(Born December 30, 1952)
June Anderson is a celebrated American coloratura soprano.
Originally known for her bel canto performances in operas by Rossini, Donizetti, Bellini she has extended her repertoire to include a wide variety of other roles, including those from the Russian repertoire and the operas of Richard Strauss.
She has performed in all the great houses including La Scala, Covent Garden, La Fenice, Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago and Colón Theater.
She has also worked with leading conductors and singers like Leonard Bernstein, James Levine, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Seiji Ozawa, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Kent Nagano and Michael Tilson Thomas, Luciano Pavarotti, Alfredo Kraus, Plácido Domingo, José Carreras, Carlo Bergonzi and Roberto Alagna.
June Anderson has won Grammy Awards and is also a "Commandeur" of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres" awarded by the French Government.
Her professional debut at the New York City Opera in the role of the Queen of the Night in Mozart's The Magic Flute was in 1978. In this role her voice was later used by Milos Forman in the movie of Armedeus.
Thereafter while at New York City Opera, she sang in a wide range of operas including The Golden Cockerel by Rimsky-Korsakov, Rigoletto, La Traviata, Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Giulio Cesare, and Mozart's Don Giovanni ( Elvira).
In 1981, she became the first soprano since Beverly Sills to sing all three lead soprano roles in Les Contes d'Hoffmann.
In 1982 she left New York City Opera and embarked on a European career. It marked a decade of numerous debuts in many of the great bel canto roles many of which she recorded
Sherill Milnes recommended her to an Italian agent which lead to a performance debut of Rossini's Semiramide in Rome in 1982
In 1983 she debuted in Florence and Geneva in the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor a part which became one of her signature roles
She also sang Bellini's I Puritani in Edmonton and Il Barbiere di Siviglia in Seattle.
In 1984 she performed her first Anina in La Sonnambula in Venice and Marie in La Fille du Régiment in Parma.
In 1985 in Paris she debuted as Isabelle in Robert le Diable by Meyerbeer and in that same year she also appeared in Verdi's rarely performed La Battaglia di Legnano, in Pittsburgh.
In 1986 she played her first Desdemona in Rossini's Otello in Venice and also made her la Scala debut in La Sonnambula. At Covent Garden she made her debuts in Semiramide and Lucia di Lammermoor and at the Opéra-Comique in Paris more "La Fille's du Regiment".
It was also there that she played Elvira in Bellini's I Puritani in 1987 and at the Paris Opera she gave a recital with Alfredo Kraus. These were just some of the many highlights that started a remarkable career.
Performances at Carnegie Hall with the Opera Orchestra of New York garnered rave reviews and cheering and stomping by the audience in 1988.
In 1989 she finally made her long-awaited debut at the Metropolitan Opera as Gilda in Rigoletto with Luciano Pavarotti again earning her rave reviews.
July 1989 saw her participate in the now famous London concert version of Candide with Leonard Bernstein the composer, conducting, which won her a shared Grammy Award for best Classical Album.
In the next decade June Anderson continued to add further roles to her repertoire and in 1990 she played in an opulent Metropolitan Opera production with Marilyn Horne and Samuel Ramey of Rossini's Semiramide ending the year with a stunning New Year's Eve gala concert with Zubin Mehta and the New York Philharmonic broadcast nationwide on Live from Lincoln Center.
Since then her career has continued to blossum with many ongoing major highlights such as a "La Fille du Regiment" with Pavarotti in 1995 at the Met- a controversial "Lucia" in Paris with Roberto Alagna- to participating in the Gala celebrating James Levine's 25th Anniversary at the Metropolitan Opera, singing with Carlo Bergonzi in a selection from I Lombardi.
There was a first "Norma" in 1997 with the Lyric Opera of Chicago and a first Elvira in Verdi's Ernani in New York.
In 1998 she played her first Leonora in Il Trovatore at the Metropolitan Opera in a cast that included Dolora Zajick.
In recent years June Anderson has often returned to roles such as Lucia, Violetta, Anina and Norma while she continues to expand her repertoire with roles such as Anna Bolena, and principal roles in Rossini's Il Viaggio a Reims, Capriccio, Daphne, Lucrezia Borgia, Madame Lidoine in Dialogues des Carmelites and Salomé.
With numerous recordings to her credit she continues to be one of the most successful and celebrated artists on the opera stages today.