TAMMY HENSRUD | SOPRANO
Soprano Tammy Hensrud has appeared in opera houses throughout Europe and the US including the Vienna State Opera, Stuttgart Opera, Theatre de Chatelet in Paris, Klagenfurt Stadttheater, the Salzburg Summer and Easter Festivals, the Metropolitan Opera, Cleveland Opera, Opera Orchestra of New York, Liederkranz Opera, and the Spoleto Arts Festival under the batons of James Levine, Herbert Von Karajan, Emmanuelle Villaume, Eve Queler and others. Following a successful career with more than 35 roles in the mezzo soprano repertoire to her credit, Ms. Hensrud has embarked on what is quickly becoming an equally successful career as a performer of challenging and diverse soprano roles such as Marie, Senta, Chrysothemis and Vanessa along with such roles as Donna Elvira, Tosca and Lisa. Throughout her career, Ms. Hensrud enjoyed consistent critical acclaim. Switzerland’s Opernwelt found her to possess “…a remarkably beautiful…voice capable of many colors and nuances…a singer who is also a natural actress.” Her versatility allowed her to successfully portray many pants roles from Mozart’s Cherubino and Sesto, to Strauss’ Octavian and Composer, as well as the Rossini heroines of Rosina, Cenerentola and Isabella. Her highly applauded European debut in Klagenfurt as Romeo in Bellini’s I Capuleti e I Montecchi came while still in the Vienna State Opera’s Young Artist Program. She created the role of Mozart in the New York premiere of The Jewel Box, a new opera by Paul Griffiths.
Recent operatic debut highlights include her acclaimed debut with the Spoleto Arts Festival as Jenny in Kurt Weill’s Der Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny , Mimi in La Boheme, title roles of Carmen, Tosca, Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte and The Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors. In June 2010, Ms. Hensrud was featured as the Soprano soloist at Carnegie Hall in Gerald Custer’s world premiere of Everything Indicates. Other recent concert engagements include Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn, Berlioz’s Les Nuit d’ete, a one woman Kurt Weill show Bringing the Wall Down, One Song at a Time at The Players Club Bechstein Concert Series, Vivaldi’s Gloria with the Songe d’ete Quebec, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Grand Forks Symphony, Mozart concert arias with the Long Island Virtuosi and Musica Reginae Productions Orchestras, a world premiere concert featuring American composers with the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra at Merkin Hall, The Messiah at Carnegie Hall with Mid America Productions, and repeat solo engagements with the Waldorf Choral Society, the American Chamber Ensemble, New York Virtuosi, the Fingerlakes Chamber Music Festival and the Ridotto Concert Series. Additionally, Ms. Hensrud has been heard in concert with the Si-Yo Society, the Liederkranz Foundation, the Kosciuszko Foundation, The House of the Redeemer Concert Series, Old Westbury Gardens Recital Series, Santosha Center for the Arts, Astman International Concert Series, and in a one woman show, Chanson to Cabaret at the Lucille Lortel Theater in New York. New York audiences have heard Ms. Hensrud as the Soprano soloist at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in the Christmas City Sings Concert and in Dubois’ Seven Last Words. Ms. Hensrud has performed recitals throughout Germany, Austria and France and has recorded Gounod’s Mors et Vita with the Netherlands Radio Orchestra. In the United States, Ms. Hensrud was heard at the Rutgers University SummerFest in Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder and returned to Rutgers University to sing in Mahler’s Third Symphony. She has toured the United States with the Trio, Solomania, performing recitals with cellist Zvi Plesser and pianist Daniel Blumenthal. A most versatile artist, Ms. Hensrud has appeared in concert with the award winning Chiara String Quartet in Vocal Chamber recitals and in 2008 co-founded Feminine Musique, a Recital Duo dedicated to performing the compositions of women composers.
As a proponent of contemporary music, Ms. Hensrud has sung the World Premiere Performance of Christoph Hohlfeld’s Zwei Legenden for the Sud-Deutsche Rundfunk, Richard Yardumian’s To Mary in Heaven, Richard Ratner’s Spoon River Anthology, Mrs. Evans, in the Blitzstein/Lehrman Opera Sacco and Vanzetti, and with the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra has recorded Gerold Chenoweth’s Two Poems by e.e. cummings and a premiere of Seymour Barab’s one woman opera Everything Must Be Perfect.
Ms. Hensrud began her career as a cellist and holds the Bachelor of Music Degree in Cello Performance, Master of Music and Master of Arts degrees from the University of North Dakota. She received a Fulbright Scholarship and continued post-graduate studies abroad at the Opernschule, Hochschule für Musik in Stuttgart, Germany where she received an Artist Diploma. She has also studied at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, the Franz Liszt Musik Akadamie in Weimar, Germany and the L’ecole Hindemith in Vevey, Switzerland. Ms. Hensrud is often in demand as a Master Class teacher, adjudicator, clinician and has served on the faculty of Hofstra University as Adjunct Professor of Voice since 2005.