I sang in three productions, and helped with production in a variety of capacities. I feel that singing roles with the company gave me a lot of experience as an artist (I am a young soprano, and there's a lot of competition out there!. Doing backstage work helped me pick up some valuable skills that I have been able to apply to other activities. Hillhouse has certainly helped me grow as an artist and a person.
The Hillhouse Opera Company (HHOC) is a great asset to the New Haven Community. As a member of the Company I have been a part of all of its productions, including mainstage operas (fully staged and with costumes and orchestra), scenes programs (also staged), concerts and master classes. The productions are always high-quality and professional, and you cannot beat the price (free, with a suggested donation of $10/person, $5 for students and seniors). The talent is mostly from Connecticut, a few have come from New York (HHOC strives to use local talent as part of its mission), and they *are* talented. The Company is still young, but they started out strong and are only getting better as they age.