A 2023 Sullivan Foundation Career Grant recipient, Soprano Mary Evelyn Hangley is a graduate of San Francisco Opera’s prestigious Adler Fellowship, where she covered numerous leading roles, including the title role of Rusalka, Contessa Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, as well as Micaëla in Carmen. She made her San Francisco Opera debut as the Mother in Hansel and Gretel, which she was praised for "...[showing] confidence and vocal security in her unexpected San Francisco Opera debut, which proceeded flawlessly.”
In 2023, Mary Evelyn saw a triumphant debut as A Woman in Schoenberg’s masterpiece Erwartung with West Edge Opera, for which The San Francisco Chronicle praised her “incendiary brilliance” and “[her] singing, moreover — bright, luxuriant and fearlessly on point — was a marvel.”
Career highlights include Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the San Francisco Symphony, a Schwabacher Debut Recital with San Francisco Opera, Anna Sørensen in Silent Night with The Glimmerglass Festival, Leonora in Il trovatore at Opera San Jose, Contessa Almaviva, Woglinde and Musetta with Minnesota Opera, Pamina and Mozart’s Requiem with the Buffalo Philharmonic, and the title role in Prokofiev’s Maddalena at Berkeley Chamber Opera. She has also sung with the Oakland Symphony, Sacramento Philharmonic and the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, among others.
Ms. Hangley has participated in many of the country’s leading young artist programs, including the Merola Opera Program, The Glimmerglass Festival and Minnesota Opera. As a participant of the Merola Opera Program (2016), she was praised by Opera News for singing “with considerable allure” when taking over for an ill colleague mid-performance in Conrad Susa’s Transformations. Due to COVID-19, Mary Evelyn had a number of cancellations, including Leonora in Pensacola Opera’s 2020 production of Il trovatore and the soprano soloist in Mozart’s Requiem at SUNY Fredonia.
Upcoming performances include a highly anticipated role debut of Donna Elvira, as well as a return to West Edge Opera as Woglinde, Freia, Sieglinde, Waldvogel and Gutrune in Der Ring an einem Abend.