American soprano Hannah De Priest is an artist equally at home in repertoire ranging from mediaeval to present-day. With a voice well-suited to the demands of early music, she specializes in baroque opera and chamber music. Recent and upcoming opera roles include Belinda in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas (Opera McGill), Ïole in Handel's Hercules (Compagnie Baroque Mont-Royal), Oberto in Handel's Alcina, (Opera McGill), and Drusilla in a special production of Monteverdi's L’incoronazione di Poppea by Haymarket Opera's inaugural young artist program. In the summer of 2015, she performed as the Shepherdess in the North American premiere of Marin Marais' Sémélé at the American Bach Soloists Academy.
A passionate advocate of chamber music, Hannah regularly performs as a soloist with Les Méandres, an emerging professional group devoted to the promotion of French music from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. She also frequently collaborates with fortepianist Michael Pecak, most recently for a presentation of Chopin songs as part of his D.Mus research.
Equally enthusiastic about solo and ensemble work, Hannah performs regularly with the esteemed Montréal-based Studio de musique ancienne Montréal. In 2017, she will sing as part of the Oregon Bach Festival Chorus in Eugene, Oregon. Previously, she has performed with I Musici, The Choir of St. Andrew and St. Paul, Voces Borealis, Contrapunctus and has performed under the baton of Jean-Marie Zeitouni, Jean-Sébastien Vallée, Hank Knox, Jeffrey Thomas, Steven Plank, Anthony Maglione, and David Skinner, among others.
Hannah holds an M.A. in historical performance practice from Case Western University, where she studied voice with Ellen Hargis, baroque dance and chamber music with Julie Andrijeski, and mediaeval music with Debra Nagy. She attended William Jewell College for her undergraduate degree, a B.A. in music. As part of her studies, she spent a year at the University of Cambridge where she sang with the Sidney Sussex College Chapel Choir under the direction of David Skinner. As a member of the choir, she toured Austria, Dubai, and the western coast of the United States. Hannah has participated in several prestigious early music training programs in North America, including the American Bach Soloists Academy, the Haymarket Young Artist Program, and the Boston Early Music Festival Young Artist Program. She has performed as part of the Early Music America's Young Performers' Festival in Boston and Berkeley, CA. She has sung in masterclasses for Dame Emma Kirkby, Barbara Bonney, Thomas Cooley, William Sharp, and Lawrence Brownlee.
Hannah currently resides in Montréal, Québec, where she is pursuing an M.M. in voice performance with a specialization in early music at McGill University. She studies with soprano Joanne Kolomyjec and coaches with Stephen Hargreaves.
Hannah De Priest is a member of the Union des Artistes and Early Music America. CV available upon request. Please contact Hannah directly if a bio is needed for a program.