Dr. Mari Hahn
Associate Professor Mari Hahn has been the head of the voice division since 2002. She is the founder and director of the UAA Opera Ensemble, teaches Voice Masterclass, and maintains a full studio of voice majors.
Dr. Hahn received her M.M and DMA from the University of British Columbia, where she received the prestigious Killam Fellowship for two successive terms. During this time, she founded a chamber opera company, Opera Breve, and produced five critically acclaimed seasons. Her studies also included three years in Milan at the Verdi Conservatory and the Scuola Musicale.
Described as having “one of the most sumptuous voices”, soprano Mari Hahn has maintained an active career in Alaska, Canada and Europe. Past highlights with orchestra include Strauss’ Four Last Songs and Barber’s Knoxville, Summer of 1915 with the Vancouver Philharmonic. Her operatic roles have included “Pamina” with the Usti State Opera, “Despina” with Silesian State Opera in Opava, and “Sandrina” with the National State Opera in Prague. Anchorage audiences have seen her as the soprano soloist in Britten’s War Requiem, Orff’s Catulli Carmina and Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem. She performed the roles of “Peep Bo” in Anchorage Opera’s Mikado, “Giulietta” in I Capuleti e I Montecchi, and “Gretel” in Hansel and Gretel at Cyrano’s Playhouse. An avid recitalist, she has performed art song programs in Anchorage, Soldotna, Homer and Vancouver. She has collaborated recently with Karen Strid Chadwick in a concert of jazz songs on Denman Island, Canada.
Dr. Hahn frequently collaborates with the department of theater and dance, and has served as the music director for three productions: Into the Woods, A Little Night Music and Godspell. She actively includes music theater into the voice division curriculum, and frequently works with theater students on singing skills. Other accomplishments include certification in Living In A Body, a branch of the Alexander Technique. http://www.alexandersw.com/livingib/index.html
In 2008, Dr. Hahn and Anchorage Opera director Torrie Allen formed the first undergraduate Opera Apprenticeship program in North America. Students have the opportunity to receive advanced training with guest artists and Anchorage Opera staff, as well as remarkable performance opportunities. (http://www.anchorageopera.org/UAAapprentices.html) The UAA Opera Ensemble presents a major production every spring. Past productions include The Marriage of Figaro, Die Fledermaus, Magic Flute, Dido and Aeneas, and Viva Zarzuela.