“The performance of Hannah Dahlenburg as Lucia was superb, her unforced voice ranging widely, never faltering in a splendid “mad scene”. Her duets displayed stamina and versatility…
August, 2016 - Elizabeth Ruthven for The Mercury, Tasmania
Australian - Canadian Soprano Hannah Dahlenburg is a regular guest artist for Opera Australia performing Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute (2016, 2015, 2014) and ‘nailing every note of the famous aria with startling accuracy and clarity, whilst striding the stage with confidence and flair’ (Arts Review, 2014) as Queen of the Night and First Lady for their highly acclaimed Regional Touring (2015, 2014) and Opera on the Beach (2014).
Hannah’s operatic roles include: Queen of the Night, First Lady, Second Lady and Papagena in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte; Blonde in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail; Lucia in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor; Oscar in Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera; Diane in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld; Daughter Anne in Glass/Moran’s The Juniper Tree; La Musica in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo; Diane in Actéon by Charpentier and Second Woman in Dido and Aeneas by Purcell. In 2016, Hannah performed the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor for Opera Van Diemensland.
She joined Opera Australia in 2012 as a Principal Artist with the Schools Company, performing The Magic Flute as the Queen of the Night, 1st Lady and Papagena before performing in the Salzburg Festival in August 2013 in Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream under Conductor Ivor Bolton, currently out on DVD.
Hannah has also been a soloist for many Australian ensembles including the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, La Compañia, the Box Hill Chorale and Melbourne University Choral Society with the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra, Victorian Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Consort of Melbourne. Her concert repertoire includes: Handel Messiah, Bach Johannes-Passion and Coffee Cantata (BWV 211), Brahms Requiem, Mozart Mass in C Minor, Vesperae Solemnis de Confessore, Requiem, Exultate Jubilate and Orff Carmina Burana.
She has been awarded numerous prizes and scholarships including: Martin Bequest Travelling Scholarship 2015,2016; Ian Potter Cultural Trust Grant 2014; PPCA Performers Trust Grant 2014; Second in the North-western Regional Finals of The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions 2013; The Leverhulme Royal Northern College of Music Award and Christine Leaves Award as a Finalist in the Australian Singing Competition 2013; the Encouragement Award in the prestigious 2011 Herald Sun Aria Finals; Scholarships in 2011 and 2012 from Dame Nellie Melba Opera Trust including the Mel and Nina Waters Scholarship. Hannah was also a Finalist in the 2013 Opera Foundation Australia German Opera Scholarship.
In 2015 Hannah completed a Masters of Music at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester as a Leverhulme Arts Scholar, awarded as part of the 2013 IFAC Australian Singing Competition was a ‘thrilling’ (Guardian, June 2015) soloist for the UK premiere of Penderecki Symphony No. 7: Seven Gates of Jerusalem, conducted by the composer. She completed her Bachelor of Music (Performance) with Honours at the Conservatorium of Music, The University of Melbourne in 2010.