Anna Starushkevych was born in Lviv, Ukraine where she started her artistic journey as a pianist and then as a singer. After graduating from the Liudkevych State Music College and the Lysenko National Music Academy in Lviv, she moved to the United Kingdom to continue her studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

After starting her career singing mostly contralto repertoire, Anna has seized the opportunity to deeply explore her voice during the global pandemic and has since moved to a broader spectre of mezzo-soprano operatic roles. Anna has had the good fortune of winning various prizes at a number of competitions, including the International London Handel Competition, where she took the First Prize, the Audience Prize and the York Early Music Prize.


Anna’s recordings include the role of Rosimonda in Handel’s Faramondo released on CD by Decca Records. The recording was nominated for the Grammy Awards.

Currently, Anna’s repertoire includes roles such as: Angelina in Rossini’s La Cenerentola, Ariodante in Handel’s Ariodante, Irene in Bajazet by Vivaldi, Mignon by Thomas, Ottavia in Il Coronazione di Poppea by Monteverdi, Pinocchio in The Adventures of Pinocchio by Dove, Sesto in La Clemenza di Tito by Mozart, Sesto in Handel’s Giulio Cesare, Stéphano in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette and others.



It is a great passion of Anna’s to perform songs. Amongst some of her favourites are Ukrainian songs by Shamo ‘Oi, Hop-Hopaka’, Lysenko ‘Why Does My Soul Feel So Heavy?’, Nyzhankivsky ‘You, My Beloved...’, Filtz ‘To Little Mar’yana’, as well as Britten’s song cycle ‘A Charm of Lullabies’, Mussorgsky’s song cycle ‘The Nursery’, ‘From Jewish Folk poetry’ by Shostakovich, ‘Chinese Songs’ by Haas as well as songs by a young British-Armenian composer Kristina Arakelyan.

When an opportunity arises Anna enjoys singing and experimenting in various styles, especially Jazz and Folk.