Soprano Mary Logan Hastings is currently an Associate Professor of Music at Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a D.M.A. in Vocal Performance from the University of Maryland and an extensive professional career in opera, where she was the leading coloratura soprano for several years at Germany’s prestigious Nationaltheater Mannheim. Mary’s career has taken her from American Houses such as Seattle Opera and Arizona Opera to the European Houses of Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Bern, Heidelberg, München, Antwerp, Luxembourg, Toulouse, and Basel. She has regularly performed leading roles such as "Zerbinetta" in Ariadne auf Naxos, "Sophie" in Der Rosenkavalier, "Gilda" in Rigoletto, "Musetta" in La Bohème, "Amina" in La Sonnambula, and "Die Königin der Nacht" in Die Zauberflöte.
Dr. Hastings' solo concert work includes appearances with the Berliner Philharmonische under the baton of Christoph von Dohnányi, performances with the late Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Michael Gielen, Michel Plasson, Daniel Barenboim, Donald Runnicles, and the late Jean Pierre Ponelle and Robert Shaw, among others. Included in her concert repertoire as soprano soloist are The Four Last Songs of Richard Strauss, Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise, Brahms’ Requiem, Mahler’s 8th Symphony, his 4th Symphony, and his Rückert Lieder, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and Haydn’s Die Jahreszeiten.
Dr. Hastings has performed recitals, and given master classes in the theaters and music conservatories of Croatia, Slovenia, Mexico, China, and is soon to travel to Thailand, where she will perform the Bachianas Brasileiras #5 by Villa Lobos. She continues to perform, lecture, and adjudicate throughout the United States, and can be heard on CD recordings that include songs composed by Alexander Zemlinsky, David Diamond, and Jack Stamp.