Megan Marie Hart

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Megan Marie Hart
Bourbon Baroque Release.jpg
Hart in concert with Bourbon Baroque in 2008
Born1983 (age 35–36)
Education
OccupationOperatic soprano
Websitewww.meganmariehart.com

Megan Marie Hart (born 1983) is an American operatic soprano from Eugene, Oregon, performing in leading operatic roles and concerts in America and Europe.

Education[edit]

Hart received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where she was a student of Richard Miller.[1] She received a Professional Studies Certificate (PS) from Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Mignon Dunn.[2] In 2006 she attended a master class by Marilyn Horne.[3] She was a participant in Seattle Opera’s Young Artist program from 2007 to 2010.[4] In 2010 Hart again studied with Marilyn Horne, at the Music Academy of the West, where she won the Marilyn Horne Song Competition.[5] Horne has since remained Hart's teacher.[3][6]

Career[edit]

Opera[edit]

Hart's operatic repertoire spans Baroque roles such as Handel's Alcina,[7] and Almirena in his Rinaldo,[8] leading ladies in Mozart operas such as the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro,[9] Donna Anna in Don Giovanni,[10][11][12] and Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte.[13] She appeared in roles from the 20th century, such as Lady Billows in Britten's Albert Herring,[14] the title role in Poulenc's La voix humaine[15][16] and Blanche in his Dialogues of the Carmelites.[17] She has performed lirico-spinto roles such as Verdi's Luisa Miller and Gilda in his Rigoletto, Puccini's Mimì in La bohème and Tosca, and Chrysothemis in Elektra by Richard Strauss.

In 2010, a production of Alcina with Bourbon Baroque was staged for a TV recording, that has since repeatedly been aired.[7]

In 2015, Hart joined the ensemble of the Landestheater Detmold in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.[18] In 2016 Hart returned to the role of the woman in La voix humaine in an all female production, staged by Karin Kotzbauer, conducted by Sachie Mallet, in set and costumes by Tatiana Tarwitz, and with dramaturge Elizabeth Wirtz.[16] In 2018, Hart appeared as Tosca for the first time. The production was well received by critics and audience.[19] Two awards Detmolder Theaterring were bestowed, for best direction to Ernö Weil [de], and for best singer to Hart.[20][21]

Concerts[edit]

In 2008 Hart performed with the early music ensemble Bourbon Baroque.[22] The same year, she made her first TV appearance as a professional singer as the soprano soloist in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Seattle Symphony in a concert for the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu.[23][2] With the same orchestra she sang in a Holiday Pops concert conducted by Marvin Hamlisch, where she premiered his song Chanukah Lights, an original composition written for the occasion.[24] In 2009 she performed art songs composed by Lazar Weiner, a survivor of the Holocaust, with Music of Remembrance.[25] With the same ensemble she sang the soprano solo in Shostakovich's song cycle From Jewish Folk Poetry in 2010.[26] The same year, she performed excerpts from Rufus Wainwright's Prima Donna in a concert with the Oregon Symphony.[27]

Hart made her Carnegie Hall debut with art songs by Franz Liszt in January 2012.[28] She returned in March of the same year to perform in the winners concert of the Liederkranz Foundation competition, where she had won first place in the Lieder category.[29][30] In the summer of 2012, Hart sang in concerts with conductor Eve Queler, who she previously had worked with in a production of Le nozze di Figaro at Oberlin.[31][32][33] In 2013 and 2015 Hart performed arias in concerts with orchestras in Germany.[34][35] In 2016, she sang the soprano solo in Mendelssohn's oratorio Elijah.[36] In autumn 2017, Hart sang the soprano solo in Mahler's Resurrection Symphony.[37][38]

Awards and recognition[edit]


