Mezzo-soprano Hilary Ginther has been equally hailed as a bravura artist in classical grand opera and contemporary works. Opera Now Magazine profiled her in May 2016 as one of ten young American singers intent on taking the opera world by storm ("Written in the Stars"), calling attention both to her "terrific stage presence" and "substantial and richly colored instrument". Ms. Ginther's Philadelphia Orchestra debut as a featured soloist in the orchestra's first-ever performances of Bernstein's MASS under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin has been recorded by Deutsche Grammophon and was internationally released in March 2018, in commemoration of the composer's centenary.
Throughout 2019 Ms. Ginther made a variety of successful role and company debuts, starting with the title role of Carmen for her return to Fargo-Moorhead Opera, an interpretation acclaimed as "effortlessly powerful and richly emotive". Ms. Ginther subsequently made her Fort Worth Opera debut as Judy Sinclair in the world premiere of Rachel Peters' Companionship, receiving praise for her "gorgeously rich, textured timbre". Finally, Ms. Ginther took her initial bow with Odyssey Opera as Anne Boleyn in Saint-Saëns' grand opera Henry VIII, earning plaudits for her "darkly projected voice" and "melting lyricism" (Boston Classical Review).
In February 2020, Ms. Ginther made her New Orleans Opera debut as Joan of Arc in a rare production of Tchaikovsky's massive grand opera The Maid of Orléans. That spring, she was scheduled to make her role debut as Santuzza in Cavalleria rusticana, but that production was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Upcoming engagements include a spring 2021 return to Fargo-Moorhead Opera in which Ms. Ginther reprises the role of Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and a spring 2022 Opera Omaha debut in which she revisits Tchaikovsky as Olga in Eugene Onegin.
Recent seasons have witnessed Ms. Ginther's auspicious debuts on both coasts. During the 2017–2018 season, she made her Carnegie Hall debut as a guest artist with MidAmerica Productions, followed by her critically lauded New York City Opera debut as Lureen in the US premiere of Charles Wuorinen's Brokeback Mountain, and concluding with her Los Angeles Opera debut performing a double bill of Gordon Getty's operas Usher House and The Canterville Ghost. During the 2016–2017 season, Ms. Ginther made her Center for Contemporary Opera debut in a double bill of Louis Andriessen's Odysseus' Women and Anaïs Nin and created the buffa role of Lady Meresvale in the New York premiere of Carlisle Floyd's Prince of Players. With Florida Grand Opera throughout the 2015–2016 season, Ms. Ginther displayed the range of her artistry as both Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia and the prisoner Vlasta in Mieczysław Weinberg's The Passenger, both with Florida Grand Opera. Additionally with Florida Grand Opera she covered the leading role of Liese in The Passenger and Adalgisa in Norma.
Ms. Ginther is a 2019 recipient of the Olga Forrai Foundation Grant for Dramatic Voices. She has fulfilled young artist residences with Florida Grand Opera, Fargo-Moorhead Opera, Virginia Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, and Opera Saratoga, in addition to gaining her early professional experience with Cincinnati Opera. An alumna of the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, Ms. Ginther is represented worldwide by Piper Artists Management (http://piperartists.com/portfolio/hilary-ginther/).