Covered Covered & Performed Scenes Premiere of New Work Concert
Derek Shuttleworth Education Fund (2016)
Belinda Starling Memorial Fund (2015)
Winner - City Wall Productions Classical Voice Competition (2016)
NODA "Now, to find a soprano who can display this quite gradual and complex ‘awakening’ in her face and body language must be quite a tall order, but to find someone who can do all that with such a fine voice, able to sing this complex part exquisitely – how rare can that be? In Hannah Dobra, Guildford Opera found that rare gem. We the audience felt privileged to be witness to this, as I heard non-stop in the interval, and in my walk to the car park! A superb performance. " (2017)
The Surrey Advertiser "The evening belonged to Hannah Dobra, soprano who delivered a presence and passion that compelled attention" (2017)
Hannah Dobra is originally from Hertfordshire and now lives in Kent. She recently graduated with distinctions from a Masters in Advanced Vocal Studies with Dennis O’Neill at the Wales International Academy of Voice (WIAV). Hannah attended Chetham’s School of Music and took her DipABRSM in voice here. She went on to study for a BA in Philosophy at The University of Nottingham where she was a founding member of their opera society. In 2014 Hannah was selected to train on English National Opera’s (ENO) professional development programme Opera Works.
Her most recent role was Lakme for Guildford Opera and earlier this year she sang Violetta's first aria at the BBC Hoddinott Hall. In 2016 she sang the parts of Gilda in Bella figlia dell'amore and Lucia in Chi mi frena in tal momento for WIAV’s gala concert at the Wales Millennium Centre. She was joined for this concert by Decca recording artist Julia Lezhneva.
Opera performances include LoLo/Olga (cover) The Merry Widow (Ryedale Festival Opera), Anne Page The Merry Wives of Windsor (Brent Opera), Bessie Throckmorton/May Queen Merrie England (Chelmsford City Opera), Annina La traviata (Chelmsford Opera), Belinda Dido and Aeneas (Benslow Baroque Opera) and Papagena/Queen of the Night (cover) The Magic Flute (OpSoc). Scenes for City Opera and Opera Works include the roles of Lucia The Rape of Lucrezia, Sophie Der Rosenkavalier, Adele Die Fledermaus, and Dorinda Orlando. Hannah also performed in Landscape, a newly devised work by members of the Opera Works course, combining scenes from operas by Handel, Mozart, Beethoven and Britten.
Concert and oratorio solo highlights are Messiah (St. Martin’s Ruislip), Mozart’s Missa Solemnis (Our Lady Immaculate, Chelmsford) and Rutter’s Requiem (United Reform Church, Chelmsford).
Hannah sang in the chorus for Paul McCreesh’s recording of Haydn’s Creation for Deutsche Grammophon and is on several recordings with the National Youth Choir of Great Britain.
Hannah is grateful to have had the chance to sing in master classes and to have coached with Marcus van den Akker, Janice Chapman, Yvonne Kenny, Ryland Davies, Nellie Miriciou and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. She continues to have regular voice sessions with Jane Samuel and Nuccia Focile.
She has performed in some of the United Kingdom’s best known venues including the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, Bridgewater Hall and at the Lichfield Festival. Outside of the UK she has sung in St Stephen’s Cathedral - Vienna, Hong Kong Park, Basilica of the Sacred Heart- Brussels and Place d’Arms- Luxembourg.
Hannah is represented by Judith Newton of Opera and Concert Management. She has been generously supported by the Belinda Starling Memorial Fund through the Essex Education Foundation, City Wall Productions, The Derek Shuttleworth Memorial fund and the Dennis O'Neill foundation.
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