Swedish soprano Hanna Husáhr has begun the season of 2016/2017 at the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm winning great acclaim for her portrait of Pat Nixon in John Adams’ Nixon in China. This spring Hanna will appear on the same stage as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte. The season also includes Bach´s St John Passion on tour with Les Musiciens du Louvre under the baton of Marc Minkowski, First Niece in Peter Grimes under Edward Gardner at Bergen International Festival and Edinburgh Festival, and the role of Xenia in Boris Godunov in concert and recording with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, led by Kent Nagano.
Last season Hanna Husáhr performed Romilda in Serse at The Royal Opera of Versailles, Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro at Drottningholm Court Theatre (Minkowski) and Helena in a Midsummer Night's Dream at Bergen National Opera. She also sang Romilda at Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona and at Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow with Spinosi and Ensemble Matheus. Hanna also performed orchestral songs and arias by Mozart and Strauss at Vinterfest Festival with Dalasinfoniettan conducted by Daniel Blendulf.
Among her previous opera engagements is the role of Zerlina in Don Giovanni at Bergen National Opera and Romilda with Ensemble Matheus, the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor at the Latvian National Opera and at Opera på Skäret in Sweden, Frasquita in Carmen at Kilden Opera in Kristiansand, the role of Grethe in Peters Bryllup at the Musikfestspiele at Potsdam Sanssouci and performances of the Cunning Little Vixen in Bergen. Hanna made her operatic debut in 2009 as Leïla in Bizet’s Les pêcheurs de perles at Folkoperan, a role she also performed at Gothenburg Concert Hall in 2010.
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, Edward Gardner, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Mikko Franck, Jonathan Cohen and Tobias Ringborg. A few highlights 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.
Recent concert engagements have included Händel’s Messiah/the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Haydn’s Paukenmesse/The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra (Manfred Honeck), Symphony No. 3 by Nielsen/ Stockholm Concert Hall, Berwaldhallen and Gothenburg Concert Hall as well as Romilda at Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid. Hanna has performed at the Bergen International Festival at Grieghallen 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, 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 is the recipient of the 2017 Birgit Nilsson Scholarship, the 2013 Chrsitina Nilsson Scholarship and the 2011 Jussi Björling Award. Hanna was also awarded the Mozart prize in the 2016 Wilhelm Stenhammar International Music Competition.
"... his (John Adams) portrait of Pat Nixon is indeed touching, especially when she is portrayed as congenially as Hanna Husáhr in the Royal Opera's production."
Adams - Nixon in China, Expressen, Oct 2016
“Seldom has a soprano tingled the ear with such a pure and radiant voice as Swedish Hanna Husáhr”
Händel - Messiah, Jyllands-Posten, Dec 2015