Lyric Mezzo Soprano Hannah Mason completed her training at English National Opera on their acclaimed Opera Works training programme in 2013. She was born in Leeds and whilst still at school was chosen to study at the Royal Northern College of Music. She was then awarded a scholarship to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
So far in 2017, Hannah has sung in The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden’s production of Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg and with Opera North in Turandot. She returns to English National Opera in the Autumn to sing in Aida, their opening production of the 2017/18 season.
In the last two years Hannah has created the role of the Queen Bee in the opera The Swarm composed by Heloise Tunstall-Behrens and directed by Roswitha Gerlitz, performed in 4 new operas commissioned for the Tete a Tete Opera Festival written by composers including Orlando Gough, sang the role of Apprentice in Wagner’s The Mastersingers of Nuremberg at English National Opera, covered the Mother in Jonathan Dove’s Swanhunter for Opera North and sang Susanna in Musorgsky’s Khovanskygate with the Birmingham Opera Company and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
Other opera highlights have included performing the role of Suzuki on nationwide tours of Madama Butterfly in Ireland and France and also over 50 nights touring Carmen in the USA.
An experienced recitalist and concert performer, Ms Mason has performed Elgar Sea Pictures at St Martin in the Fields and Grimsby Minster, and works such as Berlioz Les nuits d'ete, de Falla's El sombrero de tres picos, Handel Messiah and Mendelssohn Elijah in venues including The Royal Albert Hall, The Barbican, St Martin in the Fields and the National Portrait Gallery, London.
She now lives in a small village in North Yorkshire with her conductor husband and young son, Oliver. This results in a lot of time on trains as Cononley is yet to have its own International Opera House.