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  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). Ms. Hipp starts the 2014-15 season singing Ramiro in Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera with Glyndebourne On Tour and then takes the stage at Teatr Wielki in Warsaw as Suzuki in Madama Butterfly in a production by Mariusz Treliński. She makes her house debut at the Teatro alla Scala as Mercédès in Georges Bizet’s Carmen under Massimo Zanetti. She can also be heard as Dorabella in Mozart’s Così fan tutte at the Opéra de Limoges and will then return to the Glyndebourne Festival singing La Chatte and L'écureuil in Ravel's L’enfant et les sortilèges. Future seasons will see her return to the Glyndebourne Festival, Scottish Opera and the Royal Opera House. The 2013-14 season marked her debuts with the Turku Music Festival in Finland, performing the role of Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, and Teatro dell’Opera di Roma in Ravel’s

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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).

Ms. Hipp starts the 2014-15 season singing Ramiro in Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera with Glyndebourne On Tour and then takes the stage at Teatr Wielki in Warsaw as Suzuki in Madama Butterfly in a production by Mariusz Treliński. She makes her house debut at the Teatro alla Scala as Mercédès in Georges Bizet’s Carmen under Massimo Zanetti. She can also be heard as Dorabella in Mozart’s Così fan tutte at the Opéra de Limoges and will then return to the Glyndebourne Festival singing La Chatte and L'écureuil in Ravel's L’enfant et les sortilèges. Future seasons will see her return to the Glyndebourne Festival, Scottish Opera and the Royal Opera House.

The 2013-14 season marked her debuts with the Turku Music Festival in Finland, performing the role of Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, and Teatro dell’Opera di Roma in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges as Maman/Libellule/La Tasse Chinoise under Charles Dutoit. Later in the season, she also made her house and role debut at the Scottish Opera as Suzuki in Madama Butterfly and the Glyndebourne Festival as Flora in La Traviata. 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.

She joined the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House in September 2011. While there she performed Jean in Le Portrait de Manon by Massenet, and Les Nuits d’été by Berlioz, Flora and Annina in Verdi's La traviata, Anna in Berlioz' Les Troyens, Emilia in Otello, Modestina in Il viaggio a Reims by Rossini, Zweite Dame in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte and Bianca in La rondine by Puccini. As a member of the programme she also covered the roles of Magdalene in Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Cherubino in Mozart´s Le nozze di Figaro, Olga in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, Wellgunde in Wagner's Das Rheingold and Götterdämmerung and Second Angel-Marie in Written on Skin by George Benjamin. 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 by Opera Rara.

Ms. Hipp 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. While still a student, she participated in various opera productions with great success including Orfeo in Gluck´s Orfeo ed Euridice, The Anne who Strips in Sallinen´s The King goes forth to France, Arina in The Marriage by Martinů, Aurelio in Donizetti´s L’assedio di Calais, and the title role in Massenet´s Chérubin. Other roles performed have included Lucilla in La scala di seta by Rossini and Marianna in Rossini’s Il Signor Bruschino, Poro in Hasse´s Cleofide and Amastris in Handel´s Serse.

She lives in London.

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"This mezzo is one of those performers who not only lights up the stage when she appears, but also pervades infectious enthusiasm. "

Opera Britannia - by Miranda Jackson

"Polish mezzo Hanna Hipp, who is already a familiar name on the UK opera circuit, contributes a thrillingly sung and touchingly acted trouser performance as the lovelorn Ramiro."

Whats On Stage - by Mark Valencia (Ramiro in La Finta Giardiniera, Glyndebourne On Tour)

"Hanna Hipp, displaying her well-nourished mezzo, entered into the realm of death as the woman addressing her departed lover in the long sustained lines of ‘Le Spectre de la rose’; in ‘Sur les Lagunes’, she switched to the male role, mourning the loss of a belle amie, finally plunging down into the mattress as though into quicksand to join her. "

Opera Magazine - by Margaret Davis

"Hanna Hipp was outstanding in ‘Le Spectre de la rose’, with a sensuous range of half-lit colours and singing those exquisite turns with perfectly judged sensuous languor."

Classicalsource - by Peter Reed

"A singer to look for in the future, Hanna Hipp, a Jette Parker Young Artist, made more of the role of Dido’s loyal sister, Anna, than probably Berlioz actually gives her and sang with subtle feeling in their sentimental Act III duet. "

Seen and Heard - by Jim Pritchard (Anna in Les Troyens, BBC Proms)

"The singing, over all, is strong, especially that of the mezzo-soprano Hanna Hipp as Anna, Dido’s attentive sister (...)"

NYTimes - by Anthony Tommasini (Anna in Les Troyens, BBC Proms)

"There are outstanding cameos from the warm-toned Hanna Hipp as Anna."

Telegraph - by John Allison (Anna in Les Troyens, BBC Proms)

"Hanna Hipp sparkled and fizzed the moment she took the stage. There seems to be a plethora of really fine mezzo-sopranos at the moment, but Ms Hipp has something special to bring to the table. Vocally she stole the show in the first half of the evening. Her voice is pure and yet well-rounded; she has sufficient tonal focus and control of her vibrato to lead me to suppose she excels at singing Handel, and she can also act a convincing ‘pants’ role. She even transcended the oddest moment in this production which was when the young lovers opened the desk drawers to reveal what looked like overlong astro-turf – presumably a reference to their duet about a garden, but still puzzling nonetheless"

Opera Britannia - by Miranda Jackson

"(...) with her incisive bottom register and magnetic stage-presence, the young Polish mezzo Hanna Hipp will surely make a fine Queen of Carthage herself (...)"

Presto Classical - by Katherine Cooper about the ROH Les Troyens DVD release

"Hanna Hipp’s Suzuki is warm and supportive, her voice blending in the flower duet, and deeply moving when she realises her mistress’s fate."

The public reviews - by Val Baskott (Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, Scottish Opera)

"Hanna Hipp as Suzuki is likewise excellent, with a knowing, competent demeanour and a glowing mezzo timbre."

The Guradian - by Kate Molleson (Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, Scottish Opera)

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