With key debuts in recent seasons including Dorabella (Così fan tutte) for Seattle Opera, and Der Komponist (Ariadne auf Naxos) for Minnesota Opera, Hanna Hipp continues to prove her versatility in the lyric mezzo-soprano repertoire. She won particular acclaim last season for her “striking characterization” (Sunday Times) of Cherubino in Joe Hill-Gibbins’ new production of The Marriage of Figaro – marking Hanna’s debut at English National Opera – and gives her first performances as Oktavian (Der Rosenkavalier) this season for Garsington Opera, in a new production by Bruno Ravella and conducted by Jordan de Souza. She otherwise sings Hänsel in extracts from Hänsel und Gretel as part of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden’s Christmas Concerts.
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, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Oulu Symphony Orchestra. Recent debuts include both Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and Hamburger Symphoniker in Beethoven’s Symphony No.9, under Klaus Mäkelä and Eivind Gullberg Jensen respectively. Elsewhere she joined Klaus Mäkelä and Scottish Chamber Orchestra in Mozart’s Requiem, David Parry and the orchestra of Scottish Opera as the title role in Mascagni’s Zanetto in concert, and Vladimir Jurowski and London Philharmonic Orchestra for Die Walküre.
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 under Sir Antonio Pappano, returning the following season for her first Hänsel under Sebastian Weigle. Elsewhere in the UK, she has performed extensively at the Glyndebourne Festival, returning most recently as Der Komponist under Cornelius Meister. Further debuts include Teatro Real Madrid as Frances, Countess of Essex (Gloriana) in David McVicar’s new production under Ivor Bolton, at Dutch National Opera as Ein Page (Salome) in Ivo van Hove’s new production under Daniele Gatti, and both Isolier (Le Comte Ory) and Beatrice (Beatrice and Benedict) for Seattle Opera. 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, and L’enfant et les sortilèges at Teatro dell’Opera di Roma under Charles Dutoit.
On disc, Hanna has appeared as Anna in Berlioz’s Les troyens with Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg under John Nelson on Warner Classics, Flora in Verdi’s La traviata at the Glyndebourne Festival under Sir Mark Elder on Opus Arte DVD, and released her debut recital album featuring the songs of Ildebrando Pizzetti with pianist Emma Abbate on Resonus Classics, and garnering praise for her “gleaming sound and declamatory fire” (Gramophone).