Hila Plitmann, soprano
Jerry Junkin, director
Leonard Bernstein, trans. Frank Bencriscutto
Profanation from Symphony No. 1
Songs From the End of the World (2015)
Symphony No. 5 (2002)
Born in Jerusalem, soprano Hila Plitmann has quickly become a one of the most admired artists of the international music scene, known worldwide for her musicianship and outstanding vocal abilities. She regularly premieres works by today's leading composers while maintaining a vibrant and extraordinarily diverse professional life in film music, musical theatre, and songwriting.
In recent years she has worked with many of today's leading conductors, including 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, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the New Israeli Opera and numerous other orchestras and ensembles in the U.S. and abroad.
In constant demand as a singer of new and contemporary classical music, she has recently appeared as the soloist of 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, the composer conducting; Mr. Tambourine Man 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 she originated the role of Exstasis in Eric Whitacre's groundbreaking electro-musical Paradise Lost: Shadows and Wings. Ms. 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 earned great critical acclaim. 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.
Ms. Plitmann is accumulating an impressive catalogue of professional recordings, appearing on the Decca, Telarc, Naxos, CRI 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.
Upcoming engagements include performances with the National Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin conducting; the Altanta Symphony Orchestra with Robert Spano at Carnegie Hall; and a concert version of John Adams' Nixon in China with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the composer conducting.
Ms. Plitmann received her Bachelor of Music 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.