Ana Panagulias

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Ann Pangulias is a rising American soprano, attracting attention for her excellent performances in a wide range of operas. She graduated from Oberlin College Conservatory and received her master's at…
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Ann Pangulias is a rising American soprano, attracting attention for her excellent performances in a wide range of operas. She graduated from Oberlin College Conservatory and received her master's at the New England Conservatory of Music.

She first came to attention as a regional First Place winner (New England) in the 1985 Metropolitan Opera Auditions. She has appeared in numerous opera companies in the U.S. and Europe, and also is in demand as a recitalist and orchestra concert singer.

She began her professional career with the San Francisco-based Merola Opera Program in 1986. She then joined the Western Opera Theater, with which she toured for two years. Her debut with the San Francisco Opera was in Wagner's Parsifal in 1988. She won great critical acclaim as Alban Berg's Lulu at San Francisco in 1989 and in 1991 sung Natasha in Prokofiev's War and Peace, also in San Francisco, a performance that is described as a triumph.

Her European debut was also in Lulu (Teatro La Fenice, Venice). Other roles and theaters where she has sung them are: Poppea in Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea (Dallas Opera, Montpelier); Gilda in Verdi's Rigoletto (Los Angeles Music Center Opera, San Francisco Opera); Rosina in Rossini's The Barber of Seville (Hawaii Opera); Norina in Donizetti's Don Pasquale (Palm Beach); Nedda in I Pagliacci (Pittsburgh); Musetta in La bohème (San Francisco, Santa Fe); Catherine in Weill's Der Protagonist and Jenny in the same composer's Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (her debut role at the Metropolitan). Other unusual operas in her repertory are Henze's Der Prinz von Homburg, David Lang's Modern Painters, Weill's Die Bürgschaft, and the title role of Janácek's Adventures of Bystroushka the Vixen.

As a concert artist, she has sung Orff's Carmina Burana, Handel's Messiah, Goltenthal's Fire, Water, and Paper, the Mozart Requiem, Ryuichi Sakamoto's Life, and Shostakovich's Fourteenth Symphony.