Photo by Paul Horpedahl
Photo by Gillian Riesen
Photo by Gillian Riesen
Mary-Hollis Hundley's upcoming engagements include a reprise of the role of Joella "Jo" Jenner in The Knock by composer Aleksandra Vrebalov and librettist Deborah Brevoort for Cincinnati Opera, a role she sang for its world premiere in 2021 with The Glimmerglass Festival. She will be joining the roster of The Metropolitan Opera as cover of Sister Catherine in Heggie's Dead Man Walking. She will then return to Arizona Opera for Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni). Additional engagements this season include Freia in Dayton Opera's Das Rheingold, Alecta in House of Orfeus for Opera Carolina, Frau Schmidt in The Sound of Music for Arizona Opera, and Die Aufseherin in Elektra with New York Dramatic Voices.
In the summer of 2022, Ms. Hundley made her official The Glimmerglass Festival debut performing the roles of Kayla in Taking Up Serpents and Frau Schmidt in The Sound of Music.
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 Santa Fe Opera, where she was awarded the Anna Case MacKay Memorial Award for Outstanding Apprentices.
Hundley's previous season highlights include Gertrud in Hänsel und Gretel at Detroit Opera, Magda Sorel in Menotti’s The Consul with Bronx Opera, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Virginia Opera, and three exciting covers: Christine Brewer’s Ariadne auf Naxos at Kentucky Opera, Jennifer Rowley's Medea in Mayr's Medea in Corinto with Teatro Nuovo, and Susan Graham in the Title Role of Blitzstein's Regina at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis.
Her mainstage credits include Meg Page in Vaughan William’s Sir John in Love (Bronx Opera), High Priestess in Aida (Sarasota Opera), Musetta in La bohème (Tulsa Opera), and Vitellia in La clemenza di Tito (Opera in the Heights). She has received awards from The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, George London Foundation, Gerda Lissner Young Artist Institute, and Sarasota Opera Guild.
Her other recent roles include 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 titles roles in Puccini's Suor Angelica and Tchaikovsky's Iolanta. She holds degrees from Mannes School of Music (The New School) and University of Kentucky.