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"As Cherubino Hannah Fraser showed an earthy vocal quality in her two arias especially in “Voi Che Sapete,” where voice relished in the long lines Mozart gives this character. She played the character with a timidity and it almost seemed as her Cherubino was always uncomfortable. Of course, there was a flirtatious nature as Fraser’s constantly gave winks toward the Countess and Susanna"
- OPERAWIRE, Prague
"The rocking bass and Hannah’s fluid, silky voice with flute doubling
an octave higher lent an ideal serenity to this aria..."
"It was a powerhouse performance"
CITY NEWS, CANBERRA
"...revealing a voice that sounded a perfect fit with Brahms in a characteristic deeply emotional mood. It was mellow and gentle but of wonderful richness and probably one of the finest mezzos in Australasia"
- CLASSICAL MUSIC REVIEWS, WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND
Photo Credit: Noni Carroll
Australian mezzo-soprano Hannah Fraser completed her Bachelor of Music at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2013. Following her graduation, she took up a position with Song Company, Australia’s most prestigious vocal group. Both as an operatic soloist and through her continuing experience as a consort singer, Hannah’s schedule has consisted of a mix of national and international touring, multiple subscription series across Australia, festivals, recording and broadcast projects, fully-staged operas, educational activities and cross-artform collaborative projects.
In 2017 Hannah made her operatic debut in Austria and the Czech Republic as part of the Prague Summer Nights Festival where she performed the role of Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro, Mozart). She then relocated to Italy, and. In 2018 she was one of 15 candidates selected from around the world to join the Academy of Belcanto “Rodolfo Celletti” in collaboration with the reputable Festival della Valle d’Itria. It was here she studied the art of Belcanto singing with many of Italy's most respected coaches & directors, preparing and presenting a variety of operatic programs. Following her masterclasses with Fabio Luisi & Richard Bonynge AC, CBE, she was selected to perform Stravinsky’s Three Songs from William Shakespeare and the roles of Berta in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Rossini and Angelina in La Cenerentola, Rossini.
In 2019 Hannah performed Pergolesi's Stabat Mater & Vivaldi's Stabat Mater as a result of winning the 'ex-aequo prize of the XIII ancient Fatima Terzo' early music competition in Italy. On the concert platform, Hannah is versed in a wide variety of styles and genres though specialises in early music. She has performed Hildegard's Ordo Virtutum, Orazio Vecchi's A Night in Siena, Demantius's St John Passion, Monteverdi's Missa in illo tempore, Handel's Messiah and Saul, Bach’s B Minor Mass, Magnificat & St John Passion, Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, Vivaldi's Stabat Mater, Girolamo Abo’s Stabat Mater, Haydn's Seven Last Words, Mozart’s Requiem, Faure’s Requiem, Beethoven's Mass in C, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Schumann's Requiem für Mignon, Durufle’s Requiem and Berio's Cries of London. Her chorus works include; Purcell’s King Arthur, Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride and Handel’s Theodora.
2020 and 2021 have been difficult years for everybody, those in the arts included, and Hannah moved back to Australia from Italy in March 2020. She found herself with time to create and explore future opportunities and was involved in the establishment of Vocal Detour. She enjoyed creating education modules for Moorambilla Voices, which allowed children to continue engaging with music from all around Australia. She also revisited her passion for writing music, and began putting together her own productions. She felt fortunate to fit in performances with Bach Akademie, Vocal Detour, Luminescence and The Song Company where possible, and those concerts were able to be streamed worldwide on the Melbourne Digital Concert Hall. She is already looking eagerly forward to all the concerts that 2022 has in store.
Last updated October, 2021
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