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Sylvia Anderson, mezzo and dramatic soprano from Denver, Colorado, earned an M.M. at the Eastman School of Music and was granted a Fulbright Stipend to Cologne, Germany, where she received a Postgraduate Diploma in voice and opera. There she began a career that brought her to the major opera houses of Europe, South America and the United States. She is remembered especially for her Octavian and Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier as well as the title roles in Carmen, Arabella, Tosca and Salome, each of which she sang over 100 times. In the United States she sang at the San Francisco Opera, the Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C., the New York City Opera and Santa Fe Opera, among others. She sang in Berlin, Hamburg, Dusseldorf, Stuttgart, Frankfurt and Saarbrucken, as well as Zurich, Toulouse, Vienna, Amsterdam, Brussels, Moscow, Warsaw, Trieste and Tehran. She sang four years with the Salzburg and Bayreuth festivals, and was Orff's Antigone at the Greek Festival in Athens. Returning from Europe in 1990, she accepted a full-time position at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and has helped many successful singers pursue careers in the United States and abroad. Anderson is founder of the Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute.

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