Photo by Gillian Riesen
Mary-Hollis Hundley, soprano, was looking forward in her 2020-2021 season to joining the roster at The Metropolitan Opera as cover of Sister Catherine in Heggie’s Dead Man Walking as well as making her Glimmerglass Festival debut as Zemina in Wagner’s Die Feen and Fiordiligi in a reimagined production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte entitled Così?, until their unfortunate cancellations due to COVID-19.
During the 2019-20 season, Ms. Hundley was awarded First Place in the Brava! James M. Collier Vocal Competition and received an Encouragement Award from the Wagner Society of New York. She covered the Title Role in Janáček's Jenůfa at the Santa Fe Opera, where she was awarded the Anna Case MacKay Memorial Award for Outstanding Apprentices. She was most recently seen as Merilee, the Giantess in the world premiere of Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Fallen Giant with American Lyric Theater.
Hundley’s recent season highlights include Gertrud in Hänsel und Gretel at the Michigan Opera Theatre, Magda Sorel in Menotti’s The Consul with Bronx Opera, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Virginia Opera, and as a cover for Christine Brewer’s Ariadne auf Naxos at Kentucky Opera. Her other roles include Meg Page in Vaughan William’s Sir John in Love, Mother (Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors), Female Chorus (Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia), Governess (Britten’s The Turn of the Screw), and the Title Roles in Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta.
She has received awards from The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, George London Foundation, Gerda Lissner Young Artist Institute, the Richard Gaddes Fund at the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and Sarasota Opera Guild.
Ms. Hundley has been a member of many notable young artist programs, including the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis (cover of Susan Graham’s Regina and cover of Vitellia in Titus), Teatro Nuovo (cover of Jennifer Rowley’s Medea in Corinto), Virginia Opera, Opera on the James, Des Moines Metro Opera, and Sarasota Opera.