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Hannah Savignon-Smythe

Voice Type:

Soprano

Nationality:

British

Country:

United Kingdom

Languages (fluent):

English

Opera

Frasquita
Carmen (Bizet)
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
2019
Madeline
Louise (Charpentier)
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
2019
Amore
L'incoronazione di Poppea (Monteverdi)
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
2019
Chorus / Cover Papagena
The Magic Flute (Mozart)
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
2018
Sophie
Der Rosenkavalier (Strauss, R)
Opera'r Dddraig
2018
Susanna
Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart)
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
2018
Chorus
L'Elisir D'Amore (Donizetti)
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama & WNO
2017
Bride
Hipermestra (Cavalli)
Glyndebourne Festival Opera
2017
Nella
Gianni Schicchi (Puccini)
National Opera Studio, OPERA INTRO
2015
Micaëla
Carmen (Bizet)
University of Chichester
2014
Papagena
The Magic Flute (Mozart)
University of Chichester
2013
Barbarina
Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart)
University of Chichester
2012

Operetta/G&S

Celia
Iolanthe (Sullivan)
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
2019

Contemporary Opera

The Wife
Hawking (John Vallis)
University of Chichester
2014
Boy Soldier and Chorus
When I am Old... (Hannah Conway)
Glyndebourne Youth Opera, Tete a Tete Festival
2011
1st Soprano Soloist and Chorus.
On Off (Orlando Gough)
Glyndebourne Youth Opera, Tete a Tete Festival
2011
The Wise Moon
Who am I? (Hannah Conway)
Glyndebourne Youth Opera, Tete a Tete Festival
2009

Chorus

1st Soprano
For the Fallen, Lamentation & Armed Man (Karl Jenkins)
BBC National Orchestra & Chorus of Wales
2018
1st Soprano, semi chorus
Ode to Death & Hear my words, ye people (Holst & Parry)
BBC National Orchestra & Chorus of Wales,BBC Proms
2018
1st Soprano, Chorus 1
Symphony No 8 (Symphony of a 'Thousand') (Mahler)
BBC National Orchestra & Chorus of Wales,BBC Proms
2018
1st Soprano 2nd Chorus
Jiang Tcheng Tse (Qigang Chen)
BBC National Chorus & Orchestra of Wales
2018
1st Soprano Chorus
Four Sacred Pieces (Verdi)
BBC National Chorus and Orchestra of Wales
2017
Chorus
Symphony No 3 (Mahler)
BBC National Chorus of Wales & BBC Phil. Orchestra
2017
Chorus
Ceremony of Carols (Britten)
Glyndebourne Youth Opera
2010

Oratorio/Concerts

Soprano Recitalist
Young Artists Showcase (Various)
St David's Hall International Concert Series
2018
Recitalist
Seven Deadly Sins Concert Series (Various)
Siren Opera
2017
Soprano Soloist
Symphony No 3 (Carl Nielsen)
Worthing Philharmonic Orchestra
2017
Soprano Recitalist
Contemporary American Songs (Various)
The Riot Ensemble
2015
Soprano Soloist
Chants D'Auvergne Vol.1 (Canteloube)
University of Chichester Symphony Orchestra
2015
Soprano Soloist
Bachianas Brasilieras (Hector Villa-Lobos)
University of Chichester Cello Ensemble
2015
Political Prisoner
Coming Together and Attica (Rzewski)
University of Chichester Sinfonietta
2015
1st Nazi Soprano
Weimar (Adam Gorb)
University of Chichester Sinfonietta
2014
1st Barbie Soprano
What's That Spell? (Michael Daugherty)
University of Chichester Sinfonietta
2013

Various/Mixed

Chorus
Various Medleys (Various)
Goodwood Festival of Speed VIP Show
2015

Covered Covered & Performed Scenes Premiere of New Work Concert

Competitions

Valetta Iacopi Memorial Prize (Finalist) (2018)

MMus Performance
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
2017–2019
BMus(Hons) Music Performance
University of Chichester
2011–2015

After initial studies at the University of Chichester, Hannah is in her first year of the Masters programme at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama under the tutelage of Kathryn Harries. Prior to this, previous training programmes include British Youth Opera, Glyndebourne Youth Opera including their Youth Opera Young Artists course, and National Opera Studio’s Introductory course; with performances at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Tête à Tête Opera Festival, Southbank Centre, Bridgewater Hall, St. David’s Hall, Aldeburgh Festival and Goodwood Festival of Speed with broadcasts on BBC and ITV.
Operatic roles include Barbarina and Susanna*/LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, Papagena/THE MAGIC FLUTE, Micaela/CARMEN, Nella*/GIANNI SCHICCHI, Chorus*/L’ELISIR D’AMORE and Sophie*/DER ROSENKAVALIER; she has also commissioned roles of Wisdom Moon/WHO AM I?, and Boy Soldier/WHEN I AM OLD (Hannah Conway), plus The Wife/HAWKING (John Vallis). Last summer, Hannah was featured in 2017 Glyndebourne Festival Opera’s UK premiere of Cavalli’s HIPERMESTRA directed by Graham Vick.
Concert platform performances include Canteloube's CHANTS D'AUVERGNE Vol 1 and Villa Lobos' BACHIANAS BRASILEIRAS No.5 with UoC Chamber and Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Crispin Ward, and Nielsen’s SYMPHONY No 3 with Worthing Philharmonic Orchestra under Maestro Dominic Grier. Hannah also has a strong relationship with contemporary music, portraying the roles of 1st Barbie/WHAT’S THAT SPELL? (Michael Daugherty), Nazi Soprano/WEIMAR (Adam Gorb), and Political Prisoner/COMING TOGETHER (Fredric Rzewski) with the UoC Sinfonietta conducted by Adam Swayne. This year she is a member of the BBC National Chorus of Wales, recently sung under the batons of Maestro Juanjo Mena and Maestra Xian Zhang, accompanied by BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
Hannah’s forthcoming engagements include a new commission of Qigang Chen’s JIANG TCHENG TSE with BBC NOW and the BBC Proms performing Mahler SYMPHONY No 8.
Hannah is truly thankful for the generous current financial support and in the past by Benslow Music, Musicians Benevolent Fund (Help Musicians UK),
The Prince’s Trust, and RWCMD who have helped maintain her future career path.

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