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Grammy-winning soprano HILA PLITMANN has quickly become a glittering jewel on the international music scene, known worldwide for her astonishing musicianship and gossamer voice. She regularly premieres works by today’s leading composers while maintaining a vibrant and extraordinarily diverse professional life in film music, musical theater, and song writing.
Of her extensive soundtrack work as a soloist for the Hollywood blockbuster The Da Vinci Code, CNN says: “Plitmann’s glissandi sail above the petty pulpits of earthly doctrine with an ethereal ease that argues for Plitmann’s pairing with [Kathleen] Battle or Dawn Upshaw.”
In recent years Plitmann has worked with many of today’s leading conductors, including Leonard Slatkin, Kurt Masur, Robert Spano, Marin Alsop, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Andrew Litton, and Steven Sloane. She has appeared as a headliner with the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the New Israeli Opera, and numerous other orchestras and ensembles in the United States and abroad.
In the 2011/12 season, Plitmann will perform, along with Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, the world premiere of Richard Danielpour’s Darkness in the Ancient Valley with the Nashville Symphony. Further concert engagements include another Richard Danielpour world premiere, Peace Oratorio, performed with Pacific Symphony under the baton of Carl St.Clair, along with David Del Tredici’s Final Alice with the Detroit Symphony. Past seasons highlight’s include appearances and performances with the Rundfunkchor-Berlin; Thomas Adès’ The Tempest Suite, Stravinsky’s Les Noces, and the world premiere of Gerald Barry’s The Importance of Being Earnest with the Los Angeles Philharmonic with Thomas Adès conducting; and Final Alice with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra with Leonard Slatkin conducting.
Further highlights include performances of Salonen and Larsen with Orchestra 2001, Bernstein and Golijov with the Seattle Symphony with Joana Carneiro conducting, and the New York premiere of Eric Whitacre’s Paradise Lost: Shadows and Wings at Carnegie Hall.
In constant demand as a singer of new and contemporary music, Plitmann has appeared as soloist in several world premieres, including Paul Revere’s Ride with the Atlanta Symphony, written by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Del Tredici; Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Wing on Wing with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the baton of the composer; Mr. Tambourine Man, written by Oscar and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Corigliano with the Minnesota Orchestra; and Two Awakenings and a Double Lullaby, a song cycle written for her by Pulitzer Prize-winner Aaron Jay Kernis.
In 2007, Plitmann originated the role of Exstasis in Eric Whitacre’s groundbreaking electro-musical Paradise Lost: Shadows and Wings. Plitmann 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 to declare she “fights like a warrior and sings like the angel she portrays.” For her work in the show she received nominations for Best Actress in a Musical from the Los Angeles Ovation Awards and the L.A. Ticketholder Awards.
Plitmann has accumulated an impressive catalogue of professional recordings, appearing on the Decca, Telarc, Naxos, CRI, 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 Plitmann won the Grammy for Best Classical Vocal Performance for her work on the Naxos recording of Mr. Tambourine Man with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Plitmann can also be heard on the soundtrack of the film New York, I Love You.
Born and raised in Jerusalem, Plitmann 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 the vocal arts.