For a Singer in Berlin, Machen* is the Word

American Lyric Soprano Hannah Moss moves forward except in public transportation.

This blog continues its series of profiles of young international singers who went to Germany to sing and live. Their answers to a small set of questions show what it takes to move to a foreign place, mainly to Berlin, and pursue the career of their dreams. Today: Hannah Moss.

Hannah Moss

Where do you come from?
Connecticut, United States of America

Your Fach?
Lyric Soprano

Since when in Berlin?
March, 2015

Your hero in opera:
Joyce DiDonato

Your heroes in real life:
My parents

Your most recent performance:
The Ballad of East Meets West as part of Specs On International Feminist Art and Music Festival. Opera: Sandmännchen/Taumännchen in Hänsel und Gretel in Berlin.

Your next project, performance, and where:
Opera Gala in Antwerp on December 2nd.

Your favorite role:
Donna Anna

Your favorite quality in a singer:
Having a baseline of a fabulous voice, but being able to act and move. Emoting as a full character and not a park and bark voice. Full connection to the drama of the opera and telling the story.

Two things you like about Berlin:
The atmosphere of creative energy and how international it is: You make friends from all over the world.

Two things you don’t like about Berlin:
How early the sun sets in the winter and bad service in restaurants (not everywhere).

A thing or habit of Germans you find funny:

A thing or habit of Germans you find annoying:
Not moving out of the way of the doors on public transport.

A thing or habit of Germans you would like to see in your country, too:
The respect Germans have for the arts and the financial support they give it without any question.

Your favorite German word:
Machen *

(* The verb machen means to do something, to make something, to render, to create. AIF)









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Bernd Hendricks. Born in Duisburg, Germany. Based in Berlin. Writer, German Language Educator. I was six years old when I went to the opera for the first time. My Grandma took me to Hänsel und Gretel at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Duisburg. The first time I met an opera singer personally was during my time as foreign correspondent in New York when at a Christmas party a baritone pelted me with questions about the language of Zauberflöte. He was preparing for his role as Papageno. After my return to Berlin in September 2010, I have been giving German lessons to singers on their audition tours. My workshops in Berlin, Vienna, and London are based on my widely read book Ach, ich fühl’s—German for Opera Singers in Three Acts: Studying, Speaking, Singing. My latest book, Die Frist ist um—Navigate the Language of 10 German Operas, takes you on a journey through the language of the most popular and often performed operas in the German-speaking countries. I am also the author of several non-fiction books and two novels.

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