Shana Blake Hill, soprano
Shana Blake Hill continues to excite audiences and critics alike in operatic, orchestral and theatrical genres. Opera News hailed Ms. Hill’s Cincinnati Opera performance of Rosalba in Florencia en el Amazonas as “…a highlight of the performance…floods of glorious sound.” Ms. Hill has appeared as a principal artist with such opera companies as: The Los Angeles Opera, Savonlinna Festival Opera, Dayton Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Opera Pacific, Long Beach Opera, Santa Barbara Opera, Fargo Moorhead Opera, Sacramento Opera and Berkshire Opera. She has also been featured as a solo artist with orchestras such as; The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, The Seattle Symphony, The Pacific Symphony, Berkeley Symphony, The New West Symphony, Pacific Chorale, The Florida Philharmonic, The Naples Philharmonic, The Pasadena Symphony, The Louisville Orchestra, Northwest Sinfonietta and The Colorado Symphony.
Especially at home with contemporary music, some of Ms. Hill’s World Premiers and projects include: Bright Sheng’s The Phoenix for soprano and orchestra, Sakagawea in Michael Ching’s opera Corps of Discovery on the Lewis 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 Paramount’s Blockbuster 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 recently chosen to be part of Paramount Studio’s newly released 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”, most recently she is heavily featured on the soundtrack of the short film "God don't like Ugly", premiering February of 2015, which examines interracial marriage in the south during the 1960s.
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), World Premiere song cycle By William H. Curry with The North Carolina Symphony, Mozart’s Requiem with The Pasadena Symphony, Nedda in Pagliacci with Sacramento Opera, 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.
Recent and upcoming projects include Aida in New Mexico and in Baltimore, Leila in The Pearl Fishers with Opera Southwest, Odabella in Attila with Opera Nova, Dvorak’s Stabat Mater with the Angeles Chorale, Rossini's Stabat Mater with The Dream Orchestra, a classical circus/cabaret series in Downtown LA, "Love and War" a new musical about pilots in WW2, an album, and film soundtrack with Grammy winning producer Andreao Heard, A Celebration of Mozart with YOSA in San Antonio, and a series of events throughout the year to celebrate the history of "Black Wall street" and the legacy of Dr. A.M. Moore in Durham North Carolina. Ms. Hill is also currently developing a one woman show called 'Daughters of the Sword' based on the lives of woman warriors throughout the ages and our Nation's current female active duty soldiers and Veterans.
Ms. Hill received her BM from Oberlin, her MM from USC, and is an Alumna of The Los Angeles Opera’s Resident Artist program.