Anna Galavis (formerly Richardson) is a versatile soprano with recent credits spanning opera to new music to musical theatre. This past season, Anna had the privilege of playing Blondchen in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail with Puget Sound Concert Opera as well as collaborating with Tacoma City Ballet in their Fall in Tacoma chamber performance. She also performed her first professional role in her hometown of Portland as Elsie in Yeomen of the Guard. In the 2018 season, Anna lent her “clear, true soprano” to Patience with The Seattle Gilbert and Sullivan Society, as well as Kathie in The Student Prince with Icicle Creek Center for the Arts. Noted for her “magnetic stage presence” and “rock-solid technique”, Anna delighted audiences as a “deliciously petulant brat” in her portrayal of Clorinda in Rossini’s La Cenerentola in historic Faneuil Hall in Boston. In her “energetic” performance as Papagena in Die Zauberflöte with NY Opera Exchange, Anna was praised for her “fantastic physical acting abilities”. Other recent opera credits include the vocally acrobatic La Feu in Ravel’s L’enfant et les Sortileges, and the cheeky concubine, Crobyle, in Massenet’s Thaïs.
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Equally at home on the musical theatre stage, Anna undertook the challenging role of Aldonza in Man of La Mancha with SecondStory Repertory last March while simultaneously performing in a self-produced cabaret entitled “I love you and you and you”, which was sponsored by Lesser Known Players on Bainbridge Island. Seacoast Online praised Anna for having the “voice of an angel” as Marian Paroo in The Music Man at Rochester Opera House in New Hampshire. A lover of Sondheim, Anna enchanted listeners as Anne Egerman in A Little Night Music with Hartford Opera Theatre in Hartford, Connecticut. Other theatre engagements include Meg Brockie in Brigadoon, Ruth Putnam in The Crucible, and scenes from Phantom of the Opera as Christine.
Anna is also a fan of new music, and recently played the role of Doña Victorina in a revival of the Filipino opera Noli Me Tangere in original Tagalog. She also had the privilege of collaborating with Juventas New Music Ensemble in their world premiere of The Little Blue One as well as with composer Evan Mack in his opera Beach and Moan which was performed at New in November, a festival of new opera.
In 2013, Anna received her Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from the Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College, where she studied with renown vocal pedagogue, Patricia McCaffrey. During her graduate studies she also made solo appearances with Riverside Symphony Orchestra, New York Opera Exchange, Interlakes Theatre, and The Savannah Voice Festival through V.O.I.C.Experience. Ms. Galavis received her undergraduate degree in Applied Music from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, where she graduated magna cum laude in 2010.
A native of Portland, Oregon, Anna was thrilled to move back to the Pacific Northwest in 2017. She currently lives and teaches in Seattle with her husband. The two of them welcomed their daughter Cosima in April 2020.