Winner of both First Prize and the Audience Prize at the 2021 London Handel International Singing Competition, Hilary Cronin studied at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and was a Robinson Hearn, Trinity College London, and Dame Susan Morden Scholar.
Prior to this, Hilary read Music and was a choral scholar at Royal Holloway University of London, where she was awarded The Driver Prize and the Dame Felicity Lott Bursary. She also studied on British Youth Opera’s 2020/2021 Serena Fenwick Programme.
Operatic engagements have included Grilletta Lo Speziale for Baroquestock Opera, Mother Hansel and Gretel for Silent Opera at Opera Holland Park, Second Woman Dido and Aeneas for the New Generation Festival, Céphise in Rameau’s Pygmalion for the Dunedin Consort and Mrs Waters The Boatswain’s Mate for Grimeborne Festival.
Engagements during 2021 / 2022 included Télaïre Castor et Pollux with The Rameau Project, J. S. Bach St John Passion with VOCES8 and St Matthew Passion with the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus, Beethoven Choral Fantasia with the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Messiah with the English Chamber Orchestra, Handel Silete venti for the London Handel Festival, a Handel Gala with Bath Minerva Choir, Haydn Stabat Mater with Istante Baroque, Ode to Purcell on tour with Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Telemann Cantatas on tour with Solomon’s Knot, Vaughan Williams Benedicite with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Current engagements include Poppea Agrippina with English Touring Opera, tours of J. S. Bach B Minor Mass, Christmas Oratorio and Music of Consolation – Music by J. S. Bach, Schein and Schütz with The Monteverdi Choir, the St Matthew Passion with Sestina, Blow and Purcell with The English Concert at the Wigmore Hall, Fauré Requiem at Teatro La Fenice, Handel Chandos Anthems with Arcangelo, Messiah with the Irish Baroque Orchestra, the London Handel Orchestra, the London Mozart Players and The Sixteen, Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, a recording for La Nuova Musica as Second Woman Dido and Aeneas and a recital at the 2023 Handel Festival, Halle.
Hilary Cronin was selected by BBC Music Magazine as a Rising Star for 2022.
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Christmas Oratorio / English Baroque Soloists 2022
“…outstanding especially…the interchanges of Hilary Cronin, one of the meatier sopranos in Gardiner’s ensemble, with oboist Michael Niesemann and their echo doubles in Part Four…”
The Arts Desk
Messiah / The Sixteen 2022
“Hilary Cronin, whose lovely ample voice could have dominated a nave three times the length of this one…highly skilled, notably agile in melismatic passages.”
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Messiah / Welsh National Opera 2022
“Soprano Harriet Eyley glistened throughout, her voice clear and precise and her presence both humble and all-encompassing whenever she performed.”
Poppea: Agrippina / English Touring Opera 2022
“Hilary Cronin’s Poppea was a schemer, with a serious core to her performance, giving us a woman well aware of her sexual power, plus some sparkling singing.”
Purcell & Blow / The English Concert 2022
“The sound was always refined, gilded by Hilary Cronin’s soprano.”
Telaïre: Castor et Pollux / The Rameau Project
“Hilary Cronin sang Telaïre with a rich palette of tone and nuance.”
St John Passion / VOCES8 2022
“But it was in the arias that things really took flight. Hilary Cronin’s golden-toned “Ich folge dir gleichfalls” danced around a pair of flutes…”
The Arts Desk
Music for Holy Week / London Handel Festival 2022
“Hilary Cronin sang the whole motet with a glorious sense of technical security allied to fine style, she projected strong direct tones, and moved easily between the brilliant trumpet and the more intimate.”
Telemann: Die Donnerode / Magdeburger Telemann Festtage 2022
“Hilary Cronin’s gloriously golden-toned soprano was a sublime, ethereal delight…”
Ode an Purcell / Freiburg Baroque Orchestra 2022
“Hilary Cronin sang with luminously clear purity…”
London Handel International Singing Competition 2021 / St George’s Hanover Square
“Particular congratulations to this year’s winner Hilary Cronin whose expression and communication captured the true spirit of Handel.”
Mother: Hansel and Gretel / Silent Opera at Opera Holland Park
Poulenc: Salve Regina / York Early Music Christmas Festival
“Hilary Cronin was luminously clear in the high soprano part of Poulenc’s Salve Regina.”
Mrs Waters: The Boatswain’s Mate / Grimeborn Festival
“Hilary Cronin as the landlady, Mrs Waters, seizes the opportunity of her two memorable set-pieces…”
“Hilary Cronin presents a suitably feisty and authoritative Mrs Waters, the landlady of the pub in which the action takes place. Her beautifully performed ‘What If I Were Young Again’ proves to be one of the show’s most poignant highlights, matched only by her final aria at its climax.”
Musical Theatre Review
“…her creamy, fluting soprano took flight in the lyrical episodes.”
“Hilary Cronin made a delightful Mrs Waters…Cronin managed to bring a nice mix of solid strength to the role, with some charming girlish touches when Mrs Waters realises she has caught Ned Travers’ eye. Cronin has