Ann Cravero, acclaimed mezzo-soprano recitalist and soloist, has been heard on stages in Italy, China, and throughout the United States including repeat performances at Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall. She has performed in master classes with Frederica von Stade and Michèle Crider, and coached with soprano Cheryl Studer. She participated, as an apprentice artist for the Des Moines Metro Opera, recitalist with Festivale Cantus Angeli in Italy, is the district winner of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Award competition, and recipient of honorable mention for the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Audition. She is the recipient of the Donald Walker Vocal Scholarship for outstanding vocal achievement at the University of Iowa, and receiver of outstanding academic achievement in the field of Music Education from Bradley University, and winner of the Bradley University Piano Concerto Competition.
Ann Cravero has performed lead opera roles in with the Martha-Ellen Tye Opera Theatre at the University of Iowa, the Northland Opera Theatre, and the Rome Festival Opera in Rome, Italy. Dr. Cravero is the Director of the Drake Opera Theatre, and has directed with the City Opera Company of the Quad Cities, and a one-act opera at the University of Iowa under the tutelage of director Sally Stunkel.
Highly sought after for her interpretation of New Music, Dr. Cravero has performed with the Center for New Music in Iowa City, IA, including performances of works by Scott Dunn, Geoffrey Gordon, Bernard Rands, and Raffaele Grimaldi. Cravero also coached with Stephen Paulus and soloed two performances of his work, To Be Certain of the Dawn. In the fall of 2009 she was commissioned by the Iowa Composers’ Forum to tour IA with pianist Miko Kominami, and also premiered works for ICF in 2015. Ann has been seen on RAI TV in Italy and frequently broadcasted on Iowa Public Radio. Likewise, her doctoral thesis, Contemporary Opera Scenes for Countertenor: A Stage Director’s Guide, includes new research and commentary based on operatic works by Stewart Wallace, Jeffrey Lependorf, David Johnson, Paul Barker, and one of the foremost composers of countertenor repertoire, Geoffrey Burgon. Dr. Cravero’s current research endeavor hopes to draw awareness to the vocal education of students on the Autistic Spectrum: Exceptional Students in the Voice Studio: Understanding and Training Students with Asperger’s Syndrome.
Dr. Cravero is Associate Professor of Voice and Opera at Drake University. Her voice students-in all degree programs- are active participants and winners of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition, the Drake University Honors Recital and Concerto Competitions, and have been accepted into prestigious programs and Graduate Schools such as the Roosevelt University, Boston Conservatory, AIMS in Graz, the International Lyric Academy Italy, Sing in China! Beijing, the Aspen Festival, Oberlin in Italy, Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, and FIO Americas Brazil. Ann recently released an album of duets with soprano Camelia Voin and pianist Nicholas Roth (‘Endless Noise’ Studio) in Santa Monica, CA.
Dr. Cravero holds the Doctor of Musical Arts and Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Iowa, and a Bachelor of Music Education with emphasis on Piano and Voice from Bradley University. Her teachers include Dr. Kerry Walters, Elizabeth Ecklund, Emma Small, Dr. Kathryn Eberle, Stephen Swanson, Sally Stunkel (directing) and Dr. Edward Kaizer (piano). Dr. Cravero resides in West Des Moines with her husband Anthony, children Dominic and Marisa, and their dog, Luca. Recent performances include solo engagements with the Lyric Symphony Orchestra, CA; The Bach Festival, IL; The Alexander and Buono Festival, Italy; The Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra; Paulus’ ‘To Be Certain of the Dawn’ at the Overture Center, Wisconsin; and The Center for New Music, Iowa City.