Mezzo-Soprano Tammy Hensrud, hailed by Switzerlandʼs Opernwelt as “…a remarkably beautiful voice capable of many colors and nuances…a singer who is also a natural actress” has appeared in opera houses throughout Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Japan, Israel, South Africa and the US including the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, Stuttgart Opera, Theatre de Chatelet in Paris, Klagenfurt Stadttheater, Salzburg Festival, Cleveland Opera, Opera Orchestra of New York, New York City Opera, and the Spoleto Arts Festival under notable conductors such as James Levine, Herbert von Karajan and Emmanuelle Villaume and others. She has been heard in Recitals and concerts throughout the US, Canada and Europe and has recorded with the Netherlands Radio Orchestra, Süddeutsche Rundfunk Orchestra, and Manhattan Chamber Orchestra. Her core repertoire includes the great operatic roles of Strauss, Mozart, Rossini, Bellini, Puccini and orchestral works of Mahler, Berlioz and Wagner. Her acclaimed European debut as Romeo in “I Capuletti e i Montecchi” came while still a member of the Vienna State Opera’s Young Artist Program. Invitations to opera houses in Germany, Austria and Italy soon followed.
A most versatile artist, Ms. Hensrud has performed extensively with the American Chamber Ensemble, New York Virtuosi, Chiari String Quartet, Ridotto Arts, Rutgers Sommerfest, and the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra. She has been heard in solo performances at Symphony Space, Weill, Carnegie and Merkin Concert Halls, Tilles Center, and at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in NYC. In demand as an interpreter of Kurt Weill and Cabaret, she has performed one-woman shows at the Lucille Lortel Theater and the Players Club in NYC as well as venues throughout the USA. As a proponent of contemporary music, Ms. Hensrud has sung world premieres both in the US and in Europe and was recently featured as the Soprano soloist at Carnegie Hall in the world premiere performance of Gerald Custerʼs “Everything Indicates” and the world premiere performance of “I Speak of Peace” composed by Adolphus Hailstork in honor of President John F. Kennedy. She created the roles of Marie Helene and Rose Kennedy in world premiere operas for the Center for Contemporary Opera and last Season, Ms. Hensrud was featured as Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music at the Ordway Theater in St. Paul, MN.
Ms. Hensrud earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Cello performance and Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of North Dakota. She continued her post-graduate studies on Voice as the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship in Stuttgart, Germany, where she received the Artist Diploma in Opera. Additional studies were at Salzburg’s Mozarteum, the Franz Liszt Musik Akademie, and the Lʼecole Hindemith in Vevey, Switzerland.