On this episode of Going for Broadway, Eryn is joined with Ms. Teri Hansen. From Opera to Broadway, Teri Hansen has received International recognition for her crossover abilities as a singing actress. Miss Hansen began her career “Rose” in the film version of Kurt Weill’s Street Scene. She has sung leading roles with the Houston Grand Opera, Theatre in Pfalsbau, Glimmerglass Opera, Theatre des Westens, and many more. Miss Hansen She made her Broadway debut in The Boys from Syracuse and starred in London’s West End as “Magnolia” in Hal Prince’s Tony award winning production of Showboat.
Teri talks a lot about her experience as an opera singer and her transition into musical theatre. She says that the experience and work that she has done from Street Scene and a few other productions really gave her the boot to shift. And with working in both sides of performing, she explains the differences within the singing styles and how the technique of being a “crossover” artist has let her explore both worlds.
“In musical theatre the words are the absolute critical factor and in opera the tone is the primary consideration.”
She has said that so much of her career has been just putting one foot in front of the other… “Going around an obstacle (especially those obstacles that are self-created) if you can’t go through it”… And when she was in school, she didn’t have a grand plan, but every time she reached a goal, a new challenge presented itself. People often walk away right when they hit goals, and your actions from there can define who you are. So, you must always have pride in what you do and who you are. If you have a goal, then persevere, don’t give up, trust the outcome, and enjoy the ride!
“Make it a priority to enjoy life!”
In This Episode:
2:29- Were you degrees from school in opera?
3:30- Do you feel that those extra three years of training has been crucial to your success?
5:57- Was it after Street Scene that you had gotten into your Broadway debut?
7:20- How did you get from a New York production of Showboat into the West End production?
8:50- Teri talks about having her agents for all different fields.
9:30- Do you think that the operatic facet of your voice as influenced your musical theatre work?
11:19- Will your role in the Sound of Music let us hear the entirety of your voice?
12:44- Teri talks about the Broadway Pops International Program!
13:44- Congratulations on your DFA from Central Michigan University in 2014!
15:05- How important is it to invest the additional 4 years studying the performing arts at University versus just start auditioning for jobs and going for it?
17:10- What advice, in closing, would you give someone like me or my audience whose goal is to work and perform on Broadway?
19:07- Do you have any thoughts for the parents of these young performers?
21:17- Teri, for those interested in getting your musical CDs, they can find those through your website?