About Hilary Grace

Hilary Grace TaylorSelect credits: Doctor Miracle (Veronica) and Bastien und Bastienne (Bastienne cover) with The Dallas Opera (Outreach); Rigoletto (Giovanna) with Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera; Carmen (Carmen), Regina (Regina), After Life (Gertrude Stein), Street Scene (Mrs. Jones), Faust (Martha), Dialogues des Carmélites (Madame de Croissy), A Little Night Music (Desirée), and Don Giovanni (Donna Elvira) with University of North Texas Opera.
Awards: Lewisville Lake Symphony Vocal Competition (2019)—First Place, University of North Texas Concerto Competition (2019)—Winner.
Education: University of North Texas (Master of Music, 2017), University of Texas at Austin (Bachelor of Music, 2015).

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To Watch

Virtual Sing-In, Part 3

Opera Invasion 1: Ballads on Balconies, Tour B

Cocktails, Concerts, and Conversations, Week 3

”I’m Very Much a Texas Girl” (Chautauqua Opera Song Cycle)

Week Three Master Class

Week Four Master Class

Opera Invasion 2: Opera Open Book

Opera Invasion 3: Miller Bell Tower Sing-a-long

Opera Invasion 4: Grand Finale - A Musical Tour of the Institution Grounds

Young Artist Interview

Hilary Taylor Regina Action PhotoQ: What is your hometown?
A: Dallas, Texas 

Q: What was the first opera you saw and how old were you?
A: The Magic Flute at Santa Fe Opera when I was ten! 

Q: What was the first opera in which you performed?
A: My first opera performance was chorus in Madame Butterfly with the Butler Opera Center at UT Austin. I think I was a cousin! 

Q: Opera features some pretty iconic characters. Who is your favorite operatic character and why?
A: All strong female characters I gravitate towards and identify with. I'm especially loving the two characters I'm working on right now, Regina and Carmen. They own their space and make their own choices! 

Q: Who are your opera singing idols?
A: Janet Baker, Jamie Barton, and Isabel Leonard.

Q: What do you love most about opera?
A: I love the challenge of it all. I find great purpose and reward in mastering a difficult score, or finding greater depth to a character I couldn't perceive before. 

Q: Chautauquans love their ice-cream! What is your favorite flavor?
A: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough! 

Photo caption: Hilary Grace Taylor as the title role in Regina with University of North Texas Opera. Photo Credit: Cathy Vanover Photography.

Spotify Playlist

Each week, two of our Young Artists will draw inspiration from Chautauqua Institution’s weekly theme and weekly interfaith theme to curate Spotify playlists for your listening pleasure. We hope these playlists provide inspiration, joy, and a chance to engage with these themes in a different way.

For Week Three, Hilary drew inspiration from the theme Art: A Glimpse into the Divine

She says:

“For the last week I've been trying to understand what it means to Glimpse the Divine. God is made manifest in the relationships and people around us. To be closer to God is to be closer in love: to understand someone else's cry, to hear their authentic voice. This playlist is inspired by authentic voices.  

Some of these voices made me experience authenticity outside myself, to realize the Divine was before me and within me. Other selections are experiences I've had while singing, raising my voice where I felt God before me in the divine relationship between musician, composer, audience, and the glimpse of the universe beyond understanding. Not every piece will give you the glimpse, but let it wash over you or allow the Divine to grow in your imagination. There is nothing quite like expressing yourself authentically, whatever the medium may be. 

The playlist is intended to be heard in order, but can be enjoyed at leisure. May God and the universe rejoice in your authenticity. “