"Irresistible" soprano Hannah De Priest is gaining recognition as an emerging lyric soprano to watch.
"Irresistible" soprano Hannah De Priest is gaining recognition as an emerging lyric soprano to watch. She is currently based in Chicago but travels frequently, performing a range of repertoire as a soloist and chamber musician. Recent operatic credits include Belinda (Dido & Aeneas), Oberto (Alcina), and Ïole (Hercules). In 2017, she was a Young Artist with the Boston Early Music Festival, performing in the ensemble cast of André Campra’s Le Carnaval de Venise and covering the lead role of Isabelle. She spent this past summer at the Carmel Bach Festival as a Virginia Adams Best Fellow. Previous and upcoming oratorio engagements include Bach’s B Minor Mass, Johannes-Passion, Handel’s Messiah, and Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate. In the 2018-19 season, Hannah debuts as a soloist with Bella Voce, Madison Bach Musicians, the Newberry Consort, The Kansas City Baroque Consortium, and Ars Musica Chicago. An avid recitalist, Hannah collaborates regularly with her boyfriend, pianist/conductor Michael Pecak. As a duo, they have performed a program of Chopin songs, several recitals of 18th-century arias and songs with Michael’s Viennese fortepiano, (a replica of an instrument by Anton Walther, ca. 1795, built by Chris Maene), and a program of moon-inspired French song repertoire.
In 2017, Hannah graduated with an M.Mus in voice performance with a specialization in early music from McGill University, where she studied with Joanne Kolomyjec and coached with Stephen Hargreaves. She also holds an M.A. in historical performance practice from Case Western University.