SJE Arts Next Generation Series
An exploration of folk songs from different countries, including work by Poulenc, Britten and de Falla.
A graduate of the Jette Parker Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, Polish mezzo-soprano Hanna Hipp has been described as a singer who ‘lights up the stage’ (Opera Britannia).
Hanna’s 2017/18 season is a busy one. She returns to Bergen Opera as Emilia in Verdi’s Otello, and to Seattle Opera for Dorabella in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutteand her role debut as Beatrice in Berlioz’s Beatrice and Benedict. She makes her house debut at Teatro Real de Madrid as Frances, Countess of Essex, in David McVicar’s new production of Britten’s Gloriana before coming to Garsington Opera in summer 2018 for another role and house debut as Clairon in Richard Strauss’s Capriccio.
Hanna is also an accomplished concert artist with past performances at the London Handel Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival and many other festivals across Europe. In Oxford 2013, she took the leading role in Handel’s Solomon with Oxford Bach Choir and London Mozart Players under Nicholas Cleobury at the Sheldonian.
Pianist, Emma Abbate, enjoys a demanding career as an accompanist and chamber musician, working with some of the finest singers and instrumentalists of her generation. She has performed in duo recitals for international festivals and concert societies in Salzburg, Lisbon and Naples and at many prestigious UK venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre, Royal Opera House, St George’s Bristol and Aldeburgh Festival, in addition to broadcasts on BBC Radio 3.
Originally from Naples, now based in London, Emma is a professor at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and a staff coach at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.