Praised by Opera News as "a warm, elegant mezzo,” Tascha Anderson originally hails from Helena, Montana and has also been esteemed as “emotionally rich,” “a brassy mezzo with flair,” “vivacious,” and “a wild one.”
Most recently, Ms. Anderson has been seen making her debut with her home company, Intermountain Opera Bozeman, in a virtual concert entitled Into the Light, in collaboration with Baroque Music Montana to celebrate Spring Equinox, and new beginnings. Fans complimented Ms. Anderson’s performance saying she was, “technically perfect,” that her “tempo and phrasing are flawless,” and that her “stage presence is unparalleled.”
Anderson’s most notable credits and favorite roles include the title role in The Tragedy of Carmen with both Tri-Cities Opera and Charlottesville Opera, Older Alyce in Tom Cipullo’s Glory Denied with Tri-Cities Opera, Florinda in Into the Woods with Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre, Pastore 4 in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo with Chautauqua Opera, Candelas in Manuel de Falla’s El amor brujo with New York’s Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra, in which The Glens Falls Chronicle praised her “fiery drama” and “dusk-edged mezzo vocals,” and Jacqueline in Gounod’s Le médecin malgré lui with Odyssey Opera, under the baton of Grammy Award winning maestro Gil Rose. The Boston Globe hailed Ms. Anderson's debut with Odyssey Opera as "memorable" and OPERA magazine celebrated her as bringing about an "alert, present, well-honed, and agile mezzo."
An advocate of contemporary music and new opera enthusiast, Ms. Anderson premiered the role of Pamela Yusupov in Evan Mack’s Roscoe with Albany Symphony alongside renowned soprano Deborah Voigt in October of 2016, just after she created the role the summer before, at Seagle Music Colony. The Albany Times Union admired her as “a vocal standout,” and “the seductress in red.” Building on a strong working relationship with Mr. Mack, she has since toured the lead role, Sister Dorothy, in his first opera Angel of the Amazon many times, performing at such places as the United States Botanical Garden at the U.S. Capitol, Vashon Island, Oregon and Nashville, TN.
In 2020, Ms. Anderson made her debut with the Oratorio Society of Richmond, portraying the role of Daniel in Händel’s Susanna, performed on International Women’s Day, March 8, to benefit the women’s shelter Safe Harbor. She also had the privilege of previewing excerpts from their production on NPR the week of the performance. Almost immediately following, she was scheduled to join the company of Holland America/Princess Cruise Lines in an original musical entitled The Music of Denali, in Denali National Park, Alaska. This production was postponed from summer 2020, rescheduled for 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and has recently been postponed again.
In January 2019, Ms. Anderson performed with Grammy Award Winning Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) in the Boston premiere and recording of Haroun and the Sea of Stories, one of several new music recordings she is featured on. Shortly after, she made her debut with Encompass New Opera Theatre to revisit arias from Mack's Angel of the Amazon, as part of a concert at the National Opera Center sponsored by American Opera Projects.
A versatile singer in both opera and concert repertoire, Ms. Anderson has appeared with Minnesota Bach Ensemble as the alto soloist in BWV 88, the alto soloist in Respighi's Il tramonto with Boston's Symphony Nova, and the alto soloist in excerpts from Scarlatti’s La Primavera, with Baroque Music Montana.
Additionally, with an extensive background in professional dance training and a love of theatre, Ms. Anderson is equally comfortable in the Musical Theatre repertoire. She has made appearances as Petra (A Little Night Music) both Florinda and the Stepmother (Into the Woods), Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn (The Music Man), Mrs. Winthrop (The Secret Garden), and has appeared as featured dancing ensemble in many others. Broadway World described Ms. Anderson's dancing as The Succubus in The Mystery of Edwin Drood with Swift Creek Mill Theatre, as "magical."
Ms. Anderson can be heard on several new music recordings, one of which is Michael Dellaria’s The Leopard as the Princess, another project that was produced by American Opera Projects, as well as the aforementioned BMOP recording. She is also featured in recordings of the composer John Davies’ children’s operas Goldie B Locks and the Three Singing Bears, and The Bremen Town Musicians, found on the composer’s website, and has worked with Boston’s Vox Futura ensemble since 2015, appearing on various video game and film score recordings.
Other notable role credits include Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Isabella (L’Italiana in Algeri), Mother Goose (The Rake’s Progress), Virginia Woolf, (From the Diary of Virginia Woolf), Bianca (The Rape of Lucretia), Flora (La traviata), Sesto (La clamenza di Tito), and Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus).
In 2015, Ms. Anderson was awarded both the 3rd Place in Opera and the Encouragement Award in Art Song from The American Prize, and in 2016 was a finalist in the professional divisions of both the National Opera Association Dominick Argento Competition and the Classical Singer Competition.
Ms. Anderson earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Pepperdine University, and her Master of Music degree from The Boston Conservatory. While pursuing her first degree, she was appointed with many leadership awards, such as Associated Women of Pepperdine, and the Christian Leadership Award. Additionally, she received music scholarships at both Pepperdine and The Boston Conservatory.
When she's not performing, Tascha takes pride in her nomadic off-grid lifestyle, often enjoying camping or hiking with her partner Michael Gray. She can generally be found anywhere outdoors enjoying the sun and nature, with a special emphasis on her love for the Rocky Mountains.
- Sat, Mar 20Opera Bozeman's YouTube Channel & Website
- Tue, Apr 28Denali National Park and PreserveApr 28, 2020, 7:00 AM – Jul 18, 2020, 11:00 AMDenali National Park and Preserve, Denali National Park and Preserve, AK, USA*This event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic* Ms. Anderson appears in the original musical The Music of Denali as she joins the team of Holland America and Princess Cruise Lines in Alaska.
Tascha lives a proud, minimalist, unconventional life off the grid. To read more about Tascha's journey, read her personal biography, below. Follow along on her social media, as she and her partner Michael share their off-grid, nomadic living experiences and tutorials, cute photos of their dog, Montana things, and other adventures.