Robin Hansen, Soprano
Joyful Voice Studio
Since arriving in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1993, Robin Hansen has been performing and directing in both professional and church settings. Professional activities in the past few years included music director for three summer theatre camps at Tabard Theatre in San Jose, interim music director at St. Matthew Episcopal Church in San Mateo, and chorus manager for Peninsula Girls Chorus from 2013 to 2016. Most recently, she served as Vocal Director for a one-week musical theatre camp for San Carlos Children’s Theatre, under the auspices of San Mateo Parks and Recreation.
A lyric-coloratura soprano, Robin has performed with a number of area opera companies, including the role of Marcellina in The Marriage of Figaro with San Francisco Cabaret Opera. For Mission City Opera (Santa Clara) she has served variously as chorus master and supertitle creator/editor/operator for Die Fledermaus, Carmen, Magic Flute and La Boheme, and performed in Madama Butterfly. She also chorus mastered for Golden Gate Opera (San Rafael) for their Carmen in 2005, as well as performing with the chorus onstage in that production and in Madama Butterfly; she also had a featured role in GGO's Suor Angelica. Robin also sang in Trinity Lyric Opera's inaugural production of Ralph Vaughn-Williams' Pilgrim’s Progress.
From 2008 to 2016, Robin sang with the STOCTET, a 22-voice choir based in Campbell, CA performing 2 concerts yearly. 2016 marks her 17th season with Masterworks Chorale, a semi-professional chorus performing 4 concert sets annually, based at College of San Mateo, CA. Highlights with Masterworks included soprano soloist in Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, and the role of The Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors.
In the local musical theatre world, Robin performed in Hillbarn Theatre's sell-out production of The Music Man, was Nimue in Camelot at Pacifica Spindrift Players, and Queen Aggravaine in Once upon a Mattress with Sunnyvale Community Players. No stranger to musical revues, she performed for five seasons with The Highlighters, a group of artists presenting previews for Broadway by the Bay. Robin was also previously manager/director of an intimate vocal ensemble, BRIO, presenting holiday and other choral repertoire to local audiences.
Robin received her pre-college “basic training” in 5 seasons of 19th Century Repertory Theatre at Washington State University’s Summer Palace. This was a well rounded experience including performing in the marching band and as a dance hall gal, as well as acting in such favorites as Bertha, the Sewing Machine Girl, Under the Gaslight, and The Tragical History of Richard the Third. While majoring in theatre at Cornell University, she appeared in seven Gilbert & Sullivan productions, notably as the Plaintiff in Trial by Jury and as Rose Maybud in Ruddigore, as well as innovative productions of Lorca’s Yerma and Seneca’s Oedipus.
Robin spent eight years in New York City, where she performed leading roles in The Mikado, Pirates of Penzance, Ruddigore, Iolanthe, and Patience with the NY Gilbert & Sullivan Players and appeared in several operas and concerts with the Bronx Opera and Brooklyn Opera Society. She also performed in productions of Showboat, Man of La Mancha, Pal Joey, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Fantasticks, and in children’s theater productions in Manhattan and Long Island.
Before coming to the Bay Area, Robin spent seven seasons with Seattle Opera, singing with such local favorites as Carol Vaness and Ruth Ann Swenson, and embodying nobles, urchins, spirits and ladies of the evening as required by the librettist’s pen and the whim (or whimsy) of world-class directors and conductors. During this time she also made her debut as Queen of the Night in Boise Opera’s Magic Flute, performed leading roles in Ohio Light Opera’s productions of The Vagabond King, HMS Pinafore, and Strauss’ Wiener Blut, was a Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in Seattle, and appeared as soloist with the Seattle Choral Company performing the “Brindisi” and Violetta’s double aria from La Traviata. Her time with Seattle opera was bookended with The Ballad of Baby Doe as her first and last productions with that company (as chorus and Friend of Augusta, respectively).
Robin lives in San Mateo, CA where she has been teaching voice since 2001. She taught K-5 classroom music at St. Raymond School in Menlo Park for 3 years, and preschool music for 3 years at St. Paul’s Nursery School in Burlingame. She served as Chorus Manager for Peninsula Girls Chorus from 2013 to 2016. In her Joyful Voice Studio, she loves teaching voice for beginning to intermediate singers, age 8 to 89.
Robin Hansen * 515A S. El Dorado Street * San Mateo, CA 94402 * (650) 278-2707 * email@example.com
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