Soprano Hila Plitmann has received staggering reviews for her performances of works by Thomas Adès and Oliver Knussen in Melbourne, Australia. Singing in two concerts with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra conducted by Adès himself, critic Martin Duffy writes of how Plitmann’s interpretation of the conductor/composer’s work Life Story “beautifully conveyed the vulnerability of its protagonist and the many contrasts of its text…”. He goes on to say “renowned for her vocal flexibility and interpretations of contemporary works, Plitmann was also outstanding in Knussen’s Hums and Songs of Winnie the Pooh.” (The Canberra Times). Deemed an “experienced performer of musical theatre and film scores” Plitmann’s performance has also been described as being “perfectly executed” (Duncan Yardley, ABC Classic FM) as she “sizzled her way across the stage, her exuberant physical mannerisms pure cabaret and her voice remaining supple, mellow and pure while delivering a barrage of leaps, shifts and shrill effects.” (Eamonn Kelly, The Australian).
The second performance consisted of excerpts from Adès’s opera The Tempest with Plitmann singing the role of Ariel. Clive O’Connell summed up the evening by writing “the surprises and new music-style innovations came in the impossibly high and angular line for Hila Plitmann’s Ariel, her contribution providing a study in brilliant technique harnessed to a near-incomprehensible text.” (The Age).