Meet Dr. Haney

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A rising artist in opera, concert, and recital engagements, mezzo-soprano Kristee Haney continues to make strong impressions as a versatile performer in the varying genres of opera, oratorio, musical theatre and recital / cabaret repertoire.  Upcoming engagements include solo engagements in Handel's Messiah and Bach's Matthäus-Passion.

Recent seasons have included a North American and European tour of Bizet's Carmen with New York City Opera Renaissance, a return to the Lyric Opera of Kansas City in Mozart's The Magic Flute, and Verdi's La Traviata, and a role debut of Massenet's Cendrillon at the Siena Music Festival in Siena, Italy. While in Siena, Ms. Haney also appeared in masterclasses with the acclaimed operatic soprano, Renata Scotto. Ms. Haney returned to Italy in the summer of 2014, with another role debut as the title character in Handel's Giulio Cesare with the Trentino Music Festival in Mezzano.

In the summer of 2012, Ms. Haney was in residence as a Vocal Fellow at the Music Academy of the West. Onstage she was seen in Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress, vocal chamber concerts, cabaret concerts, as well as scenes from Mozart's Le Nozze Di Figaro and Verdi's La Traviata. She also studied with Marilyn Horne, while appearing on masterclasses with artists such as Warren Jones, Fabrizio Melano.

Ms. Haney has performed roles in opera and musical theatre across the United States and internationally. She has sung on the stages of the Siena Music Festival (Cendrillon / Cendrillon), Trentino Music Festival (Giulio Cesare / Giulio Cesare), Lyric Opera of Kansas City (Flora Bervoix / La Traviata, Second Lady / The Magic Flute, Second Secretary to Mao / Nixon in China, Clotilde / Norma), Union Avenue Opera (Maddalena / Rigoletto), Rimrock Opera (Elizabeth Proctor / The Crucible), Lyric Opera of Kansas City Apprentice Program (Baba the Turk / The Rake’s Progress, Dinah / Trouble in Tahiti, Zweite Dame / Die Zauberflöte, Irma Kronkite, Picnic - World Premiere). Partial role highlights include: Sister Helen Prejean (Dead Man Walking), Idamante (Idomeneo), Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro), Carmen (Carmen), Charlotte (Werther), Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), Dorabella (Cosi fan Tutte), and Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier). 

No stranger to crossover repertoire, Ms. Haney has been seen as Mrs. Lovett (Sweeney Todd) with Mobile Opera, Maria (The Sound of Music) with the New Theatre, and Countess Charlotte Malcolm (A Little Night Music) with St. Petersburg Opera. She was also a selected as a participant for a coachings and a masterclass with legendary commediane Carol Burnett, singing selections from Sondheim's Company.

As an active oratorio soloist, Ms. Haney has appeared with the St. Joseph Symphony, William Baker Festival Singers, Kansas City Baroque Consortium, Spire Chamber Ensemble, Orpheus Chamber Singers, Armonia Early Music Ensemble, Boston Early Music Festival, and the Spoleto Festival USA. Oratorio highlights include such works as Duruflé's Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria; 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.”

Ms. Haney continues her vocal studies with renowned Mezzo Soprano, Joyce Castle.
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