Hannah Poulsom

Mezzo - Soprano

In September of 2016, Hannah joined the Royal Academy Opera, the prestigious opera course at the Royal Academy of Music, where she continues to study with Elizabeth Ritchie and Iain Ledingham. Prior to this, she was awarded a Masters with Distinction from the RAM. The English Mezzo-Soprano 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, Hannahperformed in Royal Academy of Music Opera 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, along with performing the role of Raven, for RAO's production of May Night by Rimsky-Korsakov. Hannah participated 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. In 2015, she participated in The Association of English Singers and Speakers Courtney Kenny Award where she was awarded third place for her programme, An Echo in the night - Memories of a Loved One. Recent concert appearances and performances include; Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, Handel's Dixit Dominus, Bach's St. John Passion, Haydn's Nelson Mass and The Creation,  Vivaldi's Gloria, and Mendelssohn's Elijah. Hannah played the role of Anna Kennedy in Donizetti's Maria Stuarda at the Edinburgh Fringe with Magnetic Opera, she performed the role of Mrs. Grose in Manchester Opera Ensemble's production of The Turn of the Screw by Benjamin Britten, and she recently 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. Up and coming current season plans include Handel's Messiah, Mozart's Requiem, and Dvorak's Mass in D. Hannah has recently performed in RAO's production of Alcina as Bradamante and is very excited to be preparing the role of Junon in Orphée aux enfers by Jaques Offenbach, which is to be performed at Hackney Empire. Hannah is supported by the Josephine Baker Trust, the Mario Lanza Educational Foundation and is a recipient of the Alice Gamble Award and she gratefully acknowledges the support of these trusts.

          

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