Pink Bubbles

After a short and unplanned audition at the Conservatoire Royal de Charleroi in Belgium, I was introduced to opera singing by the inspired voice teacher who decided to take me under her wing. I was 12 years old, and an entirely new world revealed itself to me. I then pursued my musical studies while earning an engineering master's degree. A 3-year-stop of programming and project management in the aerospace industry convinced me to resume my musical education and to sing again. That is the abbreviated story of my becoming a professional opera lead.

I started my career in France and moved to the USA after signing with an American agent. I appeared on the stages of Carnegie Hall, the Rockefeller Center and the Cutler Majestic theater. I performed recitals and operatic roles, including the title role in Bizet's Carmen.

Early in my musical career, I had the opportunity to collaborate on contemporary projects. They made me who I am and led me, little by little, to embrace the full-on creative I am today. 

Empty Theater
Northern Lights

"A world class transformative performance by Mezzo-soprano Anna Cley"
EastHampton & 27east
One Health Gala
August 2019, Hamptons, USA

"In the title role, mezzo Anna Cley portrayed the strong-willed gypsy with sensual and determined self-confidence; her acting showed absolute conviction with highly musical delivery of text."

The Boston Musical Intelligencer

Carmen

May 2019, Commonwealth Lyric Theater, Massachussets, USA

"To listen to and learn from Ms. Cley was a highly rewarding experience both for us and for the five excellent singers we heard. To set the tone for the class, Ms. Cley herself performed Debussy's "Nuit d'étoiles" far lovelier than we have ever heard it sung before. [...] We hope to attend more of Ms. Cley's upcoming master classes and urge all singer who sing in French to seek a place in her classes."

Voce di Meche

A la Française

December 2018, National Opera Center, NYC, USA

"The fair and slender Ms. Cley looks nothing like the gypsy Carmen so her performance of the "Habanera" succeeded brilliantly on the basis of vocalism alone and evoked huge applause. This is a dusky voice with the texture of a true mezzo, not just the voice of someone with low notes. She was similarly outstanding in the duet "Belle nuit" from Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann."

Voce di Meche

Prima Donnas in Concert at Carnegie Hall

December 2018, New York City, USA

 “The wonderful French mezzo-soprano Anna Cley gave a masterly masterclass at the American Opera Center. Ms. Cley began the evening singing "Les Berceaux" by Gabriel Fauré and set an example of exemplary singing for the five students she was about to work with. Ms. Cley has a beautiful, dark mezzo voice. [...] Each of [the singers] had made great progress from the teaching of Ms. Cley. At the end, she treated us all to her singing of the "Seguedilla" from Bizet’s Carmen. Her burnished mezzo voice made for a very sexy rendering of the aria.“

Ellen Godfrey for Voce di Meche 

A Masterly Masterclass at the National Opera Center

January 2019, National Opera Center, NYC, USA