Cynthia Hanna

Cynthia Hanna


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2015Strauss R.: SalomeEin Page
2015Verdi: RequiemMezzo-soprano soloist
2015Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, Op. 125, D minorAlto soloist
2015Handel Utrecht Jubilate and Bach MagnificatAlto soloist
2015Higdon: Cold MountainClaire
2015Mahler: Das Lied von der ErdeAlto soloist
2015Tchaikovsky: IolantaLaura Adorno


Hailed by the Washington Post for her “bright, luminous mezzo-soprano of vast power and potential,” Cynthia Hanna joins Hawaii Opera Theater as Maddalena in Rigoletto and sings Bach’s Magnificat and Handel’s Utrecht Jubilate as a guest artist the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. Last season, she returned to Utah Symphony for Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and sang her first performances of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with the Seattle Youth Symphony in the 2014-15 season. She also joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera for the first time for the company’s new production of Iolanta and in the summer, was a Resident Artist at Santa Fe Opera, responsible for roles in Salome and Rigoletto.  She recently made her international operatic debut as Suzuki in Madama Butterfly at the Savonlinna Festival and subsequently returned to the company for roles in two world premieres: Joan of Arc in Free Will, composed by an international community online, and the Guard in Hakola’s La Fenice. She returned to Washington National Opera as the Page in Salome. As a former member of the company’s prestigious Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, she sang Dryade in Ariadne auf Naxos, of Mercedes in Carmen, Flora in La traviata in the company’s young artist production in addition to excerpts of the title role of Carmen in concerts at the Kennedy Center. Her other recent performances include Third Wood Nymph inRusalka with the Lyric Opera of Chicago; Meg Page in Falstaff with Utah Opera and Emerald City Opera; Suzuki in Madama Butterfly with Opera Grand Rapids; Emilia in Otello with Sarasota Opera; Maddalena in Rigoletto at the Reignwood Theater in Beijing; Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor with Dallas Opera; Mademoiselle Dangeville in Adriana Lecouvreur with Washington Concert Opera; and Dritte Dame in Die Zauberflöte with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. She has joined Opera North for previous performances of Suzuki in Madama Butterfly and Dritte Dame in Die Zauberflöte as well as Ines in Il trovatore, for which she received the company’s Brunson Young Artist Award. She recently sang her first performances of Dalila in Samson et Dalila as a guest artist at Hamilton College. While a young artist at the Glimmerglass Festival, she sang Mercedes in Carmen with Glimmerglass Opera in addition to joining the company for the world premiere of Tesori’s A Blizzard on Marblehead Neck. As a member of San Francisco Opera’s prestigious Merola Opera Program, she sang scenes of Amneris in Aida and Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel on the Schwabacher Summer Concert as well as excerpts from Giovanna Seymour fromAnna Bolena and Marquise Melibea in Il viaggio a Reims. On the concert stage, she has joined the Utah Symphony for Mozart’s Requiem, Debussy’s La damoiselle elue, and Bernstein’s Mass; Charleston Symphony for Verdi’s Requiem; and the American Symphony Orchestra for Wiegelis in Strauss’ Feuersnot, Spohr’s Die letzten Dinge, and Fanny Mendelssohn’s Musik Für die Toten der Cholera-Epidemie. She sang Brahms’ Zwei Gesänge on the National Symphony Orchestra’s Kennedy Center Chamber Players Series and Stravinsky’s Les Noces with the Post Classical Ensemble. Other concert appearances include Handel’s Messiahwith the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, previous performances of Mozart’s Requiem and Handel’s Messiah with the South Carolina Philharmonia and concert of opera favorites at the Russian Embassy in Washington D.C. She sang performances of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in Columbia, South Carolina and joined the University of South Carolina Symphony Orchestra as soloist for Beethoven’s Mass in C, Bellini’s Messa a quarto voce, and Mozart’s Regina Coeli. She has also joined the New York City Ballet to cover the demanding solo role in Leonid Desyatnikov’s Russian Seasons. Ms. Hanna holds a Master of Music from the University of South Carolina where she also sang Isabella in L’italiana in Algeri and Charlotte in A Little Night Music and won the University of South Carolina Concerto and Aria Competition. Additionally, she is the 2010 winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in the North Carolina district as well as the third place winner of the Southeastern region.
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Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Strauss R.: Salome Ein Page Santa Fe Opera (Santa Fe) 2015
Verdi: Requiem Mezzo-soprano soloist Handel and Haydn Society of Dartmouth College 2015
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, Op. 125, D minor Alto soloist Utah Symphony (Salt Lake City) 2015
Handel Utrecht Jubilate and Bach Magnificat Alto soloist American University Beirut 2015
Higdon: Cold Mountain Claire Santa Fe Opera (Santa Fe) 2015