Anita Protich is a soprano whose unique and agile voice has been heard in operatic, concert and recital appearances throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. She is winner of the Los Angeles Phi Beta Theta Award, a Pasadena Opera Guild Winner and is a Metropolitan Opera Audition Regional Winner and National Finalist. Her list of masterclass teachers and mentors included Jess Thomas, Sir Richard Bonynge, Joan Dornemann, Mignon Dunn, Gundula Janowitz, Evelyn Lear, Sherrill Milnes, Martial Singher and Nico Castel.
Ms. Protich’s beautiful spinto voice has been heard in the heroine roles of operas such as Il Trovatore, Aida, Ballo in Maschera, Attila, Der Rosenkavalier, Lohengrin, Die Walküre, and Tristan und Isolde. She was particularly honored to sing with Dame Joan Sutherland in Dame Joan’s final appearances as Bellini’s Norma with Opera Pacific and Michigan Opera Theatre. She also was privileged to sing the role of Sister Prejean in the American opera Dead Man Walking, a special performance led by the composer Jake Heggie at the keyboard. European and Asian audiences have been thrilled by her performances during her concert/operatic tours of Germany, Austria, Turkey, Greece, Italy, Ukraine, Croatia and Thailand.
Miss Protich has been featured with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony, and as featured soloist with the Claremont, Mountainside, Pacific, Saddleback, and Orange Chorales. Her most recent performances of note were recitals for the Pacific Standard Time Project's Émigrés and Experimentalists: Music in Los Angeles in the 1930s and 1940s presented by the J. Paul Getty Museum and LA Opera. In 2018, she was featured performing Beethoven's epic concert aria, "Ah, perfido!" with the Pasadena Community Orchestra, and as part of the Villa-Lobos International Chamber Music Festival in Southern California she performed the complete Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 with the Unicamp Cello Ensemble at Pasadena's Boston Court.
In 2020 (just before the pandemic) she appeared at music@mimoda performing the world premiere of "Assim contava o Baiá "(So spoke the Baiá) by Brazilian composer Ricardo Tacuchian. She made a repeat appearance, this time having the supreme privilege of singing the original version of the Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 Cantilena with a 16-cello ensemble made up of cellists from the southland, Sao Paulo, Brazil and with distinguished guest cellists Lars Hoefs, Joon Sung Jun, David Chew, and Armen Ksajikian,
Residing in Los Angeles, Anita extends her range of vocalism to using her voice for film, and television. Her credits include the Warner Bros. film “Kangaroo Jack” and independent films “Distance” and “Dogs.” She has sung for commercials for Teac, Honda (a national commercial which premiered during Super Bowl), and Mazda and her voice can be heard in the animation series "Veggie Tales: Larry Boy The Cartoon Adventures" and for "Kid Notorious."
Her next project will be singing Mahler's powerful and poignant Kindertotenlieder in remembrance of children who have perished at the hands of violence and pestilence. Performance dates and details to be announced as Covid protocols allow.
© 2013 Anita Protich