On 8th December 2019, internationally celebrated American soprano, Constance Hauman, will make her Vienna State Opera debut. She will perform three roles (Queen Elizabeth I, Purity, Friend of Orlando’s Child) in the cast of Orlando, a new opera by Austrian composer, Olga Neuwirth. Neuwirth is first woman to be commissioned to compose an opera for the Vienna State Opera in over 150 years.
Orlando is based on the novel by Virgina Woolf, published in October 1928. Costumes for the production will be designed by the legendary Japanese fashion designer, Rei Kawakubo for 'Comme des Garçons'. Runway magazine says about Orlando: “The idea is formidable: three great artistic women’s imaginations—Virginia Woolf, Olga Neuwirth, Rei Kawakubo—converging on the idea of conveying a character’s journey from one gender to the other.”
Neuwirth personally chose Hauman for the ensemble cast of Orlando. The two had worked together on Lost Highway, the composer’s 2003 opera adaptation of the 1997 David Lynch film of the same name, with a libretto by 2004 Nobel Prize-winner, Elfriede Jelink.
Constance Hauman was a protégé of Leonard Bernstein, hand-picked by him for 'Candide'. She has sung over 2,000 performance of opera and hundreds of concerts with such companies and orchestras as Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Welsh National Opera, English National Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opera National de Paris, Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, London Symphony and the London Philharmonia. She made headlines across Europe in the title role in Alban Berg’s Lulu, recorded live by Chandos.
Hauman is equally at home in the world of indie rock, both as a singer-songwriter and as band leader and songwriter for 'Miss Velvet & The Blue Wolf', a New York-based rock/funk group that is currently on worldwide tour, opening for George Clinton's Parliament-Funkadelic. Hauman has released two critically acclaimed albums of her own songs, High Tides (2019) on the Isotopia label and Falling Into Now (2015). The Guardian sited Falling Into Now as one of the top 10 pop albums of 2015.
Constance Hauman is also the creator, writer, producer and performer of Exiles in Paradise, a documentary film/live performance recital with string quartet which spans the history, lives and Hollywood stories of Eastern Europe's exiled composers from 1932–1949 in Los Angeles. Exiles was chosen to open the Jewish Museum in Berlin.