Morgana, played by soprano Anna Slate, radiated a contagious delight. She championed the show’s comedic elements with her insatiable but winningly naïve sexual appetite. Slate’s recitatives flowed easily and idiomatically, neither overly spoken nor sung. Her Morgana had a sympathetic core that remained throughout the character’s journey to self-knowledge.
Anna Slate (she/her) is a New England-based singer, actor, writer, performance artist and educator known for “combining superb theatrical instincts and expressive body language with bright, enchanting vocal gifts” (San Francisco Chronicle). Raised in the 'burbs of Connecticut, Anna’s core aesthetic lies at the intersection of hairy feminism, J.crew cardigans, meditation retreats and Jewish neurosis. From Baroque opera, musical theater and cantoring for a Synagogue, to developing a one-woman show about body hair, Anna’s diverse performance career demonstrates a commitment to unveiling radical human truths… ideally while making you laugh. Or cry. Or laughcry.
When not on stage Anna can be found making music & art with kiddos, biking the streets of Providence, RI, observing insects,
or settling into her inevitable fate as “pre-professional beach bum.”
theater & opera
Most recently, Anna portrayed Ayelet in NC Stage’s Handle with Care and earlier that year played dual roles in both Charlotte’s Web and It Didn’t Happen. Anna has performed as Luisa (The Fantasticks), Anne Egerman (A Little Night Music), Alice (Alice Unwrapped), and has originated & workshopped multiple roles with companies throughout NYC.
In the world of Western classical music, Anna has collaborated with such wonderful artists & companies as John Harbison, Libby Larsen, Alan Curtis, Drew Minter, Susanne Mentzer, Heartbeat Opera, OperaRox, and Berkeley West Edge Opera. A soloist of oratorio and art song, Anna attended SongFest in 2014 as a prestigious Marc and Eva Stern Fellow. Anna holds a BA in Vocal Performance from University of Wisconsin-Madison.
deviser & creator
As a creator, collaborator, & performance artist, Anna’s artistic voice is influenced by early formative experiences: discovering the joy of rigorous classical art forms (opera & ballet), inhabiting the earnest soulfulness of a religious upbringing (Jew), developing a love of linguistic precision passed down by a journalistic editor of a father (also Jew), and filling the void of self worth with alternating comedy & healing (BuJew). Recent projects include Lilium, a meditation on Hildegard von Bingen with dancer Isabel Bowser, HerSuit, a solo work on Anna’s relationship to hirsutism, and experimental music duo, Scarvves, with Isabel Castellvi. Primary teachers and influences include Meredith Monk, Shannan Calcutt, Judy Gold, and Tara Brach.