Soprano Tammy Hensrud, hailed by Switzerland’s Opernwelt as “…a remarkably beautiful voice capable of many colors and nuances…a singer who is also a natural actress” has appeared in opera houses throughout Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Japan, Israel, South Africa and the US including the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, Stuttgart Opera, Theatre de Chatelet in Paris, Klagenfurt Stadttheater, Salzburg Festival, Cleveland Opera, Opera Orchestra of New York, New York City Opera, and the Spoleto Arts Festival under notable conductors such as James Levine, Herbert von Karajan, Emmanuelle Villaume and others. She has been heard in Recitals and concerts throughout the US, Canada and Europe and has recorded with the Netherlands Radio Orchestra, Süddeutsche Rundfunk Orchestra, and Manhattan Chamber Orchestra. Her core repertoire includes the great operatic roles of Strauss, Mozart, Rossini, Bellini, Puccini and orchestral works of Mahler, Berlioz and Wagner. Her acclaimed European debut as Romeo in I Capuletti e i Montecchi came while still a member of the Vienna State Opera’s Young Artist Program. Invitations to opera houses in Germany, Austria and Italy soon followed.
Her versatility as a performer has allowed her to cross over into musical theater roles such as the Mother Abbess in the Sound of Music, which she sang in a three month run at the Ordway Theater in Minneapolis. As a sought after interpreter of Kurt Weill, she has performed one woman Kurt Weill/Cabaret shows at The National Concert Hall in Dublin, Ireland, The Players Club Bechstein Concert Series and the Lucille Lortel Theater in New York. 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. Other recent concert engagements include Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn, Berlioz’s Les Nuit d’ete, Vivaldi’s Gloria with the Songe d’ete Quebec, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and the Soprano Soloist in world premiere of Gerald Custer’s Everything Indicates at Carnegie Hall. Ms. Hensrud has frequently appeared with the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra in world premiere concerts featuring American composers at Merkin Hall and Symphony Space, has toured the United States with the Trio, Solomania, performing recitals with cellist Zvi Plesser and pianist Daniel Blumenthal, has appeared in concert with the award winning Chiara String Quartet as well as with her Trio, The Enigma Trio with Svetlana Goroghovich, Piano and Ben Capps, Cello, in Vocal Chamber recitals. In 2008 Ms. Hensrud co-founded Feminine Musique, a recital duo dedicated to performing the compositions of women composers which has performed throughout the United States and Europe.
A most versatile artist, she has performed at the Metropolitan, New York City, Stuttgart, and Vienna State Operas, the Salzburg and Spoleto Festivals and in Musical Theater, Cabaret and Kurt Weill one-woman shows both in NY and abroad. Ms. Hensrud serves on the Faculties of Hofstra University and St. Olaf College as Professor of Voice.
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. She premiered Adolphus Hailstork’s “I Speak Peace” with the Bismarck Symphony for Soprano soloist and Children’s Choir in honor of President John F. Kennedy. Ms. Hensrud created two premiere roles with the Center for Contemporary Opera in NYC: Marie-Hélène in François Dompierre’s “Is Paris Burning?” and Rose Kennedy in Chandler Carter’s opera “Bobby” .
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. Further studies were 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, National Adjudicator, and Clinician. She has served on the faculty of Hofstra University as Adjunct Professor of Voice since 2005, is currently Visiting Professor of Voice at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN and is on the faculty of several prestigious Summer Young Artist Programs in the New York area. Additionally she serves as Vocal Director of the Oyster Bay Summer Music Festival, focusing on Collaborative Vocal Chamber music repertoire.
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