Hannah Shea



(She/Her) Hannah Shea is currently in her first year as a Cafritz Young Artist at Washington National Opera. This season she will sing the Third Maid in Strauss' ELEKTRA and partake in the American Opera Inititive workshop and performances. Hannah holds an MM from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University. In her free time she loves to knit and crochet!
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Third Maid
Washington National Opera

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Hannah Shea

Mezzo-soprano Hannah Shea is currently in her first year as a Cafritz Young Artists of the Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center for their 2021-2022 season. She will make her house debut as Mercédès in Bizet’s CARMEN. Other season highlights include an appearance with the National Symphony Orchestra as the alto soloist in Mozart’s REQUIEM under the baton of Maestro Gianandrea Noseda, and performing Mercédès in the CARMEN “Torreador” scene on the 44th Annual Kennedy Center Honors. This season Hannah is also covering the roles of Dorabella in COSÌ FAN TUTTE and Powerful Woman/Adelaide Johnson in RISE (Sankaram) at WNO. Hannah was recently a finalist in Houston Grand Opera’s (HGO) 2021 Eleanor McCollum Competition, Pittsburgh Festival Opera’s 2020 Mildred Miller International Voice Competition, and the 2020 Houston Saengerbund Awards.  An alumna of the HGO Young Artist Vocal Academy (2019), Hannah has since performed in HGO’s virtual outreach production of Katie: The Strongest of the Strong by Faye Chiao in the fall of 2020.  During her studies at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, Hannah sang the La tasse chinoise in Ravel’s L’ENFANT ET LES SORTILÈGES and Nelda in Kamala Sankaram’s TAKING UP SERPENTS. She also appeared as the title role in scenes from Bizet’s CARMEN and Federico Moreno Torroba’s LUISA FERNANDA.  A lover of new music, Hannah premiered Songs of Strength, a song cycle dedicated to her previous voice teacher, Metropolitan Opera mezzo Mildred Miller. In 2019 the work was commissioned, premiered, and recorded by her alma mater Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), composed by Marilyn Taft Thomas, and featured the poetry of Maya Angelou.  No stranger to the concert stage, Hannah has performed as the alto soloist in Prokofiev’s ALEXANDER NEVSKY (CMU), Handel’s MESSIAH (Bach Choir of Pittsburgh), and as a Street Singer in Bernstein’s MASS (Brevard Music Center). Other previous operatic roles include the Third Lady in Mozart’s DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE, Fidalma in Cimarosa’s IL MATRIMONIO SEGRETO, and Prince Orlofsky in J. Strauss’ DIE FLEDERMAUS, all performed with the CMU School of Music. She has also covered the roles of the Old Lady in Bernstein’s CANDIDE (Brevard Music Center), and the title role in Handel’s XERXES (Pittsburgh Festival Opera). Hannah holds her master’s degree from Rice University and her bachelor’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University.



Washington, D.C.

Cafritz Young Artist

2021 - Present