About Hila Plitmann
Soprano Hila Plitmann specializes in avant-garde and contemporary music. She has premiered and recorded new works by many top composers in the U.S. and Europe.
Plitmann was born on August 9, 1973, in Jerusalem. She attended the Juilliard School, earning bachelor's and master's degrees there with high honors. Plitmann has been based for most of her career in the U.S. or Britain, although she has continued to perform in Israel. An important milestone in Plitmann's early career was her 1998 performance in David Del Tredici's The Spider and the Fly, with the New York Philharmonic under Kurt Masur. That began a long series of Plitmann premieres of works by major composers including Esa-Pekka Salonen (Wing on Wing, with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Disney Hall), John Corigliano (Mr. Tambourine Man, with the Buffalo Philharmonic under JoAnn Falletta), and Aaron Jay Kernis, who wrote a song cycle expressly for Plitmann. Another composer whose works Plitmann often performed was Eric Whitacre, to whom she was married from 1998 to 2017. Plitmann has appeared with top orchestral ensembles in the U.S. and beyond, including the Chicago Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the Israel Philharmonic. A notable feature of Plitmann's premieres is that she performs them from memory, believing that by doing so, she can enter more deeply into the figure or character she is portraying. Plitmann was heard on the soundtrack of the 2006 film The Da Vinci Code, and she sometimes performs songs of her own.
Plitmann has recorded many of the new works she has premiered. Her albums have appeared on Delos, Naxos, BIS, and other labels. In 2011, she released The Ancient Question... a voyage through Jewish songs on the Signum Classics label; the Five Yiddish Songs appearing on the album were composed by Plitmann. The following year she was heard on the recording of Whitacre's setting of the children's story Goodnight Moon. In 2020, Plitmann was heard as Miryam Magdala (Mary Magdalene) in the world premiere recording of Richard Danielpour's oratorio The Passion of Yeshua. ~ James Manheim