Praised by Opera News as "a warm, elegant mezzo,” Tascha Anderson originally hails from Montana and has also been esteemed as “emotionally rich,” “a brassy mezzo with flair,” "vivacious," and "a wild one."
Ms. Anderson recently made her debut with the Oratorio Society of Richmond, portraying the role of Daniel in Händel’s Susanna. She also had the privilege of performing excerpts from the show on NPR, during the week of the performance. Next up, Ms. Anderson will join the company of Holland America/Princess Cruise Lines in an original musical entitled The Music of Denali, in Alaska. This production was originally scheduled for summer 2020, but has been postponed to the company's 2021 season, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
UpAn advocate of new American opera and modern classical music, Ms. Anderson created the role of Pamela in Evan Mack’s Roscoe, which had its first premiere at Seagle Music Colony in 2016. Ms. Anderson later reprised her role in a concert with Albany Symphony, where she sang alongside soprano Deborah Voigt. During this performance, The Times Union regarded her as “a standout.” Building on a strong working relationship with Mr. Mack, she has since toured his first opera, Angel of the Amazon, throughout the country.
Last January, Ms. Anderson performed with the Grammy Award Winning Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) in the Boston premiere and recording of Haroun and the Sea of Stories, which is one of several new music recordings on which she has been featured. Shortly after, Ms. Anderson made her debut with Encompass New Opera Theatre, reprising her role in excerpts from Mack's Angel of the Amazon. This performance was part of a concert at the National Opera Center sponsored by American Opera Projects.
With an extensive background in dance training, 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), as well as having appeared as featured ensemble in many others. Broadway World described Ms. Anderson's dancing as Succubus in The Mystery of Edwin Drood as "magical."
Notable recent credits and favorite roles include the title role in The Tragedy of Carmen with Tri-Cities Opera and Charlottesville Opera, Florinda in Into the Woods with Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre, Pastore 4 in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo with Chautauqua Opera, 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 a "present, well-honed, and agile mezzo."
Last fall, Ms. Anderson enthusiastically made her debut with the Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra in New York, performing Candelas in Manuel De Falla’s masterpiece El amor brujo. The Glens Falls Chronicle praised Tascha's "fiery drama and dusk-edged mezzo vocals."
Ms. Anderson holds an M.M. in Voice Performance from The Boston Conservatory, and a B.A. with music emphasis in Voice Performance from Pepperdine University. When she's not performing, Tascha takes pride in her nomadic off-grid (solar-powered) lifestyle living in a camper on the road full time with her partner Michael Gray and their dog, Wolf. She can usually be found anywhere outdoors enjoying the sun and nature, especially in the Rocky Mountains.
Tascha lives a proud, minimalist, unconventional life off-grid. To read more about Tascha's journey, read her personal biography, below. Additionally, follow along on her YouTube channel, as she and her partner Michael create videos explaining off-grid life and offering tutorials.