School of Music

Katie Hannigan


Praised by the San Francisco Chronicle as “Golden-Voiced Mezzo-Soprano” Katie Hannigan is a vibrant, bold and sincere performing artist comfortable on the operatic and concert stage. Operatic credits include: Amadora in Bastianello as part of a John Musto Composer in Residency Collaboration with Nazareth College and Rochester Lyric Opera 2016, Mercedes in Carmen, Prince in Williamson’s The Happy Prince, Bianca in The Rape of Lucretia, La Badessa in Suor Angelica, Zita in Gianni Schicchi, Maurya from Riders to the Sea, Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro, Mother/Allison in This is the Rill Speaking (Recorded by Albany Records 2008) Maman in L’Enfant et les sortileges, Don Ramiro in La Finta Giardiniera, Charlotte in A Little Night Music, Old Prioress in Dialogues of the Carmelites, Sandmann in Hansel und Gretel, and Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors with companies including: The Merola Opera Program, Finger Lakes Opera, Rochester Lyric Opera, Opera on the Avalon, Eastman Opera, SUNY Purchase Opera and Nazareth Opera. Orchestral credits include: Carmen in a collaboration with New York State Ballet and Lyric Theatre, Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Handel’s Anthem no. 7, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Bach B Minor Mass, Des Knaben Wunderhorn, Jake Heggie’s song cycle The Deepest Desire, and Vaughn Williams Serenade to Music (Recorded by Harmonium Mundi Records 2011) Performances with Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Rochester Oratorio Society, Eastman Symphony and Eastman Philharmonia.

Hannigan was an Emerging Singer at the Prestigious Fall Island Vocal Seminar May 2017 under the direction of Stephanie Blythe. She received a full tuition scholarship to attend the Professional Development Division of SONGFEST in Los Angeles in 2015, and she attended the National Association for Teachers of Singing Artist/Teacher Internship Program in North Carolina in June 2016.  She was winner of the Civic Morning Madrigals Award in Syracuse, NY and was the recipient of the Vocal Concerto Competition Prize at Eastman School of Music. Hannigan earned a BM in Voice and Opera from SUNY Purchase College Conservatory, and MM and DMA from Eastman School of Music.

School of Music Responsibilities

  • Coordinator of Vocal Studies
  • Director of opera workshop
  • Survey of Art Song Literature
  • Applied Voice


  • Eastman School of Music, D.M.A.
  • Certificate in College and Community Teaching- Eastman’s Institute for Music Leadership 
  • Eastman School of Music, M.M.
  • SUNY Purchase Conservatory, B.M.

Upcoming Performances

January 2020
Recording of selected Holocaust themed Vedem songs with Lori Laitman
Julia Lin, piano and Tarn Travers, violin
Chicago, IL

February 29, 2020, 4pm 
Performance & Recording of Tempestad, Almanece with Octavio Vazquez
Octavio Vazquez, piano
Beston Hall, Nazareth College, Rochester, NY

April 27, 2020
Concert Performance & Recording of Roxie in Mrs. President with Victoria Bond, conductor
Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival
Symphony Space, New York City

Selected Past Performances

September 22, 8pm and September 24, 2:30pm
Suzuki in Madama Butterfly with Buffalo Opera Unlimited 2017
Rockwell Hall Performing Arts Center at Buffalo State College
Buffalo, NY

October 20, 2017, 7:30pm
Soloist in Amy Beach Mass in E Flat with Rochester Oratorio Society
Hochstein Performance Hall, Rochester, NY

November 18, 7pm
Roxie in Victoria Bond’s Mrs. President with Rochester Lyric Opera
Susan B Anthony House, 17 Madison St, Rochester, NY

March 4, 2018, 3pm 
Selections from Des Knaben Wunderhorn with Nazareth Wind Ensemble under the baton of Dr. Jared Chase
Nazareth College, Linehan Chapel, Rochester, NY

Mar 8 – 10, 2018 
Selections from Des Knaben Wunderhorn with Nazareth Wind Ensemble under the baton of Dr. Jared Chase
NCWS Performance at the 2018 Eastern Division College Band Directors National Association Conference (CBDNA)
Woolsey Hall at Yale University, New Haven, CT