Meet Dr. Haney

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A rising artist in opera, concert, and recital engagements, mezzo-soprano Kristee Haney is known for her rich sound, dynamic stage presence, and dramatic role interpretation. Ms. Haney recently completed a residence as a Vocal Fellow at the Music Academy of the West where she studied with Marilyn Horne, while appearing on masterclasses with artists such as Warren Jones, Fabrizio Melano and Carol Burnett.

Role highlights include Second Secretary to Mao (Nixon in China), Elizabeth Proctor (The Crucible), Countess Charlotte Malcom (A Little Night Music), Baba the Turk (The Rake’s Progress), Zweite Dame (Die Zauberflöte), Mrs. Lovett (Sweeney Todd), Dinah (Trouble in Tahiti), Lola (Cavalleria Rusticana) and Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel), with partial role highlights of Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro), Sesto (Guilio Cesare), Carmen (Carmen), Charlotte (Werther), Dorabella (Cosi fan Tutte), and Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier).

Ms. Haney has performed with the Siena Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Mobile Opera, St. Petersburg Opera, Rimrock Opera, Wichita Grand Opera, Kansas City Puccini Festival, Kansas Concert Opera, Civic Opera Theatre of Kansas City, Light Opera Oklahoma, Reach Out Kansas, Kansas City Baroque Consortium, Orpheus Chamber Singers, Armonia Early Music Ensemble, Boston Early Music Festival, and the Spoleto Festival USA.

With a great interest in contemporary works, Ms. Haney has participated in a masterclass given by American composer William Bolcom, singing his own compositions. Ms. Haney also premiered a new song cycle based on the poetry of Ralph Waldo Emerson entitled Elemental Songs in the spring of 2010, which was composed for her by University of Kansas alumnus Dan Mussleman.

As an active oratorio soloist, highlights include such works as Mendelssohn’s Elijah; Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater; Bach’s Mass in B Minor, Magnificat, Matthäus-Passion and Johannes-Passion, as well as Handel’s Dixit Dominus and Messiah. After a recent performance of Bach’s Mass in B Minor, Ms. Haney was hailed as the “stand-out soloist … whose seemingly effortless agility in scaling Bach's vocal demands was exceptional.”
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