- Anya Laurence
(b Ames, IA, 1973). American soprano. She studied vocal performance at Northwestern University (BM 1995) and joined the Young American Artists Program at the Glimmerglass Opera. She made her debut in 1996 in the role of Margaret Borden in Lizzie Borden by Jack Beeson, and the following year she played Curley’s Wife in the Glimmerglass production of Carlisle Floyd’s Of Mice and Men. Three years later she appeared in the world premiere of three one-act operas—Deborah Drattell and Wendy Wasserstein’s The Festival of Regrets; Michael Torke and A.R. Gurney’s Strawberry Fields; and Robert Beaser and Terrence McNally’s The Food of Love—at Glimmerglass. She also appeared as soloist in the premieres of Aaron Jay Kernis’s Garden of Light and Torke’s Four Seasons with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the New York Choral Artists and the American Boy Choir under conductor Kurt Masur at Avery Fisher Hall. In ...