British mezzo soprano Hanna-Liisa Kirchin is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music and English National Opera’s Opera Works programme. She is an alumnus of the National Opera Studio and studies with soprano Nelly Miricioiu.
In the current season Hanna-Liisa makes her debut with Welsh National Opera as Woodpecker The Cunning Little Vixen for Welsh National Opera, and performs Siébel Faust and Mère Marie Dialogues des Carmélites with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Zapopan in Mexico.
Recent highlights include Flora in a new production of La traviata for the Nederlandse Reisopera; Mayor's Wife Jenůfa and Wowkle La fanciulla del West for Grange Park Opera; Ruggiero Alcina and Orfeo Orfeo ed Euridice for Longborough Festival Opera; Kate Pinkerton for Iford Arts; and her international debut as Fidalma Il matrimonio segreto in a co-production between the Dutch National Opera, Nederlandse Reisopera and Opera Zuid.
Operatic roles include Angelina La Cenerentola, Sesto La clemenza di Tito, Mercédès Carmen, Mrs Herring Albert Herring, Xerxes Xerxes, Penelope Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, and Masha Paradise Moscow; Old Nog in Stephen McNeff’s Tarka the Otter (Buxton International Festival); 3rd Wild Goose/Poppet Paul Bunyan (British Youth Opera); and Ensemble Orfeo (Bayerische Staatsoper). Roles understudied include Arsace Partenope (English National Opera); Tisbe La Cenerentola and Hélène War and Peace (Welsh National Opera); and Varvara Káťa Kabanová (Scottish Opera).
On the concert platform, works include Beethoven Mass in C, Mendelssohn Elijah, Elgar Sea Pictures, Haydn Paukenmesse, Handel Messiah, Bach Magnificat and St. John Passion, Rossini Petite messe solennelle and Mozart Requiem. She also performed the world premiere of Nigel Osborne's Bosnian Voices with the critically acclaimed Liverpool Philharmonic 10/10 ensemble and performed at the Oxford Lieder Festival.
Awards have included the Miriam Licette Scholarship (Help Musicians UK), the RNCM Elizabeth Harwood Memorial Prize and an Opera Awards Foundation Bursary. She was a finalist in the Jette Parker Young Artist auditions at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in 2014 and 2015, and a 2015 Les Azuriales Young Artist.
Orfeo / Orfeo ed Euridice / Longborough Festival Opera / 2017
“Hanna-Liisa Kirchin brings human nobility and ardour as Orfeo in lamenting the death of Euridice"
“Hanna-Liisa Kirchin sang with heart on her sleeve emotion to carry the opera as Orfeo..."
(Seen & Heard International)
Ruggiero / Alcina / Longborough Festival Opera / 2016
"Hanna-Liisa Kirchin rose to the occasion with a performance that was both musically and emotionally of the highest order.”
(Seen & Heard International)
Fidalma / Il matrimonio segreto / Dutch National Opera / 2016
“...their aunt Fidalma was hilariously played by Hanna-Liisa Kirchin. With her the trio of ladies was perfectly cast."
(Place de l’Opera)
“Hanna-Liisa Kirchin is very strong as an acting character. On top of that this student from Nelly Miricioiu has a brave, bold voice that deserves the highest praise."