Growing up in her native Jerusalem as the daughter of a Hebrew University botany professor and a musicologist mother, she was immersed in music from a young age and developed a love of all genres. In addition to her performances of traditional repertory, she has been called âa composerâs dreamâ (Star Tribune, MN), and is widely-recognized as one of todayâs foremost interpreters of contemporary music. She has partnered with diverse array of composers, regularly premiering or featuring new works, such as the staged version of Frank Zappaâs 200 Motels; Emmy Award-winner Jeff Bealâs The Paper Lined Shack, Andrea Clearfieldâs The Long Bright, Pulitzer and Grammy Award-winner Aaron Jay Kernisâ Two Awakenings and a Double Lullaby, Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Wing on Wing, numerous works by Grammy- and Oscar-winning John Corigliano, and music by Xiaogang YE, Paola Prestini, DanaĂ« Vlasse, and dozens of others.
Only one year after graduating from Juilliard, she gave her first World Premiere â and on only two weeksâ notice â with the New York Philharmonic, in Pulitzer Prize-winner David Del Tredici’s The Spider and the Fly. Since then, her appearances as soloist traverse the globe, and have included the Los Angeles, New York, and Israel Philharmonics, Chicago, Boston, London, BBC, National, St. Louis, Atlanta, Detroit, Hamburg, Stockholm, and Melbourne Symphonies, Minnesota Orchestra, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. She collaborated with some of the worldâs foremost conductors, such as Leonard Slatkin, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Kurt Masur, Marin Alsop, Thomas AdĂšs, Giancarlo Guerrero, and Robert Spano. She can also be heard as the featured vocal soloist on the feature-film soundtracks for The Da Vinci Code, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Hail Caesar, and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Her discography includes Oscar-winner John Coriglianoâs song-cycle Mr. Tambourine Man (for which she won the Grammy for âBest Classical Vocal Performanceâ), Andrea Clearfieldâs Women of Valor with Tovah Feldshuh, Richard Danielpourâs Toward a Season of Peace and the Grammy Award-winning Passion of Yeshua, Eric Whitacreâs Good Night Moon, and George Benjaminâs Into the Little Hill, among many others.
HilĂĄâs opera performances began at the age of 14, in the role of Flora in Benjamin Brittenâs Turn of the Screw at the Israeli Opera. She continues to perform with companies across the U.S., including notable roles as Mrs. Clayton in Stephen Schwartz’s SĂ©ance on a Wet Afternoon, Yan in Mark Adamo’s Becoming Santa Claus, Cecily in Gerald Barry’s The Importance of Being Earnest, and an alien (with her âstratospherically supernatural coloraturaâ â Los Angeles Times) in Yuval Sharon and Annie Gosfieldâs War of the Worlds.
Recognized as an innovative and passionate educator, she regularly offers residencies, masterclasses, and workshops on campuses across the U.S. Bringing her diverse pedagogical methods â which include mindfulness, meditation, and energetic components â to a wide variety of sessions, she combines technical focus, tools and approaches for connecting, and a sense of inner confidence, centering, and presence. Also reflected in HilĂĄâs work is her love of poetry, focus on discipline (she holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do), and engagement with nature, with which she aims to inspire light, love, beauty, and joy. She hopes her artistic risk-taking emboldens audiences to expand their comfort zones.