Praised by OperaNews as "a warm, elegant mezzo," Tascha Anderson originally hails from Helena, Montana and has also been esteemed as “emotionally rich” and “a brassy mezzo with flair.”
An advocate of contemporary music and new opera enthusiast, Tascha premiered the role of Pamela Yusupov in Evan Mack’s Roscoe with Albany Symphony Orchestra 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.”
Last October, The Boston Globe celebrated Tascha as Jacqueline in Gounod's Le médicin malgré lui, with Odyssey Opera, and The Boston Music Intelligencer revered her as "vivacious, lively and energetic."
This Spring, Tascha made her company debut with Encompass New Opera Theatre, appearing in American Opera Projects' Page to Stage concert at The National Opera Center. In July, she will make her company debut with Charlottesville Opera as she revisits the title role in The Tragedy of Carmen. In September, she will make her company and role debut as Candelas in Manuel de Falla's El amor brujo, with Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra.
Tascha spent her 2017/2018 season as a Resident Artist with Tri-Cities Opera, where she made role debuts as both Older Alyce in Tom Cipullo's Glory Denied and as the title role in The Tragedy of Carmen. While with TCO, she also premiered Ellen Fishman's Marie Begins, as part of the New Works Forum at Opera America in January 2018. During the summer of 2017, she made her company debut with Chautauqua Opera with the role of Pastore 4 in Respighi's realization of Monteverdi's L'Orfeo, under the baton of the celebrated maestro, Steven Osgood.
A versatile singer in both opera and concert repertoire, Tascha recently appeared with with Minnesota Bach Ensemble as the alto soloist in BWV 88 and the alto soloist in Respighi's Il tramonto with Boston's Symphony Nova. In the spring of 2017, while building on a continued relationship with composer Evan Mack, she visited the role of Dorothy Stang in a concert version of his first opera, Angel of the Amazon, in conjunction with The Sisters of Notre Dame, in both Dayton and Nashville. Their tour continues, and most recently appeared in front of the Capitol Building in the U.S. Botanical Garden, in Washington D.C.
Tascha can be heard on several recordings, including Michael Dellaria’s The Leopard as the Princess, a project that was produced by American Opera Projects. She’s 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. Most recently, she appears on Boston Modern Orchestra Project's recording of Haroun and the Sea of Stories, as one of the Birds, which was also a Boston premiere.
Equally as comfortable in the Musical Theater repertoire, Tascha made her company debut with Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre during the summer of 2018 as Florinda in their production of Into the Woods. She has also performed the comic roles of Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn in The Music Man, and Petra in A Little Night Music. Ms. Anderson has an extensive background and training in classical dance, and still enjoys dancing ballet, jazz, modern, hip-hop/house, and theater dance, both on and off the stage.
Other notable role credits include Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Isabella (L’Italiana in Algeri), Mother Goose (The Rake’s Progress), Flora (La traviata), Lady in Waiting (Macbeth), Bianca (The Rape of Lucretia), Mrs. Pasek (The Cunning Little Vixen), and Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus).
In 2015, Tascha 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. When she's not performing, she can be found anywhere outdoors enjoying nature, and the sun, with special emphasis on a love for the mountains.