Shana Blake Hill has appeared as a principal artist with such opera companies as Los Angeles Opera, Savonlinna Festival Opera (Finland), Dayton Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Opera Pacific, Long Beach Opera, Santa Barbara Opera, Fargo Moorhead Opera, Opera Sacramento and Berkshire Opera. She has also been featured as a solo artist with orchestras such as 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 Ms. Hill’s world premieres and projects include Bright Sheng’s The Phoenix for soprano and orchestra; Sakagawea in Michael Ching’s opera Corps of Discovery on the Louis and Clark expedition; Sally Hemings in Glenn Paxton’s opera Monticello on the controversial personal life of Thomas Jefferson; Ticie in On Gold Mountain, an opera by Nathan Wang commissioned by Los Angeles Opera on the novel by Lisa See; Sara’s Diary: 9/11, a dramatic song cycle on prose by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Leroy Aarons for NPR live radio broadcast; and both the roles of Rosalba and Florencia Grimaldi in Daniel Catan’s acclaimed opera Florencia en el Amazonas.
In the genre of film, Ms. Hill was chosen by legendary film composer Jerry Goldsmith to record the title track “The Mission” which opens the film The Sum of All Fears. Amazon.com remarks in their review of the soundtrack CD, “what sets it apart is the operatic performance of Shana Blake Hill…a stirring opening which proves to be the highpoint of the score.” Ms. Hill’s performance of “The Mission” was chosen to be part of Paramount Studio’s 90th Anniversary Favorite Soundtrack Compilation CD. Other media credits include solos on the soundtracks of the feature film Red Dirt and the Sci-Fi Series Seven Days to Midnight.
Recent career highlights include the release on the Naxos label of Bright Sheng’s The Phoenix and Ms. Hill’s 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 North 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 the creation, direction and performance of an evening of three Puccini heroines with the Northwest Sinfonietta.
Current projects include a classical circus/cabaret series in Downtown LA; Love and War, a new musical set in post WW2 New York; an album project with Grammy winning producer Andreao Heard; producing, directing and singing an updated production of Menotti's The Telephone incorporating modern technology for the Blue Sage festival in Colorado; Carmina Burana with the Bakersfield Symphony; Florencia Grimaldi in a concert performance of Daniel Catan's Florencia en el Amazonas at the Broad Stage; Leila in The Pearl Fishers with Opera Southwest; a touring recital based on the snapshots and musings of Andy Warhol; a poetry anthology project with USC’s Vision’s and Voices; and the ongoing composition/creation of a one woman opera on the subject of Marilyn Monroe.
Ms. Hill 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 Los Angeles artistic community where she is a happy newlywed with husband Cody Saya and their big silly dog.