The New York Times calls mezzo-soprano Hannah Ludwig “best in show” and further exclaims “Her tone chocolaty and large, yet with focus and agility, she captured the integral aspect of bel canto…expression emerging from a long, intelligently shaped musical line.” In the 2021-22 season, she makes her debut with Portland Opera as the District Attorney in Davis’ Central Park Five and sings excerpts of Adalgisa in Norma in a concert of bel canto repertoire with the Sacramento Philharmonic. She also joins Boston Lyric Opera as Ljubica in a film version on Sokolović’s Svadba. Her future engagements include her debut with the National Symphony Orchestra and a return to Dallas Opera. Last season, she returned to Teatro Nuovo as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia in the first in-person opera production in New York City since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. She sang the same role earlier in the season in a made-for-digital production with Opera Louisiane and is presented in “Songs from a Distance,” a recital featuring Schubert, Argento, Boyle, and Musto as well as a series of outdoor concerts by Opera Delaware and Baltimore Concert Opera.
Her scheduled performances of Szymanowski’s Stabat mater with Gianandrea Noseda conducting the National Symphony Orchestra and debut with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Buenos Aires at the Teatro Colón Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde were cancelled in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Her third role debut with Teatro Nuovo, Calbo in Maometto II, her international debut in a solo program of bel canto repertoire originally written for the castrato fact with the Bochumer Symphoniker, and a return to the Columbus Symphony for Handel’s Messiah will be rescheduled for future seasons. Also cancelled in the wake of the pandemic debut with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Buenos Aires at the Teatro Colón Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde.
A prolific interpreter of the repertoire of Rossini, she has previously joined Teatro Nuovo as Pippo in La gazza ladra and Isaura in Tancredi as well as earlier performances of Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Annapolis Opera. Also in the bel canto realm, she sang her first performances of Giovanna Seymour in Anna Bolena with Baltimore Concert Opera and Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor with Opera Philadelphia. She made her Dallas Opera debut as Dritte Dame in Die Zauberflöte. On the concert stage, she sang her first performances of Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky with the Colorado Symphony and Mozart’s Requiem with the Columbus Symphony, both under the baton of Rossen Milanov, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the Flint Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Ludwig is a 2018 graduate of the prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts, at which she sang a host of roles that include Isabella in L’italiana in Algeri, Charlotte in Werther, Maddalena in Rigoletto, Fricka in Das Rheingold, Azucena in Il trovatore, Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos, Dritte Dame in Die Zauberflöte, and the Nurse in The Demon. With the Aspen Music Festival, she performed Ursule in Béatrice et Bénédict conducted by Johannes Debus and Sesto in La clemenza di Tito led by Maestro Jane Glover. In her home state of California, she has sung Ruggiero in Alcina at the Napa Music Festival. Her ecent concert appearances include Handel’s Messiah with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as well as Mozart’s Requiem and Forrest’s Requiem for the Living with MidAmerica Productions at Carnegie Hall.
She recently won second place in the 2018 Loren L Zachary Society for the Performing Arts Vocal Competition. She has received encouragement awards from the James Toland Vocal Arts Competition, Jensen Foundation Vocal Competition, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Gulf Coast Region, and the Licia Albanese-Puccini International Vocal Competition. She is also a grant winner of the Giulio Gari Vocal competition.
Prior to attending the Academy of Vocal Arts, Ms. Ludwig received her Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from the University of the Pacific