ANQWENIQUE WINGFIELD is an extremely versatile vocalist and teaching artist specializing in opera, classical music, jazz and soul. Anqwenique has performed lead operatic roles such as Magda Sorel in Carl Menotti’s The Consul, Hanna Glawari in Franz Lehar’s The Merry Widow and Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Anqwenique sang the role of Francie/Frankie in the world premier of new opera Mercy Train composed by Doug Levine and libretto by Julie Tosh. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Voice Performance from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Ms. Wingfield is also the founder and director of Groove Aesthetic, a Pittsburgh based multidisciplinary artist collective experimenting with contemporary performance and collaborative processes. This work inspired collaboration with nationally acclaimed composer Daniel Bernard Roumain and literary artist Yona Harvey that produced a new work titled On the Edge of Night, a 5-movement song cycle for soprano, string trio and percussion. This work was premiered at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater and also performed at Emory University in Atlanta at the Schwartz Fine Arts Center. In 2015 Anqwenique joined creative team Anthony Williams and Billy Wayne Coakley in the development, production and performance of new work Loving Black, serving as composer, music director and actor.
In 2015 Ms. Wingfield was recognized as one of Whirl Magazine’s 13 under 30, individuals who epitomize the evolving professional landscape in Pittsburgh, representing a variety of fields and backgrounds. Her dedication to community was featured in the Heinz Endowments’ h Magazine for her work with Gwen’s Girls. She also assisted Kelly Strayhorn Theater in their yearly fundraising campaign, sharing her story as an emerging artist in Pittsburgh. In 2014 Anqwenique was nominated for the Carol R. Brown Award as an Emerging Artist and 2013 she was recognized as one of the New Pittsburgh Courier’s Fab40 under 40.
Anqwenique has been very active in the arts and education community as teaching artist, consultant, program manager and advisor. She has worked passionately with youth of all ages in the greater Pittsburgh area. As the Education Director of Pittsburgh Festival Opera, she oversees early childhood programs both in schools and communities. Ms. Wingfield is Vice-President of the Board of Directors for Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse and is the Studio Manager at BOOM Concepts.