Swedish soprano Hanna Husáhr has this summer appeared as Céphisein Pygmalion at Drottningholm Court Theatre and is this spring at the Bergen National Opera where she sings Sophie in Werther. Last season began with Pamina in Die Zauberflöte at the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm, which was followed by Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel at the Malmö Opera.
Hanna Husáhr won great acclaim for her portrait of the role of Pat Nixonin John Adams’ Nixon in China in the season of 2016-17. Hanna was also on tour with Bach´s St John´s Passion with Les Musiciens du Louvre under the baton of Marc Minkowski and she sang the role of Xenia in Boris Godunov in concert and recording with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, led by Kent Nagano. Hanna has previously sung Romilda in Serse at The Royal Opera of Versailles, Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro at Drottningholm Court Theatre (Minkowski) as well as Helena in a Midsummer Night's Dream and Zerlina in Don Giovanni, both at the Bergen National Opera. Hanna has appeared in the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor at the Latvian National Opera and at Opera på Skäret in Sweden. She has sung Frasquita in Carmen at Kilden Opera in Kristiansand, Grethe in Peters Bryllup at the Musikfestspiele at Potsdam Sanssouci and performed the Cunning Little Vixen in Bergen. Hanna made her operatic debut in 2009 as Leïla in Bizet’s Les pêcheurs de perles at Folkoperan.
Hanna Husáhr is often engaged as a concert singer. Her repertoire ranges from early baroque to contemporary and she has worked with conductors such as Stefano Ranzani, Leif Segerstam, Pinchas Steinberg, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Mikko Franck, Jonathan Cohen and Tobias Ringborg. A few highlights repertoire are Nielsen’s Symphony no. 3 with Herbert Blomstedt, Bach’s St John passion with Daniel Harding and Leino Songs by Kaija Saariaho at The Polar Music Prize ceremony with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra at Stockholm Concert Hall. Other concert engagements include Händel’s Messiah/the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Haydn’s Paukenmesse (Honeck) and Mater Gloriosa/Mahler’s Symphony no. 8 (Harding) with The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Hanna has sung Symphony No. 3by Nielsen/ Stockholm Concert Hall, Berwaldhallen and Gothenburg Concert Hall, Romilda (Serse) at Auditorio Nacional de Música/ Madrid, at Gran Teatre del Liceu/ Barcelona and Tchaikovsky Concert Hall/Moscow with Ensemble Matheus (Spinosi). Hanna has performed at the Bergen International Festival and in 2013 she appeared at Berlin Philharmonie in works by Schubert and Kraus with L’arte del mondo.
Hanna Husáhr studied at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London (BMus), The Opera School in Gothenburg and Stockholm Opera Studio. She continued her studies as a trainee at the Finnish National Opera singing roles such as Adina in L’elisir d’amore and first Blumenmädchen/Knappe in Parsifal.
Hanna Husáhr has received three scholarships this season; the 2017 Birgit Nilsson Scholarship, the 2017 Håkan Mogren Award and the 2017 Royal Opera Friends Scholarship. She has previously been awarded the 2013 Christina Nilsson Scholarship and the 2011 Jussi Björling Award. Hanna was also awarded the Mozart prize in the 2016 Wilhelm Stenhammar International Music Competition.
Adams - Nixon in China, Expressen, Oct 2016
Händel - Messiah, Jyllands-Posten, Dec 2015