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Quinn Patrick Ankrum

Quinn Patrick AnkrumThe American mezzo soprano Quinn Patrick Ankrum regularly receives acclaim for the sweet purity and strength of a lyric voice enhanced by a sizzling coloratura facility and combined with an engagingly sincere personality in a wide variety of repertoire spanning the centuries from Claudio Monteverdi to John Harbison. 

During the last several seasons, Dr. Ankrum has joined the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra for Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (May 2013) and Handel's Messiah (December 2013), the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra for another Messiah (December 2013), the National Orchestra of Mexico for Bach's Mass in b Minor (June 1012), and the Winter Park Bach Festival for Magnificat (February 2012).  She made her debuts with the Dallas Opera and the Houston Symphony Orchestra in 2011.  In past seasons she has performed around the United States, including at Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York.   Also a proponent of contemporary music, Dr. Ankrum has recently given chamber recitals of new music at the University of Oklahoma at Norman (March 2013), and at Texas Tech University's New Music Festival (April 2013).  She premiered John Harbison's latest chamber work Crossroads at Texas Tech University last September.  Demonstrating her versatility, she followed the Harbison premiere with her first Nerone in Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea with Texas Tech University Music Theatre (April 2014).  2014-15 takes her to the opera, recital, concert, and chamber music stages as she collaborates with musicians and orchestras in Missouri, Texas, New York, Florida, Kansas, Paris (France), and Oban (Scotland).

In recent seasons, Ms. Ankrum sang the title role in La Cenerentola with the Lyric Opera of Jacksonville, Maddalena in Rigoletto with Nickel City Opera of Buffalo, and was the soloist in Brahms’s Alto Rhapsody with conductor Joseph Flummerfelt in Rochester, New York.  She reprised the Alto Rhapsody recently with conductor Karl Dent and the Matador Singers in Lubbock, Texas.  She recently gave performances of Messiah with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, where she returned after making her Elijah debut with Maestro Robert Page and the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh in 2008.  Other recent highlights include a residency with the Florestan Recital Project for a week of teaching and performing, Messiah with the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus, Candide with the Mansfield Symphony, and her return to Mercury Opera Rochester as Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia.  This was her third appearance with Mercury Opera, having performed the roles of Zerlina in Don Giovanni (2008) and Beppe in the company’s inaugural production, L’Amico Fritz.  Recently she made her Lincoln Center début with The National Chorale singing Copland’s In the Beginning and Beethoven’s Symphony No 9, and her début with the Jacksonville Symphony under the baton of Fabio Mechetti. She made her Carnegie Hall début in Mozart’s “Coronation” Mass and a rare performance of Brusa’s Missa "Pro Defunctis" with the New England Symphonic Ensemble.

A native of Texas, Dr. Ankrum received Bachelor of Music and Master of Arts in Teaching degrees at Trinity University in San Antonio and a Master of Music degree at the University of Colorado at Boulder, followed by participation in the Glimmerglass Opera Young American Artists Program (1998 and 1999), and the Baltimore Opera Studio (2000).  She completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Eastman School of Music in 2010, where she was the third place Winner in the 2007 Friends of Eastman Opera Competition.  She was a National Finalist and second place Winner in the 2006 National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Awards Competition, a Metropolitan Opera Auditions Regional Finalist in 1998 and 1999 where she won Violette J. McCarthy and Spencer Foundation Awards, a Finalist in the 1998 Denver Lyric Opera Guild Competition, and a Finalist in the 1997 National Society of Arts and Letters Voice Competition.  She currently resides with her family in Lubbock, Texas, where she serves on the voice faculty of Texas Tech University.

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