Soprano Hayley Abramowitz (they/them/theirs) is based in Washington, DC. This season, Hayley will make several role and company debuts, including Frasquita (Carmen, Opera Western Reserve), the Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte, Loudoun Lyric Opera), and the Baronne de Grondemarck (La Vie Parisienne, L’Opéra Comique de Washington). They will also compete in the Gerda Lissner Lieder/Song Competition and the Metropolitan Opera Laffont Competition, and they have been named a winter of the Gigli International Opera Competition.
As a 2022-23 Jan Miller Studio Artist at Pensacola Opera, Hayley performed the role of Carrie Pipperidge in Carousel, and covered Musetta in La Bohème and Julie Jordan in Carousel. They also appeared in a scenes concert as Manon (Manon), Norina (Don Pasquale), and Sophie (Werther). Hayley spent the 2021-22 season as a chorister with Houston Grand Opera, performing in Carmen, Dialogues of the Carmelites, Die Zauberflöte, and Turandot, and making their house debut as the First Handmaiden in Turandot. They also presented a recital in the DC area as part of the Living Arts Concert Series, featuring Mozart’s rarely performed concert aria, “Popoli di Tessaglia”.
Favorite roles performed include Romilda (Serse), Nella (Gianni Schicchi), and Blumenmädchen (Parsifal) with Indiana University Opera Theater, as well as Lucy (The Telephone) and Mme. Herz (Die Schauspieldirektor) with UMD OperaTerps. A third-place winner in the inaugural Cincinnati SongSLAM, Hayley is also a passionate advocate of new music. They have presented numerous premieres in the past several years. Particularly dear is William Kenlon’s Longfellow Mosaic for soprano and Pierrot ensemble.
A sought-after chorister, Hayley has appeared with some of the country’s foremost ensembles. In addition to the HGO Chorus, they have performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra Symphonic Choir, the Spoleto Festival USA Chorus, and the University of Maryland Concert Choir alongside both the National Symphony Orchestra and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
Hayley holds degrees from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music (MM '20, PD '21) and from the University of Maryland School of Music (BM '18), where they studied with Carol Vaness and Delores Ziegler, respectively.