Steiger, Anna, American soprano; b. Los Angeles, Feb. 13, 1960. She studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London (1977–83), the National Opera Studio (1985–86), and with Vera Rozsa and Irmgard Seefried. She won the Sir Peter Pears Award in 1982, the Richard Tauber Prize in 1984, and the John Christie Award in 1985. In 1984 she made her operatic debut with Opera 80 as Dorabella. In 1985 she sang Micaëla with the Glyndebourne Touring Opera, and in 1986 she made her Glyndebourne Festival debut as Poppea. She sang Musetta at Opera North in Leeds in 1986. In 1987 she returned to Glyndebourne to create the role of Sashka in thepremiere of Osborne’s The Electrification of the Soviet Union. Following her debut as a Flower Maiden in Parsifal at London’s Covent Garden in 1987, she portrayed Kristine in The Makropulos Affair at the English National Opera in London in 1989. In 1989 she also sang Weill’s Jenny in Los Angeles, and in 1990 Ravel’s Conception at the N.Y.C. Opera and Despina at the Netherlands Opera in Amsterdam. In 1994 she appeared in Verdi’s Un Giorno di Regno at the Dorset Opera. She is the daughter of the acclaimed actor Rod Steiger.
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