BIOGRAPHY - TAMMY HENSRUD
...In addition to her Metropolitan Opera appearance, Ms. Hensrud's engagements in the United States have included appearances with the Cleveland Opera as Nancy in Britten's Albert Herring, Isoletta in Bellini's La Straniera with the Opera Orchestra of New York, Nicklausse in Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffman with Liederkranz Opera, and a tour of the United States as Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro with the New York City Opera National Company.
With more than 35 roles in her
repertoire, Ms. Hensrud
has enjoyed consistent critical acclaim.Switzerland's Opernwelt found her to possess " ... a remarkably beautiful Mezzo voice capable of many colors and nuances ... a singer who is also a natural actress."Her
versatility has allowed her
to successfully portray many pants roles from Mozart's Cherubino and Sesto, to Strauss' Octavian and Composer, as well as the Rossini heroines of Rosina, Cenerentola and Isabella.Her
highly applauded European debut in Klagenfurt as Romeo in Bellini's I Capuleti e I Montecchi came while still in the Vienna State Opera's
Young Artist Program.She
recently created the role of Mozart in the New York premiere of The Jewel Box, a "new" Mozart opera by Paul Griffiths. Ms. Hensrud
maintains a busy concert and recital schedule.She
has performed recitals in Germany, Austria and France and has recorded Gounod's Mors et Vita with the Netherlands Radio Orchestra.In the United States, Ms. Hensrud's
performances have included a solo recital at Carnegie's Weil Recital Hall and on the main stage of Carnegie Hall as the Alto Soloist in the Messiah.She
was heard at the Rutgers University
SummerFest in Mahler's Kindertotenlieder and returned to Rutgers University
as the Alto Soloist in Mahler's Third Symphony.She
has toured the United States with the Trio, Solomania, through Columbia Artists Community Concert Series performing recitals with cellist Zvi Plesser and pianist Daniel Blumenthal.A most versatile artist, Ms. Hensrud
opened the 2000 International Concert Series at Hofstra University
with a recital devoted to the music of Kurt Weill.
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 at Merkin Concert Hall, Gerold Chenoweth's Two Poems by E.E. Cummings to be released on CD later this year.
...Ms. Hensrud began her career as a cellist and has a Bachelor of Music Degree in Cello Performance.She received a Fulbright Scholarship and continued graduate studies abroad at the Opernschule, Hochschule für Musik in Stuttgart, Germany where she received an Artist Diploma.She
has also studied at the Mozarteum
in Salzburg, Austria and the Franz Liszt Musik Akadamie
in Weimar, Germany. Ms. Hensrud is Assistant Professor of Voice at Hofstra University and also a very in demand private voice teacher.