Egyptian American mezzo-soprano, Sahar Hassan (saharhasssan.com) is a gifted and exciting singer, known for her innate musical sensitivity. She made her operatic debut with Fresno Lyric Opera, as Barbarina in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. Sahar is the artistic director of Ladyslipper Ensemble (ladyslipperensemble.org), 2015-16 Class Notes Artists with Minnesota Public Radio and maintains a busy schedule as an oratorio and chamber musician. Since moving to the Twin Cities from the Boston area, Sahar has performed on series with the Edvard Grieg Society of Minnesota, Lakeville Area Arts Center, Lowertown Classics, Schubert Club, Chamber Music at the Baroque Room, St. Paul Classical Crawl, St. Mark’s Music Series, Music at Sundin Hall, Lute Café, Arts and Cultural Heritage Library Legacy Concerts, St. Catherine Choral Society and the Twin Cities Early Music Festival. She earned her Master of Music from the New England Conservatory, and studied at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich and Conservatoire de Versailles in France.
Sahar served on the voice faculties of New England Conservatory’s Division of Preparatory and Continuing Education, Wellesley College, Phillips Exeter Academy, Salve Regina University, College of St. Benedict & St. John’s University, as well as Wellesley Composers’ Conference, where she was a chamber music coach. Her students have been accepted at New England Conservatory, Boston University, Berklee College of Music, Tisch School of the Arts, Eastman School of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, and Roosevelt University. They also went on to participate in the summer programs at Santa Fe and Portland Operas. Others have attended Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute and appeared on National Public Radio’s “From the Top”. Sahar joined the voice faculty at McNally Smith College of Music in 2015.