Vocalist - Mezzo-Soprano

Mezzo-Soprano Theodora Hanslowe has met with critical praise for her “warm, supple and richly expressive voice, considerable acting ability and commanding stage presence” (Washington Post), and for her “high vocal quality, personality, and joy in performing that is impossible to ignore” (Salzburger Nachrichten). In the 2016-17 season, Ms. Hanslowe sang Bess’s Mother in Missy Mazzoli’s new opera Breaking the Waves at Prototype Festival. Her engagements in the 2015-16 season included a return to the Metropolitan Opera for its production of Le nozze di Figaro, and Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. In the 2014-15 season, Ms. Hanslowe was Madeline Mitchell in Heggie’s Three Decembers with Atlanta Opera, as well as the Austrian Woman in John Adams’ The Death of Klinghoffer and Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor with the Metropolitan Opera.  

In recent seasons, Ms. Hanslowe returned to the Metropolitan Opera as Marthe in Faust; Hécube in Berlioz’ Les Troyens; Matron and Countess in Shostakovich’s The Nose; and joined the roster for their productions of Der Rosenkavalier, Eugene Onegin, and Le comte Ory. She has performed with the company as Flora in a live broadcast of La traviata; Unulfo in Rodelinda; Isabella in L’italiana in Algeri; Dorabella in Così fan tutte; Angelina inLa Cenerentola; Nicklausse in Les Contes d’Hoffmann; Stephano in Roméo et Juliette; and made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia.  

A performer of repertoire ranging from contemporary to early opera, Ms. Hanslowe has performed  the role of Mukhtar’s Mother in Kamala Sankaram’s Thumbprint with Beth Morrison Projects at Prototype Festival; the title role in Saariaho’s Adriana Mater with Santa Fe Opera; and Sister Helen in Heggie’s Dead Man Walking with Michigan Opera Theatre, Baltimore Opera, and Opera Pacific; Hänsel in Hänsel and Gretel with New York City Opera; Romeo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi with Spoleto Festival USA; Angelina with San Francisco Opera; Béatrice in Béatrice et Bénédict and Romeo with Washington Concert Opera; Nicklausse in Les Contes d'Hoffmann with Washington National Opera; Isabella with Los Angeles Opera; Rosina with Glimmerglass Opera; Orphée in Orphée et Eurydice with Opera Colorado; and Ino in Semele with the Handel & Haydn Society. In her distinguished opera career, Ms. Hanslowe has performed on opera stages around the world as the title role in Massenet’s Chérubin with Opéra de Monte-Carlo; Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos with Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires; Angelina with L'Opéra de Montréal, Semperoper in Dresden, and Deutsche Oper am Rhein; and Rosina at Festival de Musique de Strasbourg.  

Equally comfortable in concert, Theodora Hanslowe has sung under the batons of Marin Alsop, Rossen Milanov, André Previn, Michael Tilson Thomas, Hans Vonk, and Martin Pearlman; performing such works as Mahler’s Das Lied van der Erde with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and at Bravo!Vail Music Festival; Schoenberg’s arrangement of Das Lied von der Erde with Sinfonietta of Riverdale; Messiah with Nashville Symphony Orchestra; Spring Symphony with Boston Symphony Orchestra; Beethoven’s Mass in C major with San Francisco Symphony, and his Symphony No. 9 and Missa Solemnis with Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra; Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with Bilbao Symphony Orchestra; Berlioz’ Les Nuits d'été at  Carnegie Hall with Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra; Ravel’s Shéhérazade with Huntsville Symphony Orchestra; Symphony Hall Centennial Gala with Boston Symphony Orchestra; and Bach’s Mass in B minor with Boston Baroque, which was recorded and released by Telarc records.  

Theodora Hanslowe is also active in chamber music and recital. She was invited by Carnegie Hall to make her New York recital debut on the Weill Recital Hall series, and has performed with Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. She also appeared in recital at the Musashino Cultural Foundation in Tokyo.



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