Temple Hammen, American lyric soprano, opens her 2021-2022 season singing Annina in La Traviata in collaboration with South Bend Lyric Opera and South Bend Symphony Orchestra. This spring, Temple will be featured as a recitalist in the “Composed by Women” festival at Indiana University, a festival dedicated to exclusively performing and exploring works composed by women. In June of 2022, she will attend SongFest as a Stern Fellow in San Francisco, CA. At SongFest, she has been commissioned to perform the world premiere of Sheila Silver's If Trees Could Talk. This summer, Temple will sing Zerlina in Don Giovanni with South Bend Lyric Opera.
This past season, Temple was going to make her Lincoln Center debut as a soloist in Steve Reich’s Tehillim, and was also to sing Dafne (cover) in La Dafne with Mannes Opera. Unfortunately, these opportunities were canceled in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Other role credits and scenes include: Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Manon in Manon, Amenaide in Tancredi (Mannes Opera), Ophélie in Hamlet, Béatrice in Béatrice et Bénédict (Classic Lyric Arts), Iolanthe (cover) in Iolanthe, Filia in Carissimi’s Jephta, Un Patré in L'enfant Et Les Sortilèges, and Una Conversa in Suor Angelica (Westminster Opera Theater).
As an avid oratorio and concert soloist, Temple has performed as a soloist in the first American production of Lachenmann’s The Little Match Girl (Spoleto Festival USA), and has also been seen in Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music (Spoleto Festival USA), Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (Mannes Sounds Festival) Beethoven Choral Fantasy (Westminster Choir), Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes, and Bach’s Wachet Auf (Calvary Episcopal Church).
Temple received her M.M in Vocal Performance from Mannes School of Music and B.M in Vocal Performance from Westminster Choir College where she toured and performed with the awarded Westminster Choir. Temple has a passion for the German language and studied at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin where she received a Deutsches Sprachzertifikat.