With key debuts in recent seasons including Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Der Komponist (Ariadne auf Naxos) and Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel) to name a few, Hanna Hipp continues to prove her versatility in the lyric mezzo-soprano repertoire. This season, Hanna makes her debut at English National Opera as Cherubino in Joe Hill-Gibbins’ new production of The Marriage of Figaro, returns to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in Sir David McVicar’s new production of Death in Venice under Richard Farnes, and sings the title role in Mascagni’s Zanetto in concert with Scottish Opera under David Parry.
In concert, Hanna Hipp has already marked herself out in her first performances of Les nuits d’été, with BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris and Symphonieorchester Vorarlberg, which she reprises this season with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Francois Leleux and the Oulu Symphony Orchestra under Ville Matvejeff. Elsewhere this season, she sings her first Das Lied von der Erde with Emilio Pomarico and Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa, and Mozart’s Requiem with Klaus Mäkelä and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. She recently debuted with both the Oslo Philharmonic and Hamburger Symphoniker in Beethoven’s Symphony No.9, under Klaus Mäkelä and Eivind Gullberg Jensen respectively, and joined Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra for Die Walküre. A keen recitalist, Hanna released her debut solo CD on Resonus Classics featuring the songs of Ildebrando Pizzetti with pianist Emma Abbate, garnering praise for her “gleaming sound and declamatory fire” (Gramophone).
A former member of the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House, 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, returning for her first Hänsel last season in Antony McDonald’s new production, conducted by Sebastian Weigle. 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).
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 sortilèges under Robin Ticciati, Magdalene under Michael Güttler, and Der Komponist under Cornelius Meister.
Further recent debuts include at Teatro Real Madrid as Frances, Countess of Essex in Sir 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 her first Varvara (Katya Kabanova) for Scottish Opera, the title role in Offenbach’s Fantasio at Garsington Opera, 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 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.