- Anya Laurence
(b Oct 13, 1950). American mezzo-soprano. Her sister was the singer Kristine Ciesinski. After studying voice while growing up in Delaware, Katherine attended Temple University and the Curtis Institute of Music, where her teachers were Margaret Harshaw and Dino Yannopolous. She gained a great deal of recognition early in her career, winning the Gramma Fischer Award at the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions (...