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Shana Blake Hill - Soprano

Shana Blake Hill  -  Soprano

Sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Aurelio de la Vega

Shana Blake Hill has appeared as a principal artist with Los Angeles Opera, Savonlinna Festival Opera, Dayton Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Opera Pacific, Long Beach Opera, Santa Barbara Opera, Opera Sacramento, and Berkshire Opera. She has also been featured as a solo artist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Pacific Symphony, Berkeley Symphony, New West Symphony, Pacific Chorale, Florida Philharmonic, Naples Philharmonic, Pasadena Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Northwest Sinfonietta, and Colorado Symphony.

Especially at home with contemporary music, some of her world premieres and projects include Bright Sheng’s The Phoenix; Sakagawea in Michael Ching’s opera Corps of Discovery on the Louis and Clark expedition; Sally Hemings in Glenn Paxton’s opera Monticello; Ticie in On Gold Mountain, an opera by Nathan Wang commissioned by LA Opera on Lisa See’s novel; Sara’s Diary: 9/11, a song cycle on prose by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Leroy Aarons for NPR live broadcast; and the roles of both Rosalba and Florencia Grimaldi in Daniel Catan’s acclaimed Florencia en el Amazonas.

Other highlights include the Naxos release of Bright Sheng’s The Phoenix; her subscription debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Charles Dutoit; Violetta in La traviata with Dayton Opera;  Mr. Tambourine Man by John Corigliano with the Pasadena Symphony; Roberta in An American Tragedy by Tobias Picker (West Coast premiere); a world premiere song cycle by William H. Curry with the No. Carolina Symphony; Mozart’s Requiem with the Pasadena Symphony; Nedda in Pagliacci with Opera Sacramento; Maria in West Side Story with the Lexington Philharmonic; the Holiday Organ Spectacular at Disney Hall; and an evening of three Puccini heroines with the Northwest Sinfonietta.

Recent engagements include her first Aïda, her first Carmen, Dvo?ák’s Stabat Mater, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, and an artist in residence position with YOSA in San Antonio funded by the NEA. She is thrilled to be creating the role of Angela in an extraordinary new flamenco opera entitled Llantas that will debut in September of 2018. Ms. Hill is also developing a one woman show entitled Daughters of the Sword based on the lives of woman warriors throughout the ages, and she is performing as both a dancer and a singer with a new multi media collective entitled "Cinétique!" in June 2017.

Ms. Hill is a Naxos recording artist. She received her BM from Oberlin, her MM from USC, and is an alumna of Los Angeles Opera’s Resident Artist program. She is a proud resident of the downtown LA artistic community where she lives happily with husband Cody Saya and a big silly dog.