Celebrated for her gorgeous voice and impeccable musicianship, Canadian mezzo-soprano Anita Krause is equally esteemed in the concert hall and on the opera stage. She has performed with many of North America’s leading orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, l’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, the Baltimore Symphony and the Toronto Symphony. Ms. Krause has also appeared with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Grant Park Symphony, and Les Violons du Roy, as well as with the orchestras of Vancouver, Calgary, Quebec, Edmonton, Kitchener-Waterloo and the Canadian Opera Company. She has collaborated with such leading conductors as Christoph Eschenbach, Charles Dutoit, Carlos Kalmar, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Hans Graf, Eliahu Inbal, Kent Nagano, Paavo Jarvi, Gerard Schwarz, Pinchas Zukerman, Stefan Lano, Bernard Labadie, Bramwell Tovey and Yoav Talmi.
In the summer of 2012, Ms. Krause debuted at the Oregon Bach Festival singing works of Tippett and Debussy. During the 2012 -2013 season she will be heard in Bach’s MASS IN B MINOR for the Grand Philharmonic Choir of Kitchener Waterloo, Mahler’s DAS LIED VON DER ERDE for Orchestra London, MESSIAH for Orchestre symphonique de Trois Rivieres, Verdi’s REQUIEM for Chorus Niagara and special presentations by the Aldeburgh Connection and the Talisker Players. Mozart, Mahler and Beethoven dominated Ms. Krause’s 2011-2012 schedule and she appeared for the Lanaudiere Festival (Les Violons du Roy), Orchestra Symphonique de Montréal, and the Utah Symphony in Mozart’s REQUIEM, Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 for the Toronto Symphony, his Symphony No. 2 for the Winnipeg Symphony and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 for the Calgary Philharmonic, MISSA SOLEMNIS for Edmonton’s Richard Eaton Singers and the MASS IN C for the Colorado Symphony. A special highlight was her appearance with Zukerman and the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa for Verdi’s REQUIEM.
Ms. Krause began her 2010-2011 season during the summer with performances of Tippett’s A CHILD OF OUR TIME for the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago. A favorite with Orchestre symphonique de Québec patrons, she returned for Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 conducted by Yoav Talmi and later Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 conducted by Bruno Weil for Tafelmusik, Mozart’s REQUIEM with the Colorado Symphony, and his MASS IN C MINOR with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. In the summer of 2009, Ms. Krause appeared in Mendelssohn’s ST. PAUL with the Berkshire Choral Festival in Montreal and her 2009-2010 season included Suzuki in MADAMA BUTTERFLY for the Canadian Opera Company, MISSA SOLEMNIS (Zukerman) and Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 (Nezet-Seguin) with the National Arts Centre Orchestra and the Toronto Aldeburgh Connection’s ‘Schubertiad”.
Her 2008-2009 engagements included Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and ELIJAH with the Calgary Philharmonic, Duruflé’s REQUIEM with the Vancouver Chamber Choir and MESSIAH with the Rochester Philharmonic. On the opera stage she sang Gertrude in a concert version of HAMLET with Opera Lyra Ottawa, and Juno in SEMELE with Pacific Opera Victoria Ms. Krause’s 2008 summer festival season saw her in Chicago for Beethoven’s MISSA SOLEMNIS at the Grant Park Festival at the Gehry designed Pritzker Pavilion and in Vancouver for a concert of Vaughan Williams and Willan with the Berkshire Choral Festival. Mahler’s RÜCKERT LIEDER took her to the Vancouver Symphony and other performances on the West Coast included MESSIAH with the Vancouver Bach Choir and IL TRAMONTO with the CBC Vancouver Orchestra. She also performed in Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with Talmi and l’Orchestre symphonique de Quebec, and MESSIAH with the Elmer Iseler Singers.
