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Soprano Constance Hauman To Make Dec 2019 Vienna State Opera Debut in New Olga Neuwirth Opera, Orlando

AUGUST 22, 2019
Classical Source

On 8th December 2019, internationally celebrated American soprano, Constance Hauman, will make her Vienna State Opera debut. She will perform three roles (Queen Elizabeth I, Purity, Friend of Orlando’s Child) in the cast of Orlando, a new opera by Austrian composer, Olga Neuwirth. Neuwirth is first woman to be commissioned to compose an opera for the Vienna State Opera in over 150 years.

Orlando is based on the novel by Virginia Woolf, published in October 1928. Costumes for the production will be designed by the legendary Japanese fashion designer, Rei Kawakubo for ‘Comme des Garçons.’ Runway magazine says about Orlando: “The idea is formidable: three great artistic women’s imaginations—Virginia Woolf, Olga Neuwirth, Rei Kawakubo—converging on the idea of conveying a character’s journey from one gender to the other.”

Neuwirth personally chose Hauman for the ensemble cast of Orlando. The two had worked together on Lost Highway, the composer’s 2003 opera adaptation of the 1997 David Lynch film of the same name, with a libretto by 2004 Nobel Prize-winner, Elfriede Jelink.

Constance Hauman was a protégé of Leonard Bernstein, hand-picked by him for Candide. She has sung over 2,000 performance of opera and hundreds of concerts with such companies and orchestras as Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Welsh National Opera, English National Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opera National de Paris, Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, London Symphony and the London Philharmonia. She made headlines across Europe in the title role in Alban Berg’s Lulu, recorded live by Chandos.

Hauman is equally at home in the world of indie rock, both as a singer-songwriter and as band leader and songwriter for Miss Velvet & The Blue Wolf, a New York-based rock/funk group that is currently on worldwide tour, opening for George Clinton’s Parliament-Funkadelic. Hauman has released two critically acclaimed albums of her own songs, High Tides (2019) on the Isotopia label and Falling Into Now (2015). The Guardian sited Falling Into Now as one of the top 10 pop albums of 2015.

Constance Hauman is also the creator, writer, producer and performer of Exiles in Paradise, a documentary film/live performance recital with string quartet which spans the history, lives and Hollywood stories of Eastern Europe’s exiled composers from 1932–1949 in Los Angeles. Exiles was chosen to open the Jewish Museum in Berlin.

Constance Hauman – High Tides (review)

AUGUST 8, 2019
Opera News Constance Hauman High Tides Album Review

SINGER-SONGWRITER CONSTANCE HAUMAN’S latest album isn’t operatic. Instead, the classically trained soprano employs her spot-on intonation and clear, enunciated phrases in service of highly produced avant-pop songs—like a more colloquial, digitized song cycle…

Hauman is undeniably a strong singer, producing sonorous timbres with an earnest and endearing delivery.

…her winning interpretation of Francis Poulenc’s “Les Chemins de l’Amour.” The dreamlike instrumental textures provide a new context for the twentieth-century master’s alluring melody. Another inspired cover comes from an unlikely source—the alternative rock band Foo Fighters. “Everlong” is arguably the most iconic of the band’s songs, and Hauman’s vocal-centric take on the late-’90s hit frees Dave Grohl’s lyrics from underneath the original’s distorted grunge guitars and heavy backbeat. Unobscured by rock instrumentation, the innate beauty of the vocal phrases comes to the forefront, spearheaded by Hauman’s almost mournful tone.

…“Run Sister,” a midtempo, synth-driven song that enables the simple melody to float effortlessly above the dense fray of filtered keyboard sounds before morphing into an urgent dance track. Throughout the record, but especially on “Love Burns,” the vocals contain dramatic hints of musical theater. This quality gives the music a conversational immediacy that keeps the songs from drifting into digital detachment.

…although this art-pop collection’s soundscape is dominated by ambient layers of electronic filigree, the steady rhythmic thumps and stutter-step syncopations root the songs in a tactile sensibility. One of the most effective tracks is “Painful Strangers,” co-written by Hauman and Pederson. The song oscillates between arhythmic airiness and a sensual slow jam, as Hauman’s smooth, azure tone imbues an otherwise bittersweet song about fleeting romantic connection with tranquility.

With High Tides, Constance Hauman ran the risk of following in the footsteps of Renée Fleming on her indie rock-crossover album Dark Hope. Fleming’s voice seemed unnaturally boxed in by the pop-music production and the songs’ lower tessituras. More often than not, Hauman transitions more seamlessly from the classical to the colloquial—in the model of composer–singer Shara Nova of My Brightest Diamond, or contemporary classical specialist Mellissa Hughes on composer Jacob Cooper’s album Silver Threads.

