Lyric Mezzo Soprano Hannah Mason completed her training at English National Opera on their acclaimed Opera Works training programme in 2013. She was born in Leeds and whilst still at school she was chosen to study with Nicholas Powell at the Royal Northern College of Music. She was then awarded a scholarship to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and began her studies with David Pollard.
In 2018 Hannah returned to The Royal Opera House Covent Garden to sing in The Chichister Psalms for their Bernstein Centenary with The Royal Ballet. In May Hannah will perform in Ravello, Italy with London Festival Opera in a week of Opera Galas. Other future plans include the role of Blumenmächen in Saffron Opera Group's Parsifal, J.S.Bach's Ich habe genug for the Saltaire Arts Festival, an evening of Debussy as part of the Cafe Culture Concert Series with the Skipton Camerata, Opera Gala in Hull for the RNLI and an evening of English music with the Sheffield Bach Choir.
In 2017 Hannah joined the chorus of The Royal Opera House Covent Garden in their production of Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg directed by Kasper Holten and conducted by Antonio Pappano. She then sang with Opera North in their concert performance of Turandot conducted by Sir Richard Armstrong. In the summer Hannah will create the role of Mother in the world premiere of The Ice Cream Opera written by Ian McMillan and Russell Sarre. Hannah will then return to ENO in the Autumn to sing in Aida directed by Phelim McDermott. Concerts include a UK tour as guest soloist with Lesley Garrett, Pergolesi Stabat Mater at Bradford Cathedral, Mozart Requiem and Vespers with Doncaster Choral Society, Elgar's Sea Pictures at Middle Temple Hall London, Handel's Messiah with Skipton Camerata and singing at the Hull FC vs Leeds Rhinos match live on Sky Sports.
In 2016 Hannah sang with ENO in their productions of The Pearl Fishers, The Magic Flute, Norma and Akhnaten. She premiered a new opera playing the role of the Queen Bee in The Swarm composed by Heloise Tunstall and directed by Roswitha Gerlitz. She covered the role of Siegrune in Saffron Opera Group- Die Walkure. Other concerts include Elijah with the Keighley Vocal Union, Messiah with Manchester Camerata and the Harrogate Choral Society, Grassington Festival and also with the Skipton Camerata. Opera galas in Hull for the RNLI and the Burley in Wharfedale Summer Festival.
In 2015 Hannah started the year singing the role of Apprentice in The Mastersingers of Nuremberg at ENO and then made her Opera North debut covering the role of Mother in Jonathan Dove's Swanhunter. In the summer Hannah joined Tete a Tete performing in their Pop Up Operas for their Opera Festival and in the autumn sang with ENO in The Force Of Destiny and La Boheme. Concert work included Beethoven Symphony No 9, Berlioz Les nuits d'ete, John Rutter's Feel The Spirit and Handel's Messiah.
Highlights in 2014 include the role of Susanna in Graham Vick's production of Mussorgsky's Khovanskygate with Birmingham Opera Company and the CBSO conducted by Stuart Stratford. Pearl Fishers and Otello with ENO, Mendelssohn's Elijah at Oxford Town Hall, Handel's Messiah at the Grassington Festival with Bonaventura Bottone and again with the Skipton Camerata and Dame Emma Kirkby.
As part of ENO's Opera Works Hannah was chosen to study the roles of Carmen, Juno in Handel's Semele and Dido in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas. Other operatic roles have included the title role in La Cenerentola (Opera South East, London Opera Productions and Oyster Opera) Hansel Hansel and Gretel (Buxton Festival) Dido Dido and Aeneas (Skipton Camerata), Ruggiero Alcina (London Gala Orchestra at St James' Piccadilly) Suzuki Madama Butterfly (IMG with Co-Opera Ireland and Grassington Festival) Mercedes Carmen (Winslow Hall Opera) Dorabella Cosi Fan Tutte (London Opera Productions, Oyster Opera and Opera UK) Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro (Oyster Opera) Carmen (Palace Opera) Olga Eugene Onegin (Lakeland Opera) Maddalena and Countess Ceprano Rigoletto (First Act Opera International) 2nd Lady The Magic Flute (Opera Del Mar) Flora La Traviata (Oyster Opera) Dolcina Suor Angelica (Buxton Festival) Annina Der Rosenkavalier (Northern Wagner Orchestra) Flower Maiden Parsifal (Palace Opera and Edinburgh Opera Players) Waltraute Die Walkure (Northern Wagner Orchestra) 2nd Norn, Götterdämmerung (Northern Wagner Orchestra) Mary Der Fliegender Hollander Leeds College of Music) Siren Tannhäuser (Northern Wagner Orchestra) and Bianca The Rape of Lucretia (Opera in the City).
An experienced recitalist and concert performer, highlights include Elgar Sea Pictures at St Martin in the Fields and Grimsby Minster and de Falla's El sombrero de tres picos with the Kensington Symphony Orchestra at St John Smith Square.
Hannah has performed extensively in oratorios including Mozart Mass in C minor, Vesperaes and Requiem, Beethoven Mass in C and Choral Fantasia, Handel Messiah, Mendelssohn Elijah, Pergolesi Stabat Mater, Rossini Petite Messe Solenelle, Haydn Nelson Mass, Tippet Child of Our Time, Vivaldi Gloria and Verdi Requiem performing in venues including The Royal Albert Hall, The Barbican, St Martin in the Fields and the National Portrait Gallery, London.
Education workshops have included performing the title role in Carmen with Opera North, ENO, Lakeland Opera and First Act Opera International, Olga with Lakeland Opera, Hansel with First Act Opera and Dido with the Skipton Camerata.