Ithaca College Concerts
|Theodora Hanslowe, Mezzo-Soprano|
|Saturday, February 13, 2010|
8:15 p.m., Ford Hall
with Dennis Giauque, piano
Music of Hahn and Rossini, plus Mahler Songs and a set of cabaret and show tunes.
Mezzo-soprano Theodora Hanslowe, a native of Ithaca and graduate of Cornell University, 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).
Theodora Hanslowe sang the part of Flora in La Traviata at the Metropolitan Opera during the 2008-09 season. It was a role that she reprised for the Met's opening night gala, which will be broadcast live in movie theaters internationally. She opened her 2008-9 season by performing the demanding title role in the final performance of Santa Fe Opera's American premiere of Saariaho's Adriana Mater to resounding acclaim. Also last year, she sang as soloist in Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass and Vaughan Williams's Serenade to Music, both with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra; in Hahn's Tomorrow, with Doug Varone and Dancers (Joyce Theatre, New York); and in Dillon's Still Point, in concert at Mannes School of Music. During the summer of 2009 she appears as soloist with the Salt Bay Chamberfest in the world premiere of songs by Pulitzer Prize nominee Tamar Muskal. In the 2009-10 season she again returns to the roster of the Metropolitan Opera, sings as soloist in Messiah with the Nashville Symphony, and performs in recital at Ithaca College.
Since her debut with the Metropolitan Opera as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), her subsequent roles for the company include Unulfo in Rodelinda, Isabella in L'italiana in Algeri, Bersi in Andrea Chenier, Tebaldo in Don Carlo, Dorabella in Così fan tutte, the title role in La Cenerentola, Nicklausse in Les Contes d'Hoffmann, and Stephano in Roméo et Juliette.
A Global Opera Star
Hanslowe has performed in opera houses throughout the world. She recreated the title role in Massenet's Chérubin with the Opéra de Monte-Carlo, where the opera had its premiere. Her debut at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires was as the Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos. She has sung the title role in La Cenerentola with L'Opéra de Montréal, the Semperoper in Dresden, the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf, and Florida Grand Opera. She has appeared as Rosina with Festival de Musique de Strasbourg, Florida Grand Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and the New Israeli Opera.
Equally comfortable on the concert stage, Theodora Hanslowe has been soloist in Britten's Spring Symphony with André Previn and the Boston Symphony Orchestra; Beethoven's Mass in C with Michael Tilson Thoma and the San Francisco Symphony, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis and Symphony No. 9 with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra; Mozart's Requiem with the Indianapolis Symphony and Raymond Leppard; performances and a recording of Bach's Mass in B Minor with Boston Baroque and Martin Pearlman on the Telarc label; Mahler's Symphony No. 8 with the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra; and as soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra for the Symphony Hall Centennial Gala.
Hanslowe has performed several times with the Cincinnati and Indianapolis symphonies, and made her Carnegie Hall debut singing Berlioz's Les Nuits d'été with the St. Louis Symphony and Hans Vonk. She has performed Ravel's Shéhérazade with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, Mozart's Mass in C Minor with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and Mendelssohn's Elijah with the Cathedral Choral Society at the National Cathedral in Washington.
She 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. She is a regular guest artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, with whom she performed two cantatas of Hanns Eisler ("gorgeous singing with superb control", wrote the New York Times) and a special performance of works by Bernstein, Schuman, and Schickele. Hanslowe also appeared in recital at the Musashino Cultural Foundation in Tokyo and at the Bard Festival at Alice Tully Hall in New York City.
Her repertoire includes Brahms' Viola Songs, Ravel's Chansons Madécasses, and the chamber arrangement of Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde.