Award-winning Canadian Soprano Makes Her San Miguel Debut
By Susan Varcoe
Hannah Pagenkopf, soprano,
with Susan Varcoe, piano
From Early Music to Musical Theater
Tue, Sep 22, 7pm
Hernández Macias 75
Tickets at La Conexión, Aldama 3
Solutions, Recreo 11
Los Milagros, Reloj 17
or at the door a half hour before performance
Canadian soprano on the rise, Hannah Pagenkopf of Calgary, Alberta, will be performing in San Miguel de Allende. I spoke with her about her musical selections for the concert and about her exciting career as a young singer of opera and art song.
Susan Varcoe: You have an upcoming performance in San Miguel on September 22. Tell me about that performance.
Hannah Pagenkopf: This will be a concert of vocal music with piano accompaniment. We’ve chosen a wide range of music—everything from Bach to musical theater, including French art song, German lieder, and opera arias—a good variety for the audience.
SV: Which opera arias?
HP: Two of the arias I plan to sing are the sweet, lilting “Deh vieni non tardar” from Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, and “Ah, je veux vivre,” a coloratura tour de force from Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet.
SV: What brings you to San Miguel?
HP: I am here at the invitation of Canadian composer and guitarist Bryan Townsend, a long-time San Miguel resident. We will be recording a set of songs he has written for guitar and soprano.
SV: How did you get into singing?
HP: I played violin for a number of years when I was younger, and when I stopped, I was always singing around the house. My mom suggested I might like to take some singing lessons, and I did and really enjoyed them. The more I sang the more I loved it, and it just took off from there!
SV: What is your favorite genre of music to sing?
HP: I love singing almost anything, but my favorite genres are early music, such as Bach and Handel, as well as opera, especially Mozart. Musical theater songs from the 1930s and ‘40s are also favorites.
SV: Can you tell me some of the highlights of your performing career so far?
HP: I had the opportunity to sing Mozart’s “Exultate Jubilate” with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra last March, and that was an incredible experience. I recently performed the role of Giannetta in a hilarious production of Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love. It was set in the 1980s and was a wild ride!
SP: How about upcoming performances?
HP: I am a roster artist with an opera company in Calgary, and we will have a number of performances throughout the year. As well, I will be singing with The Early Music Voices, Calgary’s main early music organization. I will also be a soloist in John Rutter’s Requiem, which is being presented in November.