Originally from Long Beach, NY, soprano Mary Evelyn Hangley is a first-year Resident Artist with Minnesota Opera and appears as Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, Woglinde in Das Rheingold, Miss Copeland in William Bolcom and Mark Campbell’s world premiere of Dinner at Eight, and Musetta in La bohème.
Most recently, she spent her summer as part of San Francisco Opera’s prestigious Merola Opera Program, singing #2 in Conrad Susa’s Transformations and performing scenes as Atalanta in Serse and as the title role in both Arabella and Anna Bolena.
Previously, Ms. Hangley was an apprentice artist at Sarasota Opera, performing scenes from the roles of Nedda in I pagliacci, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Lida in La battaglia di Legnano, Giselda in I Lombardi, Fioretta in I Medici, and Margarita in Mefistofele. She also had the unique opportunity to perform Frau Fluth in Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor in Weimar, Germany. Ms. Hangley has been seen at the Janiec Opera Company at the Brevard Music Center, singing Micaëla in La tragédie de Carmen and Steampunk in the world premiere of Michael Ching’s Speed Dating Tonight!.
In 2014, Mary Evelyn received first place in the Madame Palmai-Tenser competition at Mobile Opera. Ms. Hangley received her Master of Music in vocal performance from Florida State University, where she has sung Juliette in Roméo et Juliette, Bea in Jake Heggie’s Three Decembers, and Mary Willis in Carlisle Floyd’s Cold Sassy Tree. In concert, Ms. Hangley has been the soprano soloist in Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Mozart’s Mass in C minor, Saint-Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio, and Schubert’s Mass in C major.
In addition to a MM in performance from Florida State University, Mary Evelyn holds a BM in music education from SUNY Fredonia.