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In constant demand as a singer of new and contemporary music, Grammy-winning soprano HILA PLITMANN has appeared as a soloist in several world premieres, including Pulitzer Prize-winner David Del Tredici’s Paul Revere’s Ride with the Atlanta Symphony; Wing on Wing with the LosAngeles Philharmonic, conducted and composed by Esa-Pekka Salonen; Mr. Tambourine Man by Oscar- and Pulitzer Prize-winner John Corigliano with the Minnesota Orchestra; and Two Awakenings and a Double Lullaby, a song cycle written for Hila by Pulitzer Prize-winner Aaron Jay Kernis.
Hila previously premiered the role of Exstasis in Eric Whitacre’s groundbreaking electro-musical Paradise Lost: Shadows and Wings in L.A. Hila sang, acted, danced, and fought in long martial-arts battles nightly for a seven-week sold-out run, a tour-de-force performance that prompted Backstage West to call her “brilliant, eliciting strong empathy and singing gorgeously,” and Theatre Mania declared she “fights like a warrior and sings like the angel she portrays.” For her work in the show Hila received nominations for Best Actress in a Musical from the Los Angeles Ovation Awards and The LA Ticketholder Awards. The show is due to open in London’s West End.
Hila has accumulated an impressive catalogue of professional recordings, appearing on Decca, Telarc, Naxos, CRI, Signum, Reference Recordings, and Disney labels. The Da Vinci Code soundtrack (Decca) was a worldwide bestseller, spending several weeks on the Billboard charts. Both Paul Revere’s Ride (Telarc), and The Da Vinci Code received Grammy nominations, and in 2009 Hila won a Grammy for Best Classical Vocal Performance for her work on the Naxos recording of John Corigliano’s song cycle Mr. Tambourine Man with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Hila can also be heard on the soundtrack of the films New York, I Love You and Pirates of the Caribbean III. Born and raised in Jerusalem, Hila received both her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees with high honors from the Juilliard School of Music, and has been awarded the coveted Sony ES Prize for her outstanding contribution to vocal arts. Hila currently lives in London with her husband, composer Eric Whitacre, and their son. She has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.