With key debuts in recent seasons including Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Der Komponist (Ariadne auf Naxos) and Beatrice (Beatrice and Benedict) to name just a few, Hanna Hipp continues to prove her versatility in the lyric mezzo-soprano repertoire.
A former member of the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Hanna Hipp made her first guest appearance there as an “enchanting” Magdalene (The Telegraph) in Kasper Holten’s new production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano. While a young artist, one of Hanna’s more prominent roles was Anna in Berlioz’s Les troyens, which was subsequently presented at the BBC Proms and released on DVD by Opus Arte, and she recently recorded the role again in concert with Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg under John Nelson (released on Warner Classics). She returns to London this season in her debut as Hänsel in Antony McDonald’s new production of Hänsel und Gretel.
Elsewhere this season, Hanna joins Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra for Die Walküre, and returns to Scottish Opera for her first Varvara in Stephen Lawless’ new production of Katya Kabanova.
Following her debut at the Glyndebourne Festival as Flora under Sir Mark Elder (released on DVD by Opus Arte), Hanna Hipp has maintained a strong relationship with the Company returning every season since: as Ramiro (La finta giardiniera) on tour under Christopher Moulds, La chatte and L’écureuil in Laurent Pelly’s acclaimed production of L’enfant et les sortilègesunder Robin Ticciati, Magdalene under Michael Güttler and, in 2017, as Der Komponist under Cornelius Meister.
Further recent debuts include at Teatro Real Madrid as Frances, Countess of Essex in David McVicar’s new production of Gloriana under Ivor Bolton, and at Dutch National Opera as the Page in Strauss’ Salome under Daniele Gatti in a new staging by Ivo van Hove. Other highlights include Mercédès (Carmen) at Teatro alla Scala under Massimo Zanetti, L’enfant et les sortilèges at Teatro dell’Opera di Roma under Charles Dutoit, and Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro) at both the Turku Music Festival and for Scottish Opera in a new production by Sir Thomas Allen. A successful North American debut as Der Komponist for Minnesota Opera in the 2015/16 season led to an invitation to join Seattle Opera as Isolier in Rossini’s Le Comte Ory under Giacomo Sagripanti, and performances there last season as both Dorabella and Beatrice.
In concert, Hanna Hipp joined Orchestre de la Suisse Romande for L’enfant et les sortilèges under Charles Dutoit, and has a repertoire of works including Berlioz’s Les nuits d’été, Handel’s Solomon and Messiah. A keen recitalist, Hanna released her debut solo CD on Resonus Classics featuring the songs of Ildebrando Pizzetti, with pianist Emma Abbate.