Anne Harley

Anne Harley BA (Yale College); MMus (Boston University); Opera Certificate (Boston University Opera Institute); DMA (Boston University) is a prize-winning performer-scholar and an educator based in Claremont, CA. Born in Toronto, Anne Harley moved to the US to study comparative literature at Yale University and then to Boston, where she completed her doctorate in Historical Performance. She now specializes in performing challenging and ground-breaking compositions she commissions, as well as music from early oral and written traditions in Europe, America and Russia. Her ongoing project, Voices of the Pearl, commissions, performs and records new song cycles, setting texts by and about female esoteric master practitioners from all world traditions ( She has premiered, performed and recorded works by contemporary composers Evan Ziporyn, John Adams, Lee Hoiby, Louis Andriessen, Peter Eotvös and John Harbison, Jodi Goble, Christine Southworth, Moshe Shulman, Yii Kah Hoe and Chaipruck Mekara, among others. She performs in North America, Europe and Asia and has appeared as soloist with the American Repertory Theatre, Handel & Haydn Society, Boston Camerata, and at the Banff Centre for the Arts and at the Tanglewood Festival. The Boston Globe acclaimed Anne Harley’s performance in the American première of Peter Eotvos’s Angels in America as “vocally and dramatically outstanding.”

She is committed to intercultural and interdisciplinary collaborations. The Village Voice described her solo in the Boston Camerata’s American Shaker program for the Tero Saarinen Dance Company at Brooklyn Academy of Music as transmitting a “heart-wrenching purity.” In 2010, she starred in the world and US premières of Ziporyn’s opera A House in Bali, performing with gamelan, Bang-On-A-Can’s electrified classical ensemble, and Balinese traditional singers and dancers. She also regularly tours with the Tero Saarinen Dance Company of Finland and the Boston Camerata in their collaborative project Borrowed Light. The independent film about that project, entitled A Chair Fit for an Angel, won several film awards in 2014, including the Montreal International Film Festival, Massacusetts Independent Film Festival and the Document.Art Festival in Bucharest, Romania.

She is committed to scholarship in issues relating to interdisciplinary and intercultural comparative vocal pedagogy. She researches, performs and teaches regularly at several institutions of higher learning in the People’s Republic of China, and teaches and sings in Mandarin. In spring 2013 she was invited to a visiting professorship at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover, Germany, supported by the DAAD. Her solo performances are available on Hänssler Profil, Naxos, Sony Classics, Canteloupe, Musica Omnia, einKlang and BMOP/sound, Voices of the Pearl, among others. More information is available at