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Ole Hass (Tenor)

Born: Hamburg, Germany

The German-born tenor, Ole Hass, grew up singing in the boysí choir at St. Michaelís cathedral, where he sang with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Hermann Prey, Peter Schreier and other noted artists. He holds a DMA in vocal performance from the University of Maryland, College Park

At home now in the Washington, DC area, Ole Hass has performed as soloist with the Washington Bach Consort, Cantate Chamber Singers, the New Dominion Chorale, the newly formed City Choir of Washington under Robert Shafer, as well as at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall in the annual sing-along of George Frideric Handelís Messiah. Last season (2007-2008), his performance as Evangelist in J.S. Bachís St. John Passion (BWV 245) at the National Cathedral and in the Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248), with the Washington Bach Consort at Strathmore Hall, received critical acclaim. This season (2008-2009) he rejoins Cantate as the Evangelist in G.F. Handel's Brockes-Passion, HWV 48 and repeats his performance at the Cathedral.

Ole Hass recently appeared with the Alexandria Symphony and Opera of Northern Virginia as the clock maker in Ravelís LíHeure espagnole. His opera repertory with the In Series, Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia, the Washington Savoyards and the Maryland Opera Studio includes the tenor lead roles in W.A. Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, Cosí fan tutte, Don Giovanni and Die Entführung aus dem Serail, as well as several world premieres such as the role of Robert Schumann in Robert Converyís Clara.

Ole Hass works for RIPM: Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals (1800-1950) as editor for German-language music journals, where his work on the Allgemeine musikalische Zeitung (1798-1848) was funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

"One of the finest young tenors in the Washington area" - Washington Post

Source: 2009 NVMTA Vocal Achievement Competition Website (April 2009)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (April 2010)

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BWV 9 [2nd], BWV 74
Gisèle Becker: BWV 164

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