Mary-Hollis Hundley, soprano, was looking forward in her 2020-2021 season to join 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.
Ms. Hundley spent the 2017-18 season as Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Virginia Opera, Zerlina in Opera on the James’ Don Giovanni, and as a cover for Christine Brewer’s Ariadne auf Naxosat Kentucky Opera. After covering Vitellia in Mozart’s Titus (La clemenza di Tito) during the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis’ 2017 season, she returned last summer to cover Susan Graham in the title role of Blitzstein’s Regina. She served as a Resident Artist at Teatro Nuovo for the remainder of that summer, covering Jennifer Rowley in the title role of Mayr’s Medea in Corinto.
Her mainstage credits include Meg Page in Vaughan William’s Sir John in Love (Bronx Opera), High Priestess (Aïda) at Sarasota Opera, Musetta (La bohème) at Tulsa Opera, and Vitellia (La clemenza di Tito) at 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 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 title roles in Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta. She holds degrees from Mannes College the New School for Music and the University of Kentucky.