Press - Reviews and features

Impeccable... Irresistible...
Headshot by Elizabeth Delage

Headshot by Elizabeth Delage

Praise from Chicago Classical Review, John von Rhein 5/21/2019

“The soprano aria 'Let the righteous be glad' was beautifully sung by Hannah De Priest, a natural Handelian, shining of tone and finely poised of expression.” (Feview of Bella Voce’s “Welcome to all the Pleasures”)
| Click here to read full review |


From the Elgin Review - Review of Dixit Dominus with Elgin Master Chorale 4/14/2019

“Five stalwart soloists handled the inner movements of the piece, managing long and complex melodies on a single vowel with fine breath control… Sopranos Hannah De Priest and Henriët Fourie displayed sparkling technique and meshed nicely as a duet in part seven.”| Click here to read the full review |

From Chicago Classical Review - Review of Le Jardin de Mélodies with The Newberry Consort 4/6/2019

Hannah De Priest made a most impressive Newberry Consort debut, displaying a light, flexible and bell-clear soprano ideal for this repertoire. Backed by the three men, De Priest conveyed the sweet-sad essence of “Laissez la verde couleur” by Anonymous. Sermisy’s ensuing “Il me suffit” takes the same lovelorn theme into more tragic regions, here given with an aptly dirge-like drum accompaniment. | Click here to read the full review. |


Praise From Vocal Arts Chicago - “Three Artists You Should Hear” 2/21/2019

“On Friday you have two chances to hear the blossoming Baroque diva Hannah De Priest in Trio Speranza’s Handel-centric program. The understanding of rhetoric, the use of gesture in musical phrasing as well as in the body, the technique for vocal fireworks, a beautiful tone, and creative ornamentation are qualities we seek in a Handelian. Hannah De Priest is a Handelian. I first heard De Priest as a Young Artist at the 2017 Boston Early Music Festival, where she was covering Amanda Forsythe in the festival centerpiece opera. Her poise and intelligence were immediately apparent. Now based in Chicago, she is quickly ascending the ranks of musicians who specialize in Early Music, having already collaborated with Bella Voce, Trio Speranza, and soon with Newberry Consort.” | Click here to read the full feature |

18033363_1650982818253173_7946437970187606166_n.jpg

As Belinda in Dido & Aeneas with Opera McGill

“Among the other soloists, we note the impeccable Hannah De Priest, who makes an irresistible Belinda, with an agile voice that is always easy and never harsh…” (translated from French - L’Opera Magazine)

schmopera.png

In the summer of 2017, Hannah was featured as part of Schmopera’s Summer Spotlight Series, which highlights rising vocal stars.

“Rising soprano Hannah De Priest is carving out a specialty in Early Music…In our latest Spotlight feature, De Priest chats about the definition of good singing, the “dynamic music-making” among Early Music circles…”

| Click here to read the full interview |