…High Tides is a solid offering that gains steam with each successive listen. — Daniel J. Kushner

 

Internationally Renown American Opera soprano Constance Hauman Makes Vienna State Opera Debut in World Premiere of ‘Orlando’ by Olga Neuwirth

MAY 21, 2019

The American singer, pianist, songwriter, copywriter and producer Constance Hauman is recognized in the world of indie rock as well as classical music. Hauman, one of Leonard Bernstein’s favorite interpreters, has sung over 2,000 opera performances and countless concerts at the following venues: Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Welsh National Opera, English National Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opera National de Paris, Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, London Symphony and the London Philharmonia. She wrote, played and directed the one-man show “Exiles in Paradise,” which caused a sensation at 92nd Street Y in New York, Schönberg Hall in Los Angeles, and the Jewish Museum in Berlin. The Wall Street Journal wrote about the artist: “Constance Hauman’s bright, versatile coloratura soprano made headlines throughout the European music scene as the sex goddess in Alban Berg’s Lulu. Her sparkling soprano can be heard in a live recording at Chandos, but now her performance song ‘Exiles in Paradise,’ which has been crafted with a meticulousness that deserves a doctoral degree, is performed with equally divine verve by her. Ms. Hauman interprets Friedrich Hollander’s melody of ‘Falling in Love Again’ with such a sensual brilliance and phrasing that is in no way inferior to Marlene.”

Olga Neuwirth’s music theater opens a door to the realm of simultaneity of experience, exquisite, heard, knowledge and feeling. Into the realm of fiction, built from memories.

“From childhood I was just interested in everything, art, politics, science, the psychology of the people. I am equally inspired by the wonderful diversity of life, the small and big things in the world. This reflects ORLANDO: For the essence of this fictional biography is the love of the strange, paradoxes, the grotesque, the artistry, exaggeration and exaggeration to create a new morphology of the narrative. It is also always about a sophisticated, highly sophisticated form of sexual attraction and against the constraints in the direction of a single sex. And not allowing yourself to be patronized and condescendingly treated, which will happen to women over and over again.”

 

Constance Hauman Makes Vienna State Opera Debut In World Premiere Of ORLANDO By Olga Neuwirth

MAY 21, 2019

The American singer, pianist, songwriter, copywriter and producer Constance Hauman is recognized in the world of indie rock as well as classical music. Hauman, one of Leonard Bernstein’s favorite interpreters, has sung over 2,000 opera performances and countless concerts at the following venues: Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Welsh National Opera, English National Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opera National de Paris, Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, London Symphony and the London Philharmonia. She wrote, played and directed the one-man show “Exiles in Paradise,” which caused a sensation at 92nd Street Y in New York, Schönberg Hall in Los Angeles, and the Jewish Museum in Berlin. The Wall Street Journal wrote about the artist: “Constance Hauman’s bright, versatile coloratura soprano made headlines throughout the European music scene as the sex goddess in Alban Berg’s Lulu. Her sparkling soprano can be heard in a live recording at Chandos, but now her performance song ‘Exiles in Paradise,’ which has been crafted with a meticulousness that deserves a doctoral degree, is performed with equally divine verve by her. Ms. Hauman interprets Friedrich Hollander’s melody of ‘Falling in Love Again’ with such a sensual brilliance and phrasing that is in no way inferior to Marlene.”

Olga Neuwirth’s music theater opens a door to the realm of simultaneity of experience, exquisite, heard, knowledge and feeling. Into the realm of fiction, built from memories.

“From childhood I was just interested in everything, art, politics, science, the psychology of the people. I am equally inspired by the wonderful diversity of life, the small and big things in the world. This reflects ORLANDO: For the essence of this fictional biography is the love of the strange, paradoxes, the grotesque, the artistry, exaggeration and exaggeration to create a new morphology of the narrative. It is also always about a sophisticated, highly sophisticated form of sexual attraction and against the constraints in the direction of a single sex. And not allowing yourself to be patronized and condescendingly treated, which will happen to women over and over again.”

 

Constance Hauman – High Tides (review)

MARCH 11, 2019
Musikreviews.de High Tides

“INSPIRED MUSIC THAT FLOODS THE LISTENER’S CONSCIOUSNESS”

“MAGNIFICENTLY DESIGNED and REMARKABLE SOUNDING SPECTACLE”

HIGH TIDES is another album by Constance Hauman for which the British Guardian should already have reserved a place as ONE OF THE TEN BEST POP ALBUMS OF THE YEAR.

…arranged in an electro-pop framework – her EXQUISITE rendition of the aria “Les Chemins de l’Amour” INSPIRES DEVOUT ADMIRATION

 

Constance Hauman – High Tides (review)

MARCH 11, 2019
Constance Hauman MetalGlory Magazine

ANOTHER ALL-ROUND HIT: FRAGILE YET INTENSE, TOUCHING, ROUSING, FULL OF DEPTH AND BLESSED WITH CLEAR HIT POTENTIAL

 

Constance Hauman – High Tides (review)

MARCH 11, 2019
Constance Hauman Schwabische

Constance Hauman proves her BRILLIANT MASTERY of different genres in “HighTides” 10 tracks, once again revealing her EXTRAORDINARY CRAFTSMANSHIP AS A SONGWRITER … UNDENIABLE TALENT AND ASTOUNDING VERSATILITY AS A SINGER.

