Awardwinning mezzo-soprano Zofia Hanna had her first solo experience at Muziektheater Transparant with The Fairy Queen, H. Purcell.
In 2005 she won second prize for singing at the renowned national concours for music and theater, Axion Classic in Brussels. That same year she started her studies at the Royal Conservatory of Flanders in Antwerp, with Stephanie Friede. Zofia is now coached by Ira Siff and Hans Pieter Herman in Amsterdam.
In 2011 and 2012 she was invited for several masterclasses in New York, Berlin and Oslo where she was coached by Patricia Mccaffrey, John Norris and John Lidal.
In 2013 Zofia was one of the selected participants for the International Vocal Concours in ‘s Hertogenbosch. For this occasion she was invited as a soloist for IVC Bachcantates.
Her debut on the big stage was in 2010 at Opera Vlaanderen with the roles of Sonja and Nurse in the new work of The Rage of Life, Elena Kats-Chernin. She performed this production in Belgium, as well as at Operadagen Rotterdam and the International Opera Festival Miscolk in Hungary.
Other roles she performed are Shadow Sister in Little Women, Mark Adamo (2009), Mother in Orphelie in de Bovenkamer, Axelle Kennes (2010), Anna Karenina in Dolores, Mathias Coppens and Arianna in Lamento D'Arianna, Claudio Monteverdi (2015). In April 2016 Zofia Hanna was invited to perform a songrecital at Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ together with pianist Mathias Coppens, as a supporting programme before Stéphane Degout.
Zofia is an alumna of the Dutch National Opera Academy, where she sung roles like Donna Elvira in Mozart's Don Giovanni, the title role of Massenet’s Cendrillon, the leading role Clara in the modern opera The Mother of Black-Winged Dreams by Hanna Kulenty and Gertrud in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel. Besides this she had the opportunity to explore other roles like Mozart’s Cherubino and Dorabella, Massenet’s Charlotte, and other in concerts for The Concertgebouw and Dutch National Opera, where she was also invited to sing the role of Madrigalist in Puccini's Manon Lescaut.
In October 2017, Zofia was awarded first prize at the 3rd International “Toscanini” Competition in Brescia, Italy.
Zofia was invited back last spring at Opera Vlaanderen to sing Blumenmädchen in Parsifal, a revival which was awarded by Opernwelt as best production of the 2012-2013 season.
This season she performed Mercédes in a Carmen production of Musichall in various halls in Belgium and the Netherlands as well as Lady Macbeth in a rewritten version of Verdi’s Macbeth, by M. Coppens in a special children’s production for Opera Vlaanderen. In the summer she will be joining the Alvarez Young Artist program of Garsington Opera where she'll be working with conductors Jac van Steen, Justin Doyle, Laurence Cummings and directors Paul Curran and Martin Duncan.
Upcoming are the roles of Second wood sprite in an exciting new production by Alan Lucien Øyen in Opera Vlaanderen, recently awarded "Best Opera Company". Later in the season Zofia will join the cast of Schumann's Faust, singing Marthe, Schuld and Maria under the baton of Philippe Herreweghe.
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