Tara Hugo, singer, actress
ABOUT

Tara Hugo trained as an actress at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London under Hugh Cruttwell (Honours Diploma, Kendal Award, William Poel Prize, Emile Littler Prize, Caryl Brahms Award, Brian Moseley Prize) and began her career at the Tyrone Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, playing leading roles such as the title role in Romeo and Juliet, Saint Joan and Antigone.
She also appeared opposite Richard Thomas as Solveig in Mark Lamos's Peer Gynt. Other roles include Regan in King Lear with Ken Ruta, Ophelia in Hamlet with Randall Duk Kim, and a witch in Nicol Williamson's MacBeth. In London she began a series of successful engagements as a singer, in her own show directed by Alan Rickman. At the Donmar Warehouse under Sam Mendes, she received critical acclaim for her performance as Jenny Diver in Phyllida Lloyd's production of Threepenny Opera (Laurence Olivier Award nomination). More performances of the music of Kurt Weill followed: Bilbao at the Batignano Festival in Italy with conductor/pianist Stephen Higgins in celebration of the Kurt Weill Centenary, produced by Adam Pollack and Allan Watkins, Banares for Bettina Jonic's Salon at the Royal Albert Hall, and the leading role in Happy End at the Nottingham Playhouse (American Express Award Nomination for Best Musical). She played Nirvana In Arthur Kopit's Road to Nirvana at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh (UK Premiere). Hugo also played a featured role in Richard Attenborough's film In Love and War.

Tara Hugo sings a wide range of music including classical, contemporary, jazz, blues, and country music, as well as her own lyrics and compositions. Her eclectic shows began at the BAC in London with composer Warren Wills and transferred to the premiere venue Pizza on the Park where Alan Rickman directed it. Repeat engagements with conductor/pianist Dominic Wheeler, and later with composer/pianist Steve Edis included the Cinegrill in Los Angeles where her father, a professional jazz musician, joined her on the saxophone. She also wrote lyrics and performed as a guest artist for Henry Goodman's Metropolis Kabarett at the Royal National Theatre.

Hugo was a principal singer in the Philip Glass/Leonard Cohen Book of Longing, which toured off and on internationally for two years. An ensemble of 4 singers and 7 musicians, including Philip Glass, the song cycle was conducted by Michael Riesman and staged by choreographer Susan Marshall.

For the New York Shakespeare Festival, she was a Bacchant in The Bacchae, directed by JoAnne Akalaitis, with music composed by Philip Glass. She originated the role of Jacqueline, playing opposite Douglas Hodge and Phillip Quast in the Menier Chocolate Factory's London production of La Cage Aux Folles, directed by Terry Johnson. Hugo starred in the musical Legacy Falls by James Burn directed by Ian Poitier, at the New Players Theatre in London (Off West End "Offie" for Best Actress). She rejoined the production when it took part in the New York Musical Festival in July 2013. Spring 2014, Tara Hugo starred as Madame Raquin in Therese Raquin, a music play by composer Craig Adams with book and lyrics by Nona Sheppard, produced by Jim Zalles and Theatre Bench, which premiered at the Finborough Theatre in London. Playing a much older character than herself, Tara and the production opened to critical acclaim, resulting in a transfer to the Park Theatre London August 2014. (See THEATRE photos and reviews). September 2014 saw Tara playing a millionairess in Andrew MacBean's extravaganza launch for JAGUAR at Earl's Court London. In 2016, Tara sang an a cappella solo in Arthur Miller's The Crucible on Broadway as part of a recorded score by Philip Glass. She also performed a poetry piece, The Whistleblower at the City Winery in New York, again organized by Philip Glass and accompanied by a string quartet and Glass himself on piano which was repeated in Amsterdam October 2016.

Performances of the songs from the album Tara Hugo Sings Philip Glass include Philip Glass and Friends at the Issue Project Room in Brooklyn, the Garrison Institute, Philip Glass' Days and Nights Festival 2013 (See MUSIC for photos), the Philip Glass Retrospective, St George's Bristol, England 6 November 2014, the RADA Festival London 2015 and the Days and Nights Festival Amsterdam 2016.

2016 also saw Tara recording for Philip Glass, a cappella, a hymn composed by Glass for his score for Ivo van Hove's production of the The Crucible on Broadway. The solo appeared at the end of Act I. More work followed early in 2017 celebrating the composer's 80th birthday, as Hugo joined Glass and longtime players and singers to perform Monsters of Grace as part of Words and Music in Two Parts With Philip Glass & Laurie Anderson which took place at the Carolina Performing Arts Festival in Chapel Hill.

The most recent Glass and Hugo collaboration is the undertaking of a new piece called Is Infinity Odd or Even? composed by Glass. Four movements titled Baby, Child, Teen, Grown-up with words by Arturo Bejar. A 45 minute solo performance piece with a world premiere at the Philip Glass Center in Big Sur, California at the Days and Nights Festival October 6, 2017. Sung and spoken by Hugo. Philip Glass (piano, Tim Fain (violin), Matt Haimovitz (cello), David Harding (viola) and Lavinia Meijer (harp).

Tara plays a Kentucky barmaid in the film Kingsmen 2: The Golden Circle, starring Colin Firth and set for release 2017, and she plays Helen Vine, an international pathologist in an episode of the BBC television crime drama Silent Witness in the new season premiering in 2018. She portrayed Kristin Gould White in the Oscar Nominated Paul Greengrass film United 93. She played a character role as Richard Jenkin's devoted secretary in The Broken directed by Cannes/Bafta winner Sean Ellis. Other film and television work include: Hellboy, Big Women, Panama Canal, Smallpox Silent Weapon, Midsomer Murders, Last Flight to Kuwait, Murder City, Submerged Radio Drama includes: 84 Book Crossing Road; Lulu and Barbie and the Seven Deadly Sins, American Faith, Salzburg in London, Year of the Cat Recordings: Tara Hugo Sings Philip Glass (OMM), Book of Longing (OMM) Threepenny Opera (TER), Anything Goes (TER) and a recording with her father, Hugo Loewenstern called Music for Art, which includes the artwork of her mother, Mary Lou.

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