B i o g r a p h y
In the 2018-2019 season, Anna Polum joined Opera Idaho's Young Artist Program. She covered Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) and sing the role of the High Priestess (Aida). In the summer of 2018 she returned to Opera Fairbanks in the role of Nedda in I Pagliacci. Previously, in the 2016-2017 season, Anna joined Madison Opera as their Soprano Studio Artist. She has covered roles with Madison Opera such as Juliet (Romeo and Juliet), Chan Parker (Charlie Parker's Yardbird), and Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), as well as sung Papagena in the same production. Anna continued with Madison Opera as their Soprano Studio Artist for the 2017-2018 season, covering roles such as Micaëla (Carmen), Konstanze (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), and Florencia Grimaldi (Florencia en el Amazonas). She sang Frasquita in the same production of Carmen in November 2017. Other operatic roles include Contessa Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro) and Miss Jessel (The Turn of the Screw) with University Opera at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, Madame Herz (Der Schauspieldirektor) with UW-Madison's Student Opera, the Dew Fairy in (Hansel and Gretel), and Voluptua (La Pizza con Funghi) with Opera Fairbanks.
On the concert stage, Anna has performed the soprano solos in Beethoven's Mass in C with the University of Wisconsin Choral Union, as well as Respighi's Laud to the Nativity with the University of Alaska Fairbanks Choir of the North. In May 2017, she joined Madison Symphony Chorus as the soprano soloist for their Germany Tour performing Brahms German Requiem with orchestras all over Germany, including the Leipzig Symphony Orchestra.
Anna's awards include the University of Wisconsin - Madison's Concerto Competition in which she sang Juliet's Poison Aria from Romeo and Juliet. She has placed 1st and 2nd numerous times at the NATS competitions in both Wisconsin and Alaska. She was named one of three winners of the Idaho/Montana Regional Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in Pocatello, Idaho in 2018.
Originally from Kodiak Island, Alaska, Anna holds a Masters in Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and Bachelor's degrees in Vocal Performance and Music Education from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Now, Anna resides in her hometown of Kodiak, Alaska, teaching elementary music and private voice lessons. She continues to perform in recitals and concerts. For more information on taking private voice lessons from Ms. Polum, click on the "Lessons/Contact" page.