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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 Matilda in Handel’s Ottone 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, Sesto in Handel’s Giulio Cesare, Mignon by Thomas, Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte by Mozart, Pinocchio in The Adventures of Pinocchio by Dove, Stéphano in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette and others.
Anna was a member of the creative team of a new opera 'Penelope. Seven Ways to Wait' by Kristina Arakelyan. In September 2022, she co-directed the premiere and performed the leading role of Penelope at the Arcola Theatre in London.
Performing songs is a great passion of Anna’s. Amongst some of her favourites are Ukrainian songs by Ihor Shamo, Mykola Lysenko, Nestor Nyzhankivsky, Bohdana Filtz, as well as Britten’s song cycle ‘A Charm of Lullabies’, 'Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen' by Mahler and 'Chinese Songs’ by Haas.
When the opportunity arises Anna enjoys singing and experimenting in various styles, especially Jazz and Folk.
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