed in concert and on the opera stage in the UK, Europe and USA.

American soprano Chanáe Curtis studied at Ashland University, Ohio and completed her Master’s degree at the Manhattan School of Music, New York City. In 2016, she graduated from the M.A. Opera Course at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff, where she was taught by and continues to work with Suzanne Murphy.

Roles whilst at the RWCMD include Alice Ford in Falstaff, Lady Billows in Albert Herring and Forester’s Wife/ Mrs Pasek in The Cunning Little Vixen. Other roles include, Countess Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro at Central City Opera, Colorado, Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte at the Oberlin in Italy Festival, Mimi in La Bohème at the Manhattan School of Music and Flora in a concert performance of La Traviata with Ashland Symphony Orchestra. Roles performed in opera scenes include the Title Role in Anna Bolena and Violetta in La Traviata at the Scuola di belcanto, Italy; Papagena in Die Zauberflöte at the Chautaqua Institution Voice Program; Sister Rose in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking and Sister Margaretta in The Sound of Music for Central City Opera; Adina in L’elisir d’Amore, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus and Zerlina in Don Giovanni at Ashland University.


Chanáe has won numerous awards, including the Dame Shirley Bassey Vocal Scholarship, Eileen Price Lieder Prize and Dolan Evans Award while at RWCMD; the Rotary Club Prize in the 2016 ‘Citta di Alcamo’ International Opera Singing Competition in Italy and also in 2016, the prestigious Pathfinder Award sponsored by the Arts Council of England.

Concert highlights include Strauss’ Four Last Songs with the Royal Welsh College Symphony Orchestra at St David’s Hall, Cardiff and Strauss’ Morgen for HRH the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace, London.  Chanáe recently made her recital début at St. Martin-in-the-Fields singing works by Samuel Barber and Strauss’ Four Last Songs. She has performed Verdi’s cavatina Ernani, Ernani Involami on BBC Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’ and took part in a televised Masterclass with David Pountney as part of the 2017 BBC Cardiff Singer of The World Competition.

Her Oratorio work includes Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Manhattan School of Music Symphony Orchestra, the Fauré Requiem and Bach’s Magnificat with the Ashland Symphony Orchestra and Handel’s Messiah and Seven Last Words of Christ with the Galion Community Orchestra, Ohio.

Engagements this season include a recital at St Martin in the Field and the Te Deum from Verdi’s Four Sacred Pieces with the Hallé Orchestra, conducted by Sir Mark Elder which will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.


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Bach Magnificat in D Major BWV 243
Fauré Requiem Op. 89
Handel Messiah HWV 56
Handel Seven last Words of Christ
Mendelssohn Elijah Op. 70
Strauss Four Last Songs
Strauss Morgen
Bach
Magnificat in D Major BWV 243
Fauré
Requiem Op. 89
Handel
Messiah HWV 56
Handel
Seven last Words of Christ
Mendelssohn
Elijah Op. 70
Strauss
Four Last Songs
Strauss
Morgen
Britten Albert HerringLady Billows
Donizetti Anna BolenaTitle Role (cover)
Jake Heggie Dead Man WalkingSister Rose
Janáček The Cunning Little VixenForester's Wife; Mrs Pasek
Mozart Così fan tutteFiordiligi
Mozart Die Zauberflöte Papagena (scenes)
Mozart Le nozze di FigaroCountess Almaviva
Puccini La Bohème Mimi
Rodgers The Sound of MusicSister Margaretta
Verdi Falstaff Alice Ford
Verdi La TraviataFlora; Violetta (scenes)
Britten
Albert Herring
Lady Billows
Donizetti
Anna Bolena
Title Role (cover)
Jake Heggie
Dead Man Walking
Sister Rose
Janáček
The Cunning Little Vixen
Forester's Wife; Mrs Pasek
Mozart
Così fan tutte
Fiordiligi
Mozart
Die Zauberflöte
Papagena (scenes)
Mozart
Le nozze di Figaro
Countess Almaviva
Puccini
La Bohème
Mimi
Rodgers
The Sound of Music
Sister Margaretta
Verdi
Falstaff
Alice Ford
Verdi
La Traviata
Flora; Violetta (scenes)

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