Ann Panagulias  
New England First Place Winner 1985


Soprano Ann Panagulias studied at Oberlin College and received a Masters of Music degree from the New England Conservatory. Upon graduation in 1988 Ann began her professional career with the San Francisco Opera as a member of the Merola Opera program and later as an Adler Fellow. In 1989 she made her major role debut there as Lulu, and appeared with the company through 2004 in a number of roles including Natasha in War and Peace, Musetta in La Bohême, Marzelline in Fidelio, and Cinna in Lucio Silla.


Ann’s other early assignments included the title role of L'Incoronazione di Poppea at Dallas Opera, Gilda in Rigoletto with the Los Angeles Music Center Opera, Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Hawaii Opera, Norina in Don Pasquale with Palm Beach Opera, Nedda in I Pagliacci, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, and Gilda with Pittsburgh Opera, Manja in The Countess Maritza at Santa Fe Opera, Musetta at Pittsburgh Opera, Violetta in La Traviata with Opera Carolina and Opera Columbus, the title role of The Cunning Little Vixen and as Blanche in Dialogues of the Carmelites at Portland Opera (Oregon), and Marenka in The Bartered Bride with Washington Opera. In Europe she appeared with the Vlaamse Opera in Antwerp as Poppea, at Teatro la Fenice in Venice as Lulu,with Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa as Anne Trulove in The Rake's Progress, at Opera de Montpellier and Théatre des Champs-Elysées as Angelique in Lully’s Roland, in Athens as Gilda, at the Grand Theatre de Bordeaux as Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte, and at the Wexford Festival as Leonora inDonizetti’s L'Assedio di Calais.


Ann’s has continued her forays into contemporary opera. At the American Spoleto Festival she was Luise Mattes in Kurt Weill’s Die Bürgschaft (The Pledge), and took part in the first complete recording of the opera under Julius Rudel. She also appeared with Opera Theatre of St. Louis in the world premier of Cary John Franklin’s Loss of Eden, creating the role of Bruno Hauptmann’s wife Anna in the story of the kidnapping of the Lindburgh baby. In William Bolcom's A View From the Bridge, first Ann was Catherine at Portland Opera, and then Beatrice for Pittsburgh Opera.


A frequent performer in concerts and recitals, Ann recently made her cabaret debut in Roosevelt Island in New York in a program entitled "J'ai deux amours...Un Cabaret Artistique." Earlier, she took part in a program entitled “Paris, Boulanger and Jazz” at the Bard Music Festival.

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