Egyptian-American mezzo-soprano Sahar Hassan is a gifted and exciting singer. Her lush and vibrant voice is beautifully enhanced by her innate musical sensitivity. Ms. Hassan’s talents have taken her to various stages, concert and recital venues throughout New England, the Midwest and West Coast. Ms. Hassan made her operatic debut with Fresno Lyric Opera, in California, as Barbarina in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and her roles have included Vitellia in La Clemenza di Tito, (Mozart); Gretel in Hansel und Gretel, (Humperdinck); Manon in Manon, (Massenet); Hero in Beatrice et Benedict, (Berlioz); Despina in Cosi fan Tutte, (Mozart); Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, (Mozart); Abigale in The Crucible, (Ward)and Marianne in Tartuffe, (Mechem). On the East Coast, Ms. Hassan has been a soloist with the Sixteen Singers, Spectrum Singers, Andover Choral Society and she was the founder of the successful Ensemble Rossignol for soprano, clarinet/flute and piano. Ms. Hassan’s oratorio repertoire includes Haydn’s Theresien Mass, Mozart’s Requiem, Piccolomini Mass and his Coronation Mass, Schubert’s Mass in G, Vivaldi’s Gloria and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms. She was a guest artist at New England Conservatory, Chappaquiddick Summer Music Festival, Duxbury Center for the Arts, Longy School of Music and The French Library & Cultural Center, in Boston. In the Twin Cities, Ms. Hassan has enjoyed working with composer David Evan Thomas and was invited to perform Heitor Villa-Lobos’s Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 at Sundin Hall and at Bravo! Institute. She has been a soloist at Saint Agnes Church, in Saint Paul. Ms. Hassan is a member of the substitute roster for Handel and Haydn Society vocal ensemble. She maintains a busy performing schedule with Ladyslipper Ensemble, of which she is the artistic director. Ms. Hassan earned her Master of Music from the New England Conservatory of Music and has studied at the Hochschule für Musik in München, Germany and the Conservatoire de Versailles in France. She has served on the faculties of Wellesley College, Phillips Exeter Academy, in New Hampshire, New England Conservatory’s Division of Preparatory and Continuing Education, Salve Regina University, in Newport, Rhodes Island, College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University, in Collegeville, Minnesota, as well as the Wellesley Composers’ Conference, where she was a chamber music coach. Currently, Ms. Hassan is on the voice faculty at McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is a recipient of a 2017 Artist Initiative grant made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. She is training to be a certified Alexander Teacher.
- Bryce R. VanHoosen
- Corey Head