Recently hailed as an “excellent Soprano” by Mark Swed of the LA Times and as “...a revelation” by LA Weekly, soprano Shana Blake Hill is known for creating and premiering new roles, operas, and contemporary works. Hill has sung principal roles with: LA Opera, Savonlinna Festival Opera (Finland), Dayton Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Long Beach Opera, Santa Barbara Opera, and Opera Southwest. She has been a featured soloist with: The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, The Seattle Symphony, The Pacific Symphony, The Naples Philharmonic, The Pasadena Symphony, The Louisville Orchestra, and The Colorado Symphony. She is a Naxos and Sony recording artist, and is featured on Sony’s Favorite Film Score Compilation.
Her latest world premiere as Angela in Adam Del Monte’s flamenco opera Llantos 1492 with the Tucson Desert Festival of Song made opera history, her performance as Ghita in Zemlinky’s Der Zwerg at the Theater at Ace Hotel in DTLA was critically acclaimed and her performance of the title role in Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah with Festival Opera in 2019 won her third place in the “Best Opera Singer” category in San Francisco Classical Voice’s “Best of the Bay” awards, as well as “Best New Discovery”. Hill finished 2019 with Numi Opera as Laura in Korngold’s Der Ring Des Polycrates, a production that garnered her rave reviews on the international and local press.
Recent projects in 2020 include Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with CSUN Orchestra and Chorus, A Veterans Voices World Premier collaboration with LA Opera as part of the “Eurydice Found” Festival, an online recital series with LA Opera Connects in partnership with Keck Medical Services and an online recital salute to Women’s Suffrage with Clazzical Notes, a Jazz/Classical hybrid recital series based in Los Angeles. Shana Blake Hill is proud to be a performing artist of mixed race (Black/Irish) and advocates in every way she can for a more diverse, equitable and socially conscious lens through which to experience the classical arts.