HAUMAN’S OWN HAUNTING LYRICS AND VOCALS POIGNANTLY COMMUNICATE INTENSE FEELINGS WHICH MOST OF US LACK THE WORDS TO EXPRESS

Demand pop with depth: the new album by Constance Hauman

JANUARY 22, 2019

Even without drifting too much into sensationalism: CONSTANCE HAUMAN is a true universal talent.

The lady works as a singer, actress, pianist, composer, copywriter and producer.

Her career has made her a permanent guest in international concert halls, theaters, cinemas and opera houses.

And as you know it from such multiband people, they often work for others before they think of themselves.

But when Constance puts herself in the spotlight, something very special comes out of it.

Be it as keyboardist and musical director of the immensely celebrated funk rock sensation Miss Velvet And The Blue Wolf (most recently on tour with George Clinton, a new album is already in the works) or as Queen Elizabeth I at the Vienna State Opera.

The lady has an impeccable reputation as a creative surprise bag.

Her solo debut Falling Into Now was voted one of the top ten pop albums of the year in 2015 by the British Guardian.

As you can see, pop, opera, funk … Ms Hauman feels comfortable in a variety of genres.

The new solo High Tides is a renewed all-round hit: Fragile yet intense, touching, rousing, full of depth and yet blessed with a light-footed hit potential.

CONSTANCE HAUMAN — High Tides
Isotopia Records / Naxos USA/Canada / Proper Music UK
Release: 25.01.2019

Falling Into Now by international singing star Constance Hauman, voted one of the Best Albums of 2015 by Pop Music Critics from The Guardian, UK

Constance Hauman is a singer, songwriter, arranger, keyboardist, music producer and creative director for Isotopia Studios and Records.

Her illustrious, longstanding career on the international operatic, classical concert and theatrical stages with the world’s best directors, composers and conductors has been the foundation for channeling and composing her unique genre-bending style.

This avant-garde opera heroine has collaborated in the pop/electronic world with Moby, Jimmy Harry and Empire of the Sun.

Constance Hauman’s solo album Falling Into Now on Isotopia Records was released worldwide October 30th, 2015, distributed by NAXOS NoA, NGL; It was released in the UK, Europe and Asia on December 2nd, 2015 and voted as one of the Best Albums of 2015 by acclaimed Pop Music Critic, Caroline Sullivan from The Guardian, UK. Purchase the Deluxe Gallery DiscBook Edition and/or Digital Media Files here. A deluxe version of Falling Into Now will be released on Spotify Oct. 8th, 2018 to coincide with the success of the album’s launch to non commercial radio.

Constance’s second solo album, High Tides, again with Ross Pederson, will be released on Isotopia/Heresy Records Jan. 25th, 2019.

THE REVIEWS ARE IN FOR FALLING INTO NOW!

The Best Albums Of 2015 – Constance Hauman, “Falling Into Now”
Caroline Sullivan, The Guardian

Constance Hauman is a hugely successful coloratura soprano who has crossed over into mainstream with the release of “Falling Into Now,” a collection of 15 songs rooted in alternative acts like Portishead and Cocteau Twins.

While the album contains its moments of theatrics they are tempered and experimental – think Bjork and highlights like “Sorry Eyes” could be a follow up to Massive Attack’s “Unfinished Sympathy.” A should-be shoe-in soundtrack for the “Twin Peaks” revival.
Towerload

And then you have Constance Hauman, one of America’s most versatile lyric coloratura sopranos, who has with “Falling into Now” written a cycle of personal songs that take us from despair to enlightenment. The songs trace a narrative line that is strengthened by music that effortlessly takes its cues from both Cocteau Twins and Michael Nyman.
Tony Clayton-Lea, The Irish Times (Ireland)

The idea of a world-renowned opera singer taking a run at an album consisting of an ambitious self-penned song-cycle about the ending of a passionate love affair seems like both artistic risk-taking on an epic level and something that makes simple good sense considering the nearly-always dark subject matter of most classic operas. American soprano Constance Hauman takes up the challenge on “Falling Into Now” and emerges triumphant.
Ron Nicholson, Scene Magazine (England)

A sophisticated and mature work… Hauman proves herself to be a musician of the first rank. Her voice is clear and flawless, but can also assume very somber timbres when needed and amazes the listener with numerous spontaneous transformations.
Oliver Fraenzke, The New Listener (Germany)

With every note the listener feels her connection with these songs… there is also an incorruptible cleanliness to her sound and an exceptional use of dynamic gradations that she uses to great emotional effect.
Oliver Fraenzke, The New Listener (Germany)

Hauman is expressive in music, lyrics and delivery… There is real pain communicated in some of these songs, but it is pain filtered not only through the organization of words and music but also through the vocal quality that Hauman brings to the material.
Infodad

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Angels, Constance Hauman’s single from Falling Into Now, was released on December 21st, 2014, and is available for download on iTunes, Amazon, Jango Radio, Spotify and CD Baby.

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