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HF 16 Artist Announcement – Emma Abbate & Hanna Hipp



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Hanna Hipp – Mezzo-soprano       Emma Abbate – Piano


Hanna Hipp


A graduate of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House in 2013, Polish mezzo-soprano Hanna Hipp has been described as a singer who “lights up the stage” (Opera Britannia). Hanna makes her role and house debut at Minnesota Opera in the 2015-16 season singing the Composer in Richard Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos. She also returns to her native Poland singing Suzuki in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at Teatr Wielki in Warsaw. Hanna appears in concert with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in Geneva and Lausanne in performances of L’Enfant et les Sortilèges under Charles Dutoit and performs Szymanowski’s Stabat Mater with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Jurowski at the Bozar in Brussels. This season she also returns to the Glyndebourne Festival as Magdalene in Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg conducted by Robin Ticciati and makes her house debut at Seattle Opera. In future seasons she will return to Scottish Opera and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.


Hanna started the 2014-15 season singing Ramiro in Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera with Glyndebourne On Tour and took to the stage at Teatr Wielki in Warsaw as Suzuki in Madama Butterfly in a production by Mariusz Treliński. She made her house debut at Teatro alla Scala as Mercédès in Georges Bizet’s Carmen under Massimo Zanetti. After a stunning role debut as Dorabella in Mozart’s Così fan tutte at Opéra de Limoges, she returned to the Glyndebourne Festival where she performed the roles of the Cat and the Squirrel in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges and covered the role of Concepción in Ravel´s L´heure espagnole in a Laurent Pelly production conducted by Robin Ticciati.

She performed in several concerts and recitals, including recitals at Opéra de Lille and in London, the title part in Handel’s Solomon with the Oxford Bach Choir and London Mozart Players under Nicholas Cleobury at the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford, Handel’s Messiah with the London Mozart Players at the Royal Festival Hall, London and with Classical Opera in London the role of Annio in La Clemenza di Tito. She also appeared in Strauss´ Elektra at the BBC Proms 2014 under the baton of Semyon Bychkov.

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She joined the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House in September 2011. Highlights of her time at Covent Garden include performing Emilia in Act IV of Verdi’s Otello in the Plácido Domingo Celebration, singing Anna in the BBC Proms presentation of Les Troyens in the Royal Albert Hall, and the release of her performance in Le Portrait de Manon and Les Nuits d’été on CD.

Hanna is also an accomplished concert artist, who has performed at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the London Handel Festival and numerous twentieth-century music festivals in Europe. She studied at the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk (MA in Singing and Drama with distinction), the Guildhall School of Music & Drama (MMus in Performance), graduating from the Opera Course with distinction, and at the National Opera Studio in London.


Emma Abbate


Described as “an amazingly talented pianist” by the leading Italian magazine Musica, the Neapolitan pianist Emma Abbate pursues a varied career as a chamber musician and vocal coach, working with some of the finest singers and instrumentalists of her generation. She has performed in duo recitals for international festivals and concert societies in Salzburg, Lisbon, Naples, Ischia, Koscierzyna and Sorrento, and at many prestigious UK venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre, Royal Opera House, St John’s Smith Square, St George’s, Bristol and Aldeburgh Festival, in addition to broadcasts on BBC Radio 3.


Emma is planning a series of recordings devoted to 20th century Italian vocal chamber music, the last of which is the world-première disc of Shakespeare Sonnets by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco with the baritone Ashley Riches for Resonus Classics. Emma also released L’Infinito for Urania Records with the mezzo-soprano Kamelia Kader. Her discography also includes world-premières of works for cello and piano by Krzysztof Meyer and Algernon Ashton with the cellist Evva Mizerska. Published by Toccata Classics, their performances have been praised by The Strad for their “great expressive range and impressive authority”.


Based in London, Emma is a professor at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Following her graduation from the S. Pietro a Majella Conservatoire in Naples at the age of only 19 and an Advanced Diploma from the S. Cecilia Conservatoire in Rome, Emma studied in London with Yonty Solomon. She completed her studies with Geoffrey Pratley and Patsy Toh as a scholar at the Royal Academy of Music, from where she was awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Accompaniment with Distinction. Her many prizes have included the Anglo-Czechoslovak Trust Award, the International Ibla Grand Prize as Distinguished Musician, the Grover Bennett Prize and the AMA Calabria Award. She was also awarded an Italian Literature and Culture degree cum laude from the Federico II University in Naples. www.emmaabbate.com



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