Grand Finale, Merola Opera Program: August 17, 2019

@ Kristen Loken

“The stars in a program … often found the women commanding the spotlight. Soprano Anna Dugan even double-dipped, with superb and shapely excerpts from Strauss’ “Der Rosenkavalier”… and from Barber’s “Vanessa””
– Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle

“Dugan … managed to ride over the orchestra and emerged unscathed. Her voice sounded full and glorious, and she looked dazzling in bright red gown.”
– Michael Anthonio, Parterre

“Among the ‘cant miss’ category I noted … soprano Anna Dugan … Next came an excerpt from Samuel BarberVanessa, gorgeously sung by soprano Anna Dugan [who] even held [her] own against a full-out fortissimo from the orchestra!”
– James Roy MacBean, The Berkeley Daily Planet


Schwabacher Summer Concert, Merola Opera Program: July 11 – 13, 2019

“Rounding out the evening in splendid fashion was a lengthy excerpt of most of the last act of Verdi’s Il trovatore. Here soprano Anna Dugan truly came into her own as Leonora. Dugan’s voice is a richly colored soprano with a full-bodied mid-range combined with spot-on high notes. Dramatically, Dugan sang with great intensity, skillfully embodying all the conflicting emotions Leonora goes through as she tries to save the life of her beloved Manrico.”
– James Roy MacBean, The Berkeley Daily Planet


 

 

The Dangerous Liaisons, Manhattan School of Music: December 9 – 13, 2015

 

 

 

@CarolRosegg

“Anna Dugan, a second-year master’s student at MSM, is an extraordinary young soprano. Dugan gave a thrilling, sophisticated performance as the cunning, trenchant Madame de Merteuil. From her first entrance, Dugan’s regal presence and laser focus commanded attention. Even when she was seated behind a scrim, waiting for her next pounce, it was impossible not to watch her. Her pliant soprano, as powerful in her chesty low register as in her creamy middle and top, was matched by exemplary diction. But it was the way Dugan fully inhabited the role that was so riveting. Every emotion and undercurrent of subtext played across her face with effortless transparency, and she never seemed to be uttering words other than her own.”
– Joanne Sydney Lessner, Opera News

“The soprano Anna Dugan sang the wicked Madame de Merteuil with haughty relish, and was powerful in her final scene of defiance.”
– Zachary Woolfe, The New York Times

 “Anna Dugan is wicked but charming as Madame Merteuil, the most determined and talented player of the game.  We do not know, of course, until the opera’s conclusion, that she will dominate.  Along the way, as she lofts arias, ensemble singing and recitatives, Dugan subtly makes her case, as revolting as it is.”
– Susan Hall, Berkshire Fine Arts

“Soprano Anna Dugan had the leading role of the Marquise de Merteuil, the Glenn Close role in the movie, originally played by Frederica von Stade in the opera.  She was fantastic, had great noble carriage and a haughty manner, and sang like a dream.  She’s got the whole package, she’s someone to watch.”
– Christopher Ryan, Diva Mensch

“‘Dangerous Liaisons’ concerns Madame de Merteuil, a role […] played here by Anna Dugan, coolly dignified and singing in a colorful, tangy soprano, and Vicomte de Valmont, […] They’re equally masterful at fun and games that far outstrip those played in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and make wagers as cruel as the one in ‘Così Fan Tutte,’ but it is Merteuil who, like Lady Macbeth, emerges as the stronger one”
– Bruce Michael Gelbert, [Q] on Stage

“Most also delivered the text clearly, especially the leading partners in conniving: the splendidly capable Anna Dugan (Merteuil), gifted at word painting…”
– David Shengold, Gay City News


CD: The Dangerous Liaisons, Albany Records

“The gifted Anna Dugan sings Merteuil with a rich, well-developed [soprano], a deftly deployed chest voice, and mature self-possession.”
– Joshua Rosenblum, Opera News 


Center Stage Concert, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis: June 24, 2015

“Other singers who particularly caught my ear and eye on Tuesday night included soprano Anna Dugan as Donna Elvira from “Don Giovanni,…”
– Sarah Bryan Miller, St. Louis Post-Dispatch