Anita Krause has demonstrated impressive versatility as a concert artist, singing Mozart arias with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, BLUEBEARD’S CASTLE, WOZZECK and Stravinsky’s MAVRA with l’Orchestre symphonique de Montreal, BLUEBEARD’S CASTLE with the Baltimore Symphony, MESSIAH and Elgar’s SEA PICTURES with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, ELIJAH and Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 with l’Orchestre symphonique de Québec. Further credits include Mozart’s REQUIEM and MASS IN C MINOR and Haydn’s LORD NELSON MASS with Les Violons du Roy, Stravinsky’s PULCINELLA with the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, Beethoven’s SYMPHONY NO. 9 with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, and Orchestra London Canada, and Verdi’s REQUIEM with Orchestra London Canada, the Elora Festival Orchestra and the Kingston Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Krause has appeared with the Canadian Opera Company in such roles as Suzuki in MADAMA BUTTERFLY, Emilia in OTELLO, Ursule in BEATRICE ET BENEDICT, and the title role in Gary Kulesha’s RED EMMA. She has also enjoyed success in SALOME with Seattle Opera and Opera Lyra Ottawa, MADAMA BUTTERFLY with Glimmerglass Opera, SEMELE with Chicago Opera Theater, Adalgisa in NORMA and Cornelia in GUILIO CESARE with Pacific Opera Victoria, Mallika in LAKME with Opera Ontario and Offenbach’s BARBE BLEU with l’opera francais de New York. In addition, she has performed with the opera companies of Vancouver, Calgary, Quebec, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
Ms. Krause has been hailed as a “recitalist of rare intelligence and integrity” (National Post, Toronto) and has appeared at the St. Lawrence Centre’s Music Toronto Series, the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, the Virtuosi Series in Winnipeg, the Aeolian Chamber Music series in London, Ontario, the Guelph Spring Festival, and Rendez-Vous Musical de Laterriere in Quebec. Her performances are frequently broadcast across Canada on CBC radio. A prizewinner at the Salzburg International Mozart Competition, Anita Krause has also garnered awards from the George London Foundation, the Jean Chalmers Fund, and the Canada Council. She was awarded 1st Prize at the Canadian Young Mozart Singers Competition and the Silver Medal at the CBC Young Artists Competition. Ms. Krause has been a fellow at the Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival. Her discography includes Vivaldi Sacred Music with the Aradia Ensemble on the Naxos label, and “Verdi and Rossini Rarities” with the COC Orchestra for CBC discs.
Aldeburgh Connection Baltimore Symphony Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, Colorado CBC Vancouver Orchestra Calgary Opera Calgary Philharmonic Canadian Opera Company Chicago Opera Theater Colorado Symphony Edmonton Symphony Festival de Lanaudière Glimmerglass Opera Grant Park Music Festival, Chicago Manitoba Opera National Arts Centre Orchestra, Ottawa Opéra de Québec Opéra Français de New York Opera Lyra, Ottawa Orchestra London Orchestre symphonique de Montréal Orchestre symphonique de Québec Oregon Bach Festival Ottawa Chamber Music Festival Pacific Opera Victoria Ravinia Festival Rochester Philharmonic Seattle Opera Toronto Symphony Orchestra Utah Symphony Vancouver Opera Vancouver Symphony Les Violons du Roy
“Anita Krause was outstanding in her one solo offering from Mozart’s COSI FAN TUTTE.”
The Ottawa Citizen – Richard Todd
“Krause delivered Ombra mai fu from XERXESs with stirring nobility and Svegliatevi nel core, from GUILIO CESARE, with fire…in Schumann’s ‘Frauenliebe und leben, Krause’s strong passionate portrayal overcame the inherent sexism of a cycle…Krause’s German diction was clear and vivid, especially in the final song which Krause presented with operatic intensity. Krause is clearly a recitalist of rare intelligence and integrity.”
National Post – Tamara Bernstein
“Krause displayed her rich, sharply focused voice and sense of musicianshiop that brought out the depth and subtlety of Brahms’ writing.”
The Ottawa Citizen – Richard Todd
“Anita Krause a été simplement parfaite. Il faut dire qu’après tous les drames qui se sont joués jusque-là, entendre s’élever la voix humaine semble tenir du prodige.”
Le Soleil – Richard Boisvert
“Mezzo-soprano Anita Krause, Suzuki brought to her role a warmly resonant voice and strong dramatic skills.”(Calgary Opera, MADAMA BUTTERFLY)
Opera Canada – Kenneth DeLong
“Krause, the young mezzo, was particularly impressive, focusing her steady, gleaming voice on the musical and spiritual meaning of what she had to sing.” (Elora Festival)
Globe and Mail – Ken Winters
“Anita Krause rend la fragilité du personnage de Judith (ou Judit selon la partition originale) tout en projetant une voix irréprochable.”
La Presse – Claude Gingras
“Anita Krause firmly characterized the tiny role of the Page with expressive acting and a plangent, supple voice.” (Seattle Opera, SALOME)
Opera Canada – Robert Jordan
“Anita Krause doles out her rich and flexible tone in the part of Judith. Krause’s gorgeously dusky and plaintive approach worked well…as Judith learns her fate…Krause’s sound shifted from gleaming wonder to grim horror.”
Washington Post – Daniel Ginsberg
“Anita Krause is a strong Adalgisa displaying a secure technique and bulls-eyeing difficult high notes.”