Swedish soprano Hanna Husáhr starts the 2019/2020 season in Denmark singing Woglinde in Das Rheingold at The New Opera in Esbjerg. Further engagements this season include Ein deutsches Requiem by Brahms with Daniel Harding and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra at Pisa Cathedral, First Niece in Peter Grimes with Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Edward Gardner at the Oslo Opera and in London at Royal Festival Hall, as well as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte at the Royal Opera in Stockholm. In the spring 2020 she will go on a European tour with Daniel Harding and Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester singing Mater Gloriosa in Mahler’s Symphony no. 8. She will also sing Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor conducted by Herbert Blomstedt.
Last season Hanna sang Sophie in Werther by Massenet at Bergen National Opera conducted by Frédéric Chaslin. She also appeared as Céphise in Pygmalion at Drottningholm Court Theatre and sang Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel at the Malmö Opera.
Hanna Husáhr won great acclaim for her portrait of the role of Pat Nixon in John Adams’ Nixon in China at the Royal Opera in Stockholm in the season of 2016-17. Hanna was also on tour with Bach’s St John 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. She has also sung the title role in 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 Norway, 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 Herbert Blomstedt, Edward Gardner, Leif Segerstam, Pinchas Steinberg, Lawrence Renes, Stefano Ranzani, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Mikko Franck, Daniel Harding, Jonathan Cohen and Tobias Ringborg. A few highlights in Hanna’s 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. 3 by 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 the Birgit Nilsson Scholarship (2017), the Håkan Mogren Award (2017) and the Royal Opera Friends Scholarship (2017). She has also been awarded the Drottningholm Scholarship (2016), Christina Nilsson Scholarship (2013) and the Jussi Björling Award (2011). 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