Anne & Jim Fuchs

Anne Fuchs

A quick study and highly versatile performer, soprano Anne Fuchs has sung throughout the United States and abroad. She is currently based in South Bend, Indiana, where she performs regularly with the South Bend Lyric Opera in title roles such as Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor and Adina in L’elisir d’amore. Anne is also on the voice faculty at Indiana University’s South Bend campus, where she maintains a voice studio dedicated to vocal flexibility and freedom of expression.

Anne made her professional European debut in 2012 when she stepped in on three days’ notice as Papagena in Die Zauberflöte with the Oldenburgisches Staatstheater. She was asked to reprise the role throughout the remaining season and was then engaged in Oldenburg as a guest artist for the 2013 -2014 season, performing playful roles such as Ida and Adele (cover) in Die Fledermaus.

Anne has performed leading opera and crossover roles at the Lyric Opera Studio of Weimar, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, the Delaware Valley Philharmonic Orchestra, the Queens Opera Association, Sinfonietta Nova, Rising Star Singers, the Lexington Opera Society, Westminster Opera Theater, the University of Kentucky Opera Theater, and has performed in the ensemble of the Opera Company of Philadelphia. She was a member of and featured soloist with the Grammy-winning new music ensemble The Crossing, led by former Lyric Opera of Chicago chorusmaster, Donald Nally. Anne has been granted awards by the American Prize Competition, the Philadelphia Lieder Society, Classical Singer magazine, the National Federation of Music Clubs, the National Association of Teachers of Singers, and most notably, the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, of which she was a regional finalist at the age of 20.

Anne was trained by Metropolitan Opera sopranos Gail Robinson, Sharon Sweet, and Edda Moser. She holds a Master of Music from Westminster Choir College and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Kentucky.

Jim Fuchs

Accordionist Jim Fuchs began his musical studies as a teenager. The son of German and Austrian immigrants, Jim fell in love with the accordion and pursued his studies vigorously, performing in numerous accordion competitions and recitals.

As a young adult, Jim put his accordion away for approximately 20 years to develop his skills as a guitarist to lead his parish’s Folk Group ensemble in Monroe, New York. Following his family’s move to Indiana, Jim’s daughter Anne asked him to pick up his accordion again to perform in the Mishawaka Heritage Festival. Jim’s love of the instrument was rekindled and he has spent the past five years performing actively in the Michiana area in his father-daughter duo, JukeFox, at venues ranging from beer halls to concert halls (and everything in between)! Jim is a student of prominent accordion enthusiast and performer, Joe Natoli. He is also a trained perfumer and serves as a deacon at St. Thomas Church in Elkhart.

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