Bio: British mezzo soprano Hanna-Liisa Kirchin is a recent alumnus of the National Opera Studio and studies with soprano Nelly Miricioiu. She is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music and ENO's Opera Works. During the 2018/19 season she will sing Kate Pinkerton for Iford Arts, and is an 2018 Iford Arts New Generation Artist. She will cover the roles of Tisbe (La Cenerentola) and Helene (War & Peace) for Welsh National Opera, and Varvara (Katya Kabanova) for Scottish Opera. The 2017/18 season included Flora in a new production of La Traviata with Nederlandse Reisopera, The Mayor's Wife in Janacek's Jenufa with Grange Park Opera, Orfeo in Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice with Longborough Festival Opera, and covering the role of Arsace in Handel's Partenope at English National Opera. In the 2016 season she made an international debut as Fidalma Il Matrimonio Segreto - in a coproduction between Dutch National Opera, De Nederlandse Reis Opera and Opera Zuid - , and UK debuts as Wowkle La Fanciulla Del West with Grange Park Opera, and Ruggiero Alcina with Longborough Festival Opera. 2015 included the World Premiere of Nigel Osborne's "Bosnian Voices" with the critically acclaimed Liverpool Philharmonic 10/10 ensemble, and an appearance at the Oxford Lieder Festival. Awards have included the Miriam Licette Scholarship (Help Musicians UK), the RNCM Elizabeth Harwood Memorial Prize and an Opera Awards Foundation Bursary. She was a finalist in the Jette Parker Young Artist auditions at Covent Garden in 2014 and 2015, and a 2015 Les Azuriales Young Artist. Previously, roles include Cenerentola La Cenerentola, Sesto La Clemenza di Tito, Mercedes Carmen, Mrs Herring Albert Herring, Xerxes Xerxes, Penelope Il ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria, and Masha Paradise Moscow, Old Nog Tarka the Otter Buxton Festival Opera, 3rd Wild Goose/Poppet Paul Bunyan British Youth Opera and Ensemble Orfeo Bayerische Staatsoper.