Exiles in Paradise - Constance Hauman

Exiles in Paradise - Constance Hauman - Biography

Constance Hauman made her debut as a songwriter, pianist and producer with her debut solo album, Falling Into Now, chosen by The Guardian UK as #8 of the top 10 critics’ picks for the best pop album of 2015.

Merging her illustrious and varied classical career with her love for many musical genres, Ms. Hauman is the creator and founder of the independent label Isotopia Records, distributed by Naxos International.

Constance is also the creator, writer, producer, 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 in Los Angeles from 1932–1949. Exiles opened up the Jewish Museum in Berlin on September 10, 2001; it has been performed at the 92nd St.Y. NYC; Austrian Embassy, Washington D.C. Schoenberg Hall UCLA and in 2006 for a month of performances at the Falcon Theater (Garry Marshall) in Burbank, CA.

Holding many credits in the classical world, Constance is perhaps best known for having the only live recording of Alban Berg’s Lulu (Chandos) in the fiendishly difficult title role; This historic recording has been reissued several times to continued acclaim since it was first recorded in Copenhagen in a series of performances at the Queen of Denmark’s Castle, designed to celebrate Copenhagen as the Cultural City of Europe in 1996. She went on to perform the title role again in Ivo van Hove’s equally acclaimed new production of Lulu in Antwerp and Ghent which brought a collaboration with van Hove in the world premiere of this theatre piece Alice in Bed for New York Theatre Workshop.

In 2003 Hauman received stellar reviews for the world premiere of Alice/Renee in Olga Neuwirth’s and Elfriede Jelinek’s stage adaptation of David Lynch’s film Lost Highway which was an international event when Graz Austria was chosen as the Cultural City of Europe. Performances followed in Basel Switzerland. In 2004, the recording on Kairos was a recipient of the French Diaspon D’Or for outstanding new recording with Miss Hauman in the leading female role of Alice/Renee.

Constance catapulted to international success with the London Symphony when Leonard Bernstein chose her to fill in on 24-hours notice to replace an ailing June Anderson in the only performances he conducted of his operetta Candide. This legendary concert performance led her to over 150 performances of Cunégonde in Candide over a six-year period.

She made her Royal Opera House, Covent Garden debut in 2000 for the re-opening of the Opera house in the role of Morgan le Fey in Harrison Birtwistle’s Gawain.

Her many credits include: performed and recorded with the Berlin Philharmonic and Chicago Symphony under Daniel Barenboim; San Francisco Symphony under Edo de Waart; London Symphony under Micheal Tilson Thomas; Seattle Symphony under Gerald Schwartz and the Japan Philharmonic, the Orquestra de Lisboa and the Vara Radio Orchestra Amsterdam and Radio France; She has performed a wide range of roles with the New York City Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Long Beach Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Dallas Opera, Washington National Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, Miami Opera, Toledo Opera, Spoleto Festival Charleston S.C.; The Santa Fe Opera; Canadian Opera; English National Opera;Welsh National Opera; Opéra de Nice; Opéra de Marseille; Opéra de Tours; Opéra de Nantes; Opéra de St-étienne; Opéra du Rhin; Opéra de Montpellier; Théâtre des Champs-élysées; Opéra Comique; Opéra National de Paris; Rome Opera; Teatro Communale Florence; Spoleto Festival Italy; Spoleto Festival Charleston SC; Spanga Festival Holland; Hong Kong Festival.

Miss Hauman made her theatrical debut as Florence Foster Jenkins in Souvenir, A Fantasia on Florence Foster Jenkins at The Falcon Theatre in Burbank, CA, February 2009, to critical acclaim. She was nominated for best performance in a duo comedy by LA Theatre Awards.

Constance Hauman is a Richard Tucker Award recipient as well as being honored with a 2008 Alumni Merit Award from Northwestern University where she studied voice and political science. Originally from Toledo, Ohio, She received an Ohio Citizens Award in 2009 for Exiles in Paradise.

In addition to her own label, Hauman has recorded on the Kairos, Teldec, Chandos, Naxos and Sony labels. She can be seen as Kate Pinkerton in Frédéric Mitterrand’s critically acclaimed film, Madame Butterfly.

A specialist in the Viennese School, Miss Hauman has been championed for her recitals of the rare works of Zemlinsky, Berg, Schoenberg and Schrecker in Washington DC and NYC.

Constance is the music director, keyboardist and co-arranger for the indie soul, rock, funk band Miss Velvet and the Blue Wolf, executive and co-producer of their debut album, BAD GET SOME, recorded at the iconic United Sound Systems Studio in Detroit, Michigan in 2016. Their EP, DARE was released March 22nd 2017 on Isotopia Records for their European debut at the Tallinn Music Week Festival in Estonia. The full album was released in the fall of 2017 on Isotopia.

In addition to writing, producing and performing, Constance is a sought-out vocal technician, as well as a performance and language coach for all genres of singing, theatre and opera.