Soprano Anja Strauss has firmly established herself in the vocal profession as an extremely experienced and multifaceted performer, being equally at home in the Opera, Lied and Oratorio repertoire.

       Besides her signature role Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, her operatic roles include Oscar (Un Ballo In Maschera), Blonde (Abduction from the Seraglio), Despina (Così fan tutte), Clorinda (La Cenerentola) and Mabel (Pirates of Penzance), among others. She sang with Sacramento Opera, Pacific Repertory Opera and the German companies of Luebeck, Kiel Potsdam and Detmold. She appeared as the “Governess” in Britten’s Turn of the Screw with Oakland Opera and San Francisco Lyric Opera. 

         In addition to opera, Ms. Strauss has performed a vast repertoire of sacred music touring Europe with the solo parts of Bach’s B Minor Mass, Mozart’s C Minor Mass, Haydn’s Seasons, Handel’s Messiah, Fauré’s Requiem and the German Requiem by Brahms. During her tenure at Juilliard in NYC, she performed Mozart’s Requiem for the September 11 Commemoration at Lincoln Center. Most recently she performed as the soprano soloist in Haydn’s Creation with Santa Cruz Symphony, and she toured with the Schleswig Holdstein LJO Symphony performing Mozart's C Minor Mass in Germany and Denmark.

         A passionate Lied Singer, Ms. Strauss has performed in recitals at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Goethe Institute in New York City, with the Wagner Society in San Francisco, the Olympic Music Festival in Seattle, the Mozart Society of California in Carmel and in Luebeck, Germany. Most recently she performed Hindemith's Marienleben at the Bach Festival in Roskilde, Denmark.

         She enjoys collaborating with contemporary composers, as in the world premieres of both Kirke Mechem’s opera Pride and Prejudice with the San Francisco Choral Society at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco and the new opera “The Dawn Makers” by Allen Shearer, presented by Composer’s Inc. at San Francisco’s Herbst Theater. She was the featured soprano soloist for Pulitzer Prize winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis' song cycle "Awakenings and a Double Lullaby " at various festivals throughout the US with the composer at the piano. During last season she performed Schönberg’s Pierrot Lunaire with conductor Kent Nagano.

In addition to her active performing career she teaches at the McGill University in Montreal. Before relocating to Canada in 2012, she served on the faculty of the San Francisco State University, the San Francisco Conservatory’s Preparatory Division and Adult Extension; and has worked as a German diction coach at the San Francisco Opera. 

Anja Strauss graduated from the Juilliard School, where she studied with Cynthia Hoffmann, and from the Musikhochschule Lübeck (Germany), where her teacher was Prof. Günter Binge. She has appeared in Master Classes of Christa Ludwig, Bernd Weikl, Ubbaldo Fabbri, Elly Ameling and Barbara Bonney.

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