A singer recognized for her musicality, meticulous work ethic, and big voice with a big personality to match, Molly Jane Hill is an American mezzo-soprano who is at the start of what promises to be an incredibly exciting career. She is currently performing Maddalena (Rigoletto) with Charlottesville Opera (previously Ash Lawn Opera) and gearing up for a two month tour of Germany before a role debut of Ulrica in early 2018.
Equally comfortable in opera and musical theater, she recently made her debut with the Glimmerglass Festival as Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd opposite Greer Grimsley in the title role, before returning to Virginia Opera for an innovative double bill of Seven Deadly Sins and Pagliacci. While at Glimmerglass, she also performed Susanna Walcott in The Crucible, directed by Francesca Zambello with a phenomenal cast including Glimmerglass Young Artists, Brian Mulligan, Jamie Barton, and David Pittsinger, conducted by Nicole Paiement.
Spring of 2016 Molly sang her first Beethoven's 9th Symphoy with the Colburn Orchestra, as well as saw a return to San Francisco to sing Wagner's Wessendonck Lieder with the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Orchestra. She has recently won awards from the Western Region Metropolitan National Council Auditions, the Denver Lyric Opera Guild, the Pasadena Opera Guild, the East Bay Opera Leagues, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and Central City Opera.
2015-2016 was with Central City Opera where she sang the roles of Flora in La Traviata and Housekeeper in The Man of La Mancha; Virginia Opera as an Emerging Artist, singing Venus in Orpheus in the Underworld, joining an "Arias and Duets" concert series, and spreading the joy of opera to a broader audience in a production of Little Red Riding Hood.
The 2014-2015 Molly Jane was a Bonfils-Stanton Apprentice Artist with Central City Opera where she performed the roles of Sister Lillianne/Mrs. DeRocher(cover) in Dead Man Walking, Marcellina(Family Matinee) in Le Nozze di Figaro, and Frau Schmidt in The Sound of Music. At the end of the summer she was awarded with the Dorsey Family Award, for her work as a young artist on and off the stage. In Fall of 2014 she made both a company and a role debut singing Maddalena in Rigoletto with Livermore Valley Opera, followed by a performance as Dinah in Trouble in Tahiti at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Also at SFCM she sang Ottavia in L’incoronazione di Poppea (performed with period instruments), and won the 2015 Voice Concerto Competition, before graduating with a master’s degree in May 2015. She has been invited back to perform her competition piece, in Spring of 2016 with the Conservatory Orchestra. Spring of 2015 was spent as a Mosher Studio Artist with Opera Santa Barbara, where she performed Eunice Hubbell in their production of A Streetcar Named Desire. Molly Jane was invited to sing in a number of public Master Classes this past season including classes by mezzo-soprano Dolores Zajick, mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne, and James Robinson of Opera Theater St Louis.
Molly Jane holds a master’s degree from San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma City University. At OCU she sang the roles of Mother in The Consul and Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus. After graduation she participated in Si Parla, Si Canta summer program where she performed the role of Zia Principessa in Suor Angelica and studied the Italian language (and Italian cooking) in beautiful Urbania, Italy. In 2012 she studied Mandarin as a lyric language in China with Hao Jian Tian’s program, I Sing Beijing (now named ISing). She was later invited to perform her Mandarin songs with Hao Jian Tian in Denver at the Asian Performing Arts Council 25th Anniversary Gala. A lover of new music, she premiered a new composition with the Duke New Music Ensemble, a group she returned to in 2014 to record turn of the century French cabaret pieces to accompany an art exhibit at the Nasher Museum of Art in Durham, North Carolina.
Molly Jane is a native of Denver, Colorado. She can often be found in San Francisco taking lessons with teacher, César Ulloa. When she isn’t performing or practicing she can be found trying out new recipes in the kitchen, on a yoga mat, or reading a good book with her Maltese, Maude.