Grammy award-winning soprano Hila Plitmann is a glittering jewel on the international music scene, known worldwide for her astonishing musicianship, light and beautiful voice, and the ability to perform challenging new works. She regularly premieres works by today’s leading composers while maintaining a vibrant and extraordinarily diverse professional life in film music, musical theatre, and song writing. View full bio…
Having given the world premiere less than 24 hours previously, the required narrator, singers and players returned for a second outing of David Del Tredici’s Dum Dee Tweedle. Under master of ceremonies Leonard Slatkin’s committed and galvanising direction, this was quite something.
Where to begin with Dum Dee Tweedle? Well, you can’t, save that Alexandra Silber opened proceedings and was a charismatic and unstinting narrator from her first word, with a range of voices and no little involvement; and the singers, Hila Plitman without a score, rose to the occasion with characterful contributions as well as hand and facial gestures…I therefore enjoyed Dum Dee Tweedle as an 80-minute (to the second) aural extravaganza of irresistible energy, amazing orchestration (I loved the ‘big band’ brass) and a stylistic diversity that suggested we have been here before, yet it all seemed completely new. Alice would no doubt have been curious about this.
Review of Del Tredici’s “Dum Dum Tweedle” with the DSO/Leonard Slatkin on 1 December 2013, Colin Anderson, Classical Source. Read the full review
Slatkin skillfully managed the huge forces on stage with finesse, and the DSO played with gusto …..Hila Plitmann, Re’ut Ben-Ze’ev, Scott Ramsay and Michael Kelly sang with distinction, and the WSU Symphonic Choir did itself proud.
Review of Del Tredici’s “Dum Dum Tweedle” world premiere with the DSO/Leonard Slatkin on 30 November 2013, Detroit Free Press. Read the full review
Hila Plitmann, a London-based contemporary music specialist (and wife of composer Eric Whitacre), was a mesmerizing protagonist, displaying clear diction while wandering the stage, at once frenzied and sad. Her upper register gleamed, bereft of strain, and chest tones exuded glamour. Plitmann evoked Eros and she bent phrases with a touch of soft scat-singing for Shelley’s dream.
Her stunning performance was matched by the ensemble. Whether churning out repetitive motifs, projecting brass and percussive outbursts or quietly suggesting sadness, Green’s players superbly executed Daugherty’s demanding writing. Plitmann, Green and Daugherty received a prolonged standing ovation.
Review of Michael Daugherty’s song cycle “Labyrinth of Love” at Festival Miami on 7th October 2013, South Florida Classical Review. Read the full review
Hila Plitmann [who] sang a beautiful version of one of Bucchino’s most famous numbers, ‘Sweet Dreams’. I have heard a number of artists perform this song, but the extra vulnerability her soprano voice brought to this rendition was incredibly moving.
Review of An Evening with John Bucchino and Friends on 30 June 2013 by by Fiona-Jane Weston, Musical Theatre Review. Read the full review
Hila Plitmann whose delicate, soprano rendition of ‘Sweet Dreams’; a song stylistically reminiscent of the early work on Joni Mitchell, was hauntingly & skillfully performed. Plitmann also sang ‘This Moment’ later in the show with equal skill.
Review of the John Bucchino and Friends concert, 30 June 2013 Read the full review