A Michigan native and third-year Ryan Opera Center member, the soprano holds a master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Her performances there included Fiordiligi/ Così fan tutte, Boonyi/Jack Perla’s new opera Shalimar the Clown (studio production), and soprano soloist/ Brahms’s German Requiem. She earned her bachelor of music degree at Oakland University (Rochester, Michigan), where she was heard as Despina/Così fan tutte, Nella/Gianni Schicchi, and soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass. Toomey portrayed Gabrielle/La rondine at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis while participating in the 2015 Gerdine Young Artist program. She was a 2016 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions national semifinalist and an award recipient in the 2015 Corbett Opera Scholarship Competition at UCC-CM. Toomey has appeared at the Grant Park Music Festival and with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Last season she performed alongside tenor Lawrence Brownlee in the Harris Theater’s “Beyond the Aria” recital series. Ann Toomey is sponsored by The Susan and Richard P. Kiphart Family, Richard O. Ryan, and Richard W. Shepro and Lindsay E. Roberts.
Previously at Lyric: Four roles since 2016|17, most recently Fifth Maid/Elektra, Musetta/La bohème (both 2018|19); “Celebrating 100 Years of Bernstein” (2017|18).
Last updated: February 2, 2019