Next up in the spotlight is mezzo-soprano Martha Allen, playing the role of Ada, the daughter of Major Blake! Martha and I have performed together many times before, most notably in a production of Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, where we played the nefarious duo Bartolo and Marcellina! In regard to the opportunity to set a precedent for a new role, Martha said, "I love performing new music because it gives me the freedom to interpret the music in my own way. In addition, I love being able to supporting my composer friends in order to give their music a voice". Read more about Martha below!
Martha Allen, mezzo-soprano, is a senior at the University of Missouri. She is a double major in Secondary English Education with a BA in Vocal Music. She studies voice with Professor Tharp and is a fourth year member of the University Singers and Bach Chorale. This is her seventh semester in the Mizzou Show-Me-Opera. In past semesters she performed as The Mistress of the Novices in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro, Mrs. Soames in Ned Rorem’s Our Town, and Bradamante in Handel’s Alcina. She has covered the Alto solo on master works such as Mendelssohn’s Elijah with Columbia, Missouri’s community choir. At the annual NATS competition, she has received third place in Upper College Women Musical Theater and Honorable Mention in Upper College Women Classical. She is originally from Springfield, Missouri, and plans on heading to New York after graduation to “give her regards to Broadway”.
ABOUT THE COMPOSER
Hans Bridger Heruth (b. 1997) is an award-winning composer whose music has been praised as “lovely and delicate” (The American Prize) and for having an “invigorating richness” (KC Metropolis). In addition, he is a conductor, pianist, singer, and violinist of distinction, pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Composition at the University of Missouri.