Hilary Summers Contralto

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Biography

Hilary Summers was born in Wales and possesses an extensive repertoire that ranges from baroque to contemporary works. 

She has been cast in numerous world premiere productions, including Fin de partie at Milan’s La Scala, George Benjamin’s Into the Little Hill at the Paris Opera, Elliot Carter’s What Next at the Berlin Staatsoper, Gerald Barry’s The Importance of Being Earnest in London and New York, Alice’s Adventures Under Ground by the same composer with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Peter Eötvös’ Le Balcon at the Aix Festival, and Michael Nyman’s Facing Goya and War Work.

From 2004 onwards, she collaborated with Pierre Boulez on a regular basis. More specifically, she performed and recorded Le Marteau sans maître (Grammy Award). She also collaborates closely with Christian Curnym and the Early Opera Company. 

Her opera repertoire includes the roles of the Sorceress (Dido and Aeneas), Polinesso (Ariodante), Juno (Semele), Cornelia (Giulio Cesare), Geneviève (Pelléas et Mélisande), Baba the Turk and Mother Goose (The Rake’s Progress), Tisbe (La Cenerentola), Gaea (Daphne), Mrs Sedley (Peter Grimes), Mescalina (Le Grand Macabre), Tiger Lily / Mrs Darling (Peter Pan), and Hippolyta (Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream). 

More recently, she sang the role of Storge from Jephtha at the BBC Proms with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, as well as the White Queen and the Dormouse in the revival of Alice’s Adventures Under Ground at the Royal Opera House in London.

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