Interdisciplinary Vocal Artist
Anna Bigland-Pritchard is a queer soprano, singer-songwriter, music director, communicator, and vocal instructor. Interested in the intersection of climate justice, decolonization, community-building, intersectional feminism, queerness, and the performing arts, Anna is passionate about using whatever medium possible to empower creative, inspiring, and resonant communities. Anna grew up in Bristol, England, and rural Saskatchewan. She currently lives in lək̓ʷəŋən territory, where she studies with Nancy Argenta.
Anna received 2 grants from Canada Council of the Arts in 2022 - a professional development grant, and a significant Concept-Realization grant. This project is an experimental opera film, exploring music by Debussy through a queer and ecological lens. The project is in collaboration with pianist Alex Chen.
Recent performance highlights include performing Debussy at Victoria Pride on the main stage, singing Eve in Haydn's The Creation with the Victoria Philharmonic Choir, and being part of a team selected to participate in Lucky Penny Opera Company's 48 Hour Opera Project, in which Anna's team Lake and Ocean Opera won the audience favourite award for their opera entitled "how are you?"
Anna has a BMus from Canadian Mennonite University, and a Post-baccelaureate Diploma in Performance from the University of Manitoba. Recent operatic role studies include Zdenka, Despina, Juliet (Gounod), and Anne Page. Just prior to the pandemic, Anna Music Directed feminist theatre group Pocket Frock’s production of Romeo and Julliet, and BachStreet’s Christmas Spectacular. Anna was the 2018-2020 Artist in Residence at Bethel Mennonite Church, and has won the J. Orville Derraugh Memorial Recital Scholarship, and the Verna Mae Janzen Music Competition.
Anna runs a private voice studio Hummingbird Music Studio: Singing for Self-care, is studying to become an Expressive Arts Therapist, co-directs comedic classical music ensemble BachStreet (Winnipeg), and also works in digital marketing and communications.
A versatile vocalist, Anna performs not only as a classical soprano, but also as a musical theatre singer-actor, and singer-songwriter.