Megan Marie Hart

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Megan Marie Hart
Bourbon Baroque Release.jpg
Hart in concert with Bourbon Baroque in 2008
Born1983
Education
OccupationOperatic soprano
Websitemeganmariehart.com

Megan Marie Hart (born 1983) is an American operatic soprano from Eugene, Orgeon. A member of the Landestheater Detmold, she appeared in leading operatic roles and in concerts in America and Europe. She performed music by Jewish composers.

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] Marilyn 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] 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 victim 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 the autumn of 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 2006-01-03. Retrieved 2018-11-29.
  2. ^ CS staff (2009-06-01). "Center Stage: Megan Hart, Soprano". Classical Singer. David Wood. p. 5. Retrieved 2018-12-15. (Subscription required (help)).
  3. ^ a b "Oberlin Conservatory Magazine :: 2006". www2.oberlin.edu. Archived from the original on 2006-11-25. Retrieved 2018-11-29.
  4. ^ "Megan Hart | Seattle Opera - 50th Anniversary". Retrieved 2018-12-12.
  5. ^ a b Dougherty, Tim (2010-10-27). "Music Academy Announces Winners of Marilyn Horne Song Competition". www.noozhawk.com. Archived from the original on 2018-12-12. Retrieved 2018-12-12.
  6. ^ Seattle Opera (March 31, 2010). "A chat With Megan Hart". Archived from the original on 2012-11-21. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
  7. ^ a b "Bourbon Baroque: Alcina". KET. Archived from the original on 2014-12-24. Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  8. ^ MacMillian, Kyle (2009-07-13). "A spellbinding staging of "Rinaldo"". The Denver Post. Archived from the original on 2017-11-08. Retrieved 2018-12-13.
  9. ^ Sakir, Michael (2005-03-18). "Figaro brilliantly performed". The Oberlin Review. pp. 10, 13. Retrieved 2018-12-13.
  10. ^ Swed, Mark (2010-08-07). "Opera review: 'Don Giovanni' among the revelers in Santa Barbara". LA Times Blogs - Culture Monster. Archived from the original on 2016-11-27. Retrieved 2018-12-13.
  11. ^ McKinnon, Arlo (August 2011). "In Review: Don Giovanni, Bronx Opera, 4/13/11". Opera News. Vol. 76 no. 2. (Subscription required (help)).
  12. ^ "2014: Don Giovanni · Zomeropera". zomeropera.be. Archived from the original on 2015-09-06. Retrieved 2018-12-13.
  13. ^ Knaup, Hermann. "Parabel über die Verführbarkeit". Westfalen-Blatt (in German). Archived from the original on 2018-06-15. Retrieved 2018-12-13.
  14. ^ "Oberlin Conservatory Magazine : Of Note : Nights at the Opera". www2.oberlin.edu. Archived from the original on 2006-01-03. Retrieved 2018-12-13.
  15. ^ "La voix humaine (Francis Poulenc)". Opera Musica. Archived from the original on 2018-12-13. Retrieved 2018-12-13.
  16. ^ a b Franz-Nevermann, Ilse (2016-06-03). "Landestheater zeigt "La voix humaine" als Mono-Oper". Lippische Landes-Zeitung | Kultur (in German). Archived from the original on 2018-11-26. Retrieved 2018-12-13.
  17. ^ Yan, Sophia (2005-11-18). "Opera 'Dialogues of the Carmelites' Hits High Notes". The Oberlin Review. pp. 11, 15. Retrieved 2018-12-13.
  18. ^ Luetgebrune, Barbara (August 8, 2015). "Neu am Landestheater: Sopranistin Megan Marie Hart". Lippische Landes-Zeitung (in German). Archived from the original on 2017-11-06. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
  19. ^ Gahre, Jürgen (June 2018). "Detmold Tosca". Das Opernglas (in German). pp. 51, 52. (Subscription required (help)).
  20. ^ "Das sind die nominierten Kandidaten aus der Kategorie Musiktheater / Theaterpreis 2018 - LZ.de". lz.de (in German). 2018-06-15. Archived from the original on 2018-06-15. Retrieved 2018-12-09.
  21. ^ a b Luetgebrune, Barbara (2018-06-15). "Vier neue Theaterring-Träger und ein Abschied aus Detmold / Detmold - LZ.de". lz.de (in German). Archived from the original on 2018-06-15. Retrieved 2018-12-09.
  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. 2018-11-29. Retrieved 2018-12-09.
  24. ^ Keogh, Tom (December 5, 2008). "Concert review: Marvin Hamlisch brings warmth — and snow! — to Benaroya". seattletimes.com. Archived from the original on 2018-12-09. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
  25. ^ "Fall Concert: Cantillations". musicofremembrance.org. November 9, 2009. Archived from the original on 2014-03-17. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
  26. ^ "The Dybbuk Comes Dancing Into MOR's Fall Concert". musicofremembrance.org. September 22, 2010. Archived from the original on 2014-03-18. Retrieved October 23, 2012.
  27. ^ Harada, Jenny (2010-08-27). "Genre-hopping musician kicks of Portland art fest". The Bulletin : Go! Magazin. p. 21. Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  28. ^ "The Song Continues... Duo Recital". carnegiehall.org. January 16, 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-01-16. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
  29. ^ Zahr, Oussama. "OPERA NEWS - OperaWatch". www.operanews.com. Archived from the original on 2012-04-21. Retrieved 2018-12-10.
  30. ^ a b "52nd ANNUAL AWARDS CONCERT" (PDF). www.liederkranzny.org. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2018-12-10. Retrieved 2018-12-10.
  31. ^ "The 18th Annual Bel Canto Opera Brings Big City Voices to the Hilltowns". The White Church of Blandford. 2012-07-24. Archived from the original on 2018-12-13. Retrieved 2018-12-13.
  32. ^ meche (2014-06-04). "EVE QUELER & SEVEN EMERGING ARTISTS". vocedimeche.reviews. Archived from the original on 2018-12-13. Retrieved 2018-12-13.
  33. ^ "Eve Queler conducts Mozart's classic comedy Le nozze di Figaro". oberlin.edu. 2005-03-09. Archived from the original on 2005-10-18.
  34. ^ "An der schönen blauen Donau". www.operamusica.com. Archived from the original on 2018-12-13. Retrieved 2018-12-13.
  35. ^ "Festliche Opern Gala". www.operamusica.com. Archived from the original on 2018-12-13. Retrieved 2018-12-13.
  36. ^ bc (2016-11-26). "Überwältigend dramatisch". www.lippe-aktuell.de (in German). Archived from the original on 2018-12-10. Retrieved 2018-12-10.
  37. ^ Krügler, Thomas (2017-10-31). "Bombastisch, gigantisch, phänomenal". Lippische Landes-Zeitung (in German). p. 33.
  38. ^ Koch, Sven (2017-09-26). "Dieses musikalische Mammutwerk soll erstmals der Region präsentiert werden". lz.de (in German). Archived from the original on 2017-09-30. Retrieved 2018-12-13.

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