Mezzo-soprano Hannah Poulsom is the recipient of the Stroma Sutherland Award at the Royal Academy of Music, where she is currently in her second year on the prestigious Royal Academy Opera Course. Here, she studies with Nuccia Focile, Raymond Connell and Jonathan Papp. Her recent and upcoming operatic performances with RAO include; Minskwoman (Flight - Dove), Frau Peachum (Die Dreigroschenoper - Weill), Junon (Orphée aux Enfers - Offenbach) performed at Hackney Empire, and Bradamante (Alcina - Handel), alongside scenes performances of; Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni - Mozart), Second Angel (Written on Skin - Benjamin), and Sara (Roberto Devereux - Donizetti).
Hannah was introduced to classical music at Frensham Heights School, where she was awarded a scholarship to aid her studies in music. During her time here, she became a member of Farnham Youth Choir, which gave her the platform to perform as a soloist and to sing in prestigious venues such as The Royal Albert Hall and The Royal Festival Hall. Hannah regularly competed in the Farnham Festival, winning Folk, Lieder and Recital classes and was awarded the Sheila Armstrong Award for the Most Promising Young Singer of the Year.
Hannah completed her undergraduate degree at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama under the tutelage of Gail Pearson. Here, she participated in the European premier of Dean Burry's Brother's Grimm, where she played the Wolf in the tale of Little Red Riding Hood. In her final year, she sang as a student scholar with the BBC National Chorus of Wales enabling her to sing in chamber group performances including a live broadcast of Britten's A.M.D.G. and she recorded Sullivan's The Beauty Stone, in which she sang the role of a Maiden.
During her postgraduate studies, Hannah performed in Royal Academy of Music Vocal Faculty Scenes as; Lucretia in Britten's The Rape of Lucretia, a Flower Maiden in Wagner's Parsifal, Goffredo in Handel's Rinaldo and in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte as Third Lady. She was involved in the Royal Academy Opera production as a member of the chorus in Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress and was in the opera chorus, as well as performing the role of Raven, for RAO's production of May Night by Rimsky-Korsakov. She enjoyed participating in Opera Coast's Opera Scenes from Massenet's Manon, playing the role of Rosette and she also performed in the company's Rachmaninoff Reflections which saw performances in Brighton and London's Pushkin House. She played the role of Anna Kennedy in Donizetti's Maria Stuarda at the Edinburgh Fringe with Magnetic Opera, performed the role of Mrs. Grose in Manchester Opera Ensemble's production of The Turn of the Screw by Benjamin Britten, and completed a run of performances at the Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, for Surrey Opera's production of Benjamin Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream, in which she performed the role of the Amazonian Queen, Hippolyta. This was followed by participating in British Youth Opera's cover performance of Malcom Williamson's English Eccentrics, as Mezzo Quartet.
In the Autumn of 2017, Hannah created the role of Verily Romily for Surrey Opera’s World Premiere Tour of The Life to Come, based on the E.M. Forster story of the same title, by Louis Mander and with libretto by Stephen Fry. Her recent and future concert repertoire comprises Verdi’s Requiem at Guildford Cathedral, Berlioz L’enfance du Christ at King’s College London Chapel, Dvorák’s Stabat Mater, and a concert performance of Handel’s Teseo, in which she is currently exploring the role of Medea, with the London Handel Festival, under the baton of David Bates. Hannah is also a recipient of the Alice Gamble Award, and is sponsored by the Josephine Baker Trust and gratefully acknowledges its support.