Ann Hoyt Wazelle - Soprano

"Ann Hoyt, in particular, who sings soprano solos on most of the earlier recordings, is fully the equal of most of the much better known soloists on earlier sets. Her somewhat boy-like purity of tone and her sensitivity to the text and musical line are worth returning to over and over again. Maybe she is helped a little by the recording - it is difficult to judge the size of her voice as recorded - but the effect as it is presented here is stunning." 
                                                                                       John Sheppard, Music Web International

As Marie in the world premiere of O Pioneers! at UMSL with husband, tenor Tommy Wazelle as Emil.  O Pioneers! is a new opera written by composer Barbara Harbach and librettist Jonathan Yordy based on the Willa Cather novel.  The opera was conducted by Scott Schoonover and directed by Mark Meier.

As Valencienne in The Merry Widow,  August 2009, conducted b Scott Schoonover and directed by Jolly Stewart at Union Avenue Opera.

Originally from Menomonie, Wisconsin Ann has been living and working in New York City since 1994.  Equally at home on the operatic or musical theater stage, Ann is also an accomplished recital and oratorio artist and has collaborated with Rebel Baroque Orchestra, Union Avenue Opera in St. Louis, Venice Baroque Orchestra and Trinity Church Wall Street.  Critically acclaimed performances include Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro in which she was reviewed as the definitive Susanna, Musetta in La Bohéme, Despina in Cosí fan Tutte and Rosina in Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia.  Of her performance as the title role in Carlisle Floyd's Susannah one reviewer exclaimed, "Ann Hoyt is blessed with a magnificent voice, with superb control in all ranges, from the softest whisper to the strongest fortissimo. This, together with her beauty and natural charm and ease on stage, make it very likely that Miss Hoyt will go far indeed.  Miss Hoyt is grace incarnate. Her song to the stars, "Ain't it a Pretty Night", is sung like an angel."

Other roles include Venus in John Blow's Venus and Adonis and Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas.  One St. Louis reviewer said " Ann Hoyt as Dido, adds another to her list of triumphs on the Union Avenue stage. Her voice, silvery and clear, is perfect for this role." In George Antheil's Venus in Africa, Opera News called Ms. Hoyt's Venus "vocally, visually and dramatically stunning".  Ann has also performed numerous concerts at the historic Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts.  She can be heard on both the Naxos and Hänssler record labels.  Ann is the Chair of the Vocal Department at NYC’s 92Y School of Music. She conducts the 92Y Glee Clubs, the Summer Vocal Institute, Karaoke Unplugged and many more. Ann has been on the voice faculty for 16 years.  
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