Anya Matanovič, Soprano
Praised for her “thrilling vocal color” and “sweetly winning” presence, American soprano Anya Matanovič joins the roster of the Metropolitan Opera this season to cover Violetta in all performances of Verdi’s La Traviata. The 2021-2022 season brought Anya’s highly-anticipated return to Seattle Opera, singing one of opera’s most cherished roles, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro. She bowed as Violetta with Opera Santa Barbara, and joined Bard SummerScape as Isotta in Strauss’s Die Schweigsame Frau, under the baton of Leon Botstein.
Ms. Matanovič made her professional opera debut, directly from her undergraduate studies, as Mimì in the Los Angeles commercial engagement of Baz Luhrmann’s Tony Award-winning production of La Bohème, and made her international opera debut as Musetta in Franco Zeffirelli’s production of La Bohème with the New Israeli Opera. She has returned to Seattle Opera on numerous occasions since her time there as a young artist, including roles such as Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, Marzelline in Fidelio, Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte and Nanetta in Falstaff. She has twice joined Santa Fe Opera, as Wanda in a new production of Offenbach’s The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein and Papagena in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. She made her debut with the Glimmerglass Festival as Micaëla in Carmen.