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Oberlin Conservatory Magazine :: 2005". www2.oberlin.edu. Archived from the original on January 3, 2006. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  2. ^ a b CS staff (June 1, 2009). "Center Stage: Megan Hart, Soprano". Classical Singer. David Wood. p. 5. Archived from the original on May 8, 2019. Retrieved December 15, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Oberlin Conservatory Magazine :: 2006". www2.oberlin.edu. Archived from the original on November 25, 2006. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  4. ^ "Megan Hart | Seattle Opera – 50th Anniversary". Retrieved December 12, 2018.
  5. ^ a b Dougherty, Tim (October 27, 2010). "Music Academy Announces Winners of Marilyn Horne Song Competition". www.noozhawk.com. Archived from the original on December 12, 2018. Retrieved December 12, 2018.
  6. ^ Seattle Opera (March 31, 2010). "A chat With Megan Hart". Archived from the original on November 21, 2012. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
  7. ^ a b "Bourbon Baroque: Alcina". KET. Archived from the original on December 24, 2014. Retrieved December 4, 2018.
  8. ^ MacMillian, Kyle (July 13, 2009). "A spellbinding staging of "Rinaldo"". The Denver Post. Archived from the original on November 8, 2017. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  9. ^ Sakir, Michael (March 18, 2005). "Figaro brilliantly performed". The Oberlin Review. pp. 10, 13. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  10. ^ Swed, Mark (August 7, 2010). "Opera review: 'Don Giovanni' among the revelers in Santa Barbara". LA Times Blogs – Culture Monster. Archived from the original on November 27, 2016. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  11. ^ McKinnon, Arlo (August 2011). "In Review: Don Giovanni, Bronx Opera, 4/13/11". Opera News. Vol. 76 no. 2.
  12. ^ "2014: Don Giovanni · Zomeropera". zomeropera.be. Archived from the original on September 6, 2015. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  13. ^ Knaup, Hermann. "Parabel über die Verführbarkeit". Westfalen-Blatt (in German). Archived from the original on June 15, 2018. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  14. ^ "Oberlin Conservatory Magazine : Of Note : Nights at the Opera". www2.oberlin.edu. Archived from the original on January 3, 2006. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  15. ^ "La voix humaine (Francis Poulenc)". Opera Musica. Archived from the original on December 13, 2018. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  16. ^ a b Franz-Nevermann, Ilse (June 3, 2016). "Landestheater zeigt "La voix humaine" als Mono-Oper". Lippische Landes-Zeitung | Kultur (in German). Archived from the original on November 26, 2018. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  17. ^ Yan, Sophia (November 18, 2005). "Opera 'Dialogues of the Carmelites' Hits High Notes". The Oberlin Review. pp. 11, 15. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  18. ^ Luetgebrune, Barbara (August 8, 2015). "Neu am Landestheater: Sopranistin Megan Marie Hart". Lippische Landes-Zeitung (in German). Archived from the original on November 6, 2017. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
  19. ^ Gahre, Jürgen (June 2018). "Detmold Tosca". Das Opernglas (in German). pp. 51, 52.
  20. ^ "Das sind die nominierten Kandidaten aus der Kategorie Musiktheater / Theaterpreis 2018". lz.de (in German). June 15, 2018. Archived from the original on June 15, 2018. Retrieved December 9, 2018.
  21. ^ a b Luetgebrune, Barbara (June 15, 2018). "Vier neue Theaterring-Träger und ein Abschied aus Detmold / Detmold". lz.de (in German). Archived from the original on June 15, 2018. Retrieved December 9, 2018.
  22. ^ "Baroque soiree includes dancer". The Courier-Journal. Louisville, Kentucky. September 19, 2008. p. W19.
  23. ^ "Seattle Symphony Orchestra in search of tenors and basses for "Ode to Joy" Seeds of Compassion concert | The Seattle Times". web.archive.org. November 29, 2018. Retrieved December 9, 2018.
  24. ^ Keogh, Tom (December 5, 2008). "Concert review: Marvin Hamlisch brings warmth — and snow! — to Benaroya". seattletimes.com. Archived from the original on December 9, 2018. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
  25. ^ "Fall Concert: Cantillations". musicofremembrance.org. November 9, 2009. Archived from the original on March 17, 2014. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
  26. ^ "The Dybbuk Comes Dancing Into MOR's Fall Concert". musicofremembrance.org. September 22, 2010. Archived from the original on March 18, 2014. Retrieved October 23, 2012.
  27. ^ Harada, Jenny (August 27, 2010). "Genre-hopping musician kicks of Portland art fest". The Bulletin : Go! Magazin. p. 21. Retrieved December 15, 2018.
  28. ^ "The Song Continues... Duo Recital". carnegiehall.org. January 16, 2012. Archived from the original on January 16, 2012. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
  29. ^ Zahr, Oussama. "Opera News – OperaWatch". www.operanews.com. Archived from the original on April 21, 2012. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  30. ^ a b "52nd ANNUAL AWARDS CONCERT" (PDF). www.liederkranzny.org. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 10, 2018. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  31. ^ "The 18th Annual Bel Canto Opera Brings Big City Voices to the Hilltowns". The White Church of Blandford. July 24, 2012. Archived from the original on December 13, 2018. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  32. ^ meche (June 4, 2014). "EVE QUELER & SEVEN EMERGING ARTISTS". vocedimeche.reviews. Archived from the original on December 13, 2018. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  33. ^ "Eve Queler conducts Mozart's classic comedy Le nozze di Figaro". oberlin.edu. March 9, 2005. Archived from the original on October 18, 2005.
  34. ^ "An der schönen blauen Donau". www.operamusica.com. Archived from the original on December 13, 2018. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  35. ^ "Festliche Opern Gala". www.operamusica.com. Archived from the original on December 13, 2018. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  36. ^ bc (November 26, 2016). "Überwältigend dramatisch". www.lippe-aktuell.de (in German). Archived from the original on December 10, 2018. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  37. ^ Krügler, Thomas (October 31, 2017). "Bombastisch, gigantisch, phänomenal". Lippische Landes-Zeitung (in German). p. 33.
  38. ^ Koch, Sven (September 26, 2017). "Dieses musikalische Mammutwerk soll erstmals der Region präsentiert werden". lz.de (in German). Archived from the original on September 30, 2017. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  39. ^ Koch, Sven (June 23, 2019). "Theaterpreis: Fünf Ringe für die Publikumslieblinge". Lippische Landes-Zeitung (in German). Archived from the original on June 23, 2019. Retrieved August 25, 2019.

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