Hilary Grace Taylor, mezzo-soprano, is a native of Dallas, Texas and a second-year doctoral student in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy at the University of North Texas under the tutelage of Professor Carol Wilson and Stephen F. Austin. She has served as the Teaching Assistant for UNT Opera and is currently a Teaching Fellow in the Division of Vocal Studies. With UNT Opera she performed Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Desirée Armfeldt (A Little Night Music), Madame de Croissy (Dialogues des Carmélites), Third Lady (Die Zauberflöte), Martha (Faust), Mrs. Jones (Street Scene) and Gertrude Stein (After Life by Tom Cipullo).
Hilary directed UNT Opera’s semi-staged production of Madame Butterfly as well as scenes from La traviata and Le nozze di Figaro. At the invitation of Eugene Migliaro Corporon, director of the UNT Wind Symphony, she performed and recorded James M. Stephenson’s Symphony No. 2. She received her Master of Music in Vocal Performance and Opera from UNT and her Bachelor of Music from the Butler School of Music where she premiered and workshopped the role Habiba in Daron Hagen’s A Woman in Morocco. With the Dallas Opera Outreach Program Hilary was responsible for the role of Bastienne in Mozart’s Bastien und Bastienne.
She is a winner of the UNT Concerto Competition and First Place winner of the Lewisville Lake Symphony International Vocal Competition. Upcoming engagements include Giovanna (Rigoletto) with Sacramento Symphony and Opera, Dorabella (Così fan tutte) and Principessa (Suor Angelica) with Varna International, and she will be the alto soloist in the Verdi Requiem at the Durham Cathedral in Durham, England with conductor Paul Leddington Wright. Hilary is committed to furthering community arts programs, teaching and directing, and serves as cantor and soloist at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas.