A ROYAL RESPONSE TO ELISABETTA IN DONIZETTI'S MARIA STUARDA IN HONG KONG
"As Elisabetta, mezzo-soprano Hilary Ginther (a stunning Adalgisa in MusicaViva’s Norma last year), is the kind of performer that lights up a stage even before she has even opened her mouth, and when she does, she delivers top-notch singing. With her warm timbre and earthy tessiture, she was reminiscent of both a young Agnes Baltsa and Huguette Tourangeau. Ginther also possesses an impressive evenness throughout the registers, not to mention sensational clarion high notes that soar at will over the ensemble. In a silvery-white gown and glittering ruff (designed by Andrew Cheung), she looked and sounded every inch a queen."
HILARY GINTHER AS OLGA IN EUGENE ONEGIN AT OPERA OMAHA
"Hilary Ginther's portrayal of Olga skillfully balanced the charm and tragedy of the character. Her luxurious mezzo-soprano savor ornamented the texture of the ensemble cast just like a favorite Christmas ornament."
"Tatyana's sister [Olga] played by mezzo-soprano, Hilary Ginther, is flirtatious and girlish as the self-absorbed younger sister, decadent yet coyly engaging at the social gatherings she attends."
"Ginther is a class act. Her articulation for discourse over expressive media, abstract theatrical concepts, and emotional tropes are all unparalleled. Many of even the most exquisite creative minds, struggle to represent the intangibles of good art or music in writing, or in conversation. Ginther, was a veritable talking guide book about…. You name it. What makes Tchaikovsky great? She has a poetic answer. What are the challenges in preparing opera in Russian? She was practically ready to tutor me herself.
Not to boast with too much bias for Ginther, but it seems like a guarantee that her performance of Olga in this weekend’s Onegin will be sublime. She knows this character better than some of us know ourselves. If you take her clarity and illustrative expression as an indicator of her taste, she also raved about her cast mates. This cast and material are making a lot of promises to Omaha that a fabulous show is in the works. "
ODYSSEY OPERA RECORDING RELEASE
On April 26th, 2022 Odyssey Opera released the 2019 recording of HENRY VIII by Saint-Saëns featuring Michael Chioldi as Henry VIII, Ellie Dehn as Catherine of Aragon, and Hilary Ginther as Anne Boleyn led by conductor and General Director, Gil Rose.
THE OLGA FORRAI FOUNDATION
Ms. Ginther has been a grantee of the Olga Forrai Foundation since 2019. They have supported her in the preparation of HENRY VIII, THE MAID OF ORLEANS, CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA, NORMA, BEETHOVEN 9, and EUGENE ONEGIN. The Olga Forrai Foundation has provided support for the career development of exceptionally large, dramatic voices and classical music conductors for 40 years.