Singer Mezzo-soprano

Hannah Esther Minutillo


Born in Jihlava in the Czech Republic, Hannah Esther Minutillo received her musical education at the Conservatory of Pardubice. After joining the "Munich Singschul" and various master classes, she emerged successfully from the vocal competitions of Trnava and Karlovy Vary. Her first guest performances lead her to Darmstadt, Vienna, Toulouse, Athens, to the Bregenz Festival, the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris as well as to Essen, Zurich, Amsterdam and Madrid. Her role debut as Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier turned out to be an important step for her international career. Consequently, she was to be heard with this role also in Kassel, Frankfurt and Hamburg. 

The breeches parts became her area of expertise: The Fox (The cuning little vixen), Idamante (Idomeneo), Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro), Sesto and Annio (La clemenza di Tito), Prince Orlofsky (The bat) and Nicklausse/La Muse (Les contes d’Hoffmann) accompanied her throughout her further career. She appeared as fox both at the Paris Châtelet and the Opéra National, in Madrid and Prague. Idamante led her to the Baden-Baden Festival and to Geneva and she performed the roles of Cherubino and Sesto at the Ludwigsburg Festival. She appeared as Annio in Darmstadt, Vienna, Paris, Amsterdam and Gran Canaria, as Prince Orlofsky at the Zurich Opera and as Nicklausse/La Muse at Madrid’s Teatro Real and at the Stuttgart State Opera. Throughout some years she was closely connected to the Munich State Opera singing various roles which reached from Monteverdi to Puccini and Wagner. With Wagner's Ring-cycle she was also engaged at the Palau de les Arts in Valencia and at the Teatro Comunale in Florence. Carmen and Charlotte (Werther), of course, equally belong to her central repertoire. In 2008, she made both her US-debut in Cleveland and her debut with Salzburg Festival. In 2014, she appeared for the first time at the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome. 

Since many years, Hannah Esther Minutillo has been performing regularly at the Opéra National in Paris, where she sang e.g. Fox, Annio, Dorabella (Così fan tutte), The Lady (Cardillac), Clarice (The love to three oranges) as well as Zefka (Janácek's Diary of one who disappeared). She performed Janácek's Diary in staged versions also in Brussels, at the Aix-en-Provence Festival and in Orléans, and she sang it in concert in Leipzig, with the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, within the Vienna Festival Weeks and at the London Wigmore Hall. As a concert soloist, she performed manifold repertoire at the Frankfurt Alte Oper, the Munich Philharmony, with the Rheingau Music Festival, the Vienna Musikverein, Konzerthaus and the Klangbogen Festival as well as with the Ruhrtriennale. 

In addition to the common repertoire, she is also interested in contemporary music and was involved in world premieres such as Boesman's Yvonne, Princesse de Bourgogne at the Opéra National in Paris in 2009 (followed by productions of the same opera in Vienna and Brussels), Dirk D'Ases L'Intruse at the Vlaamse Opera in Antwerp in 2011 (later on in Gent and at the Operadagen Festival in Rotterdam too) and Boesman's Poppea e Nerone at the Teatro Real in Madrid in 2012. She joined there in 2014 also the world-premiere of Charles Wuorinen’s opera Brokeback Mountain which achieved worldwide feedback. Hannah Esther Minutillo also enjoys focusing on rarities of the vocal repertoire; some of these projects found their way to CD-releases (Fibich's Sarka, Siegfried Wagner's Rainulf and Adelasia, Zandonai's Francesca da Rimini). Hannah Esther Minutillo's discography also includes music by Beethoven (Arte Nova) and Dvorák (Decca and Orfeo). Numerous productions of the Parisian Opéra National were released on DVD (Opus Arte, Bel Air Media, TDK) as well as the production of Janácek’s The little cunning vixen from the Paris Châtelet (Arthaus). 

May 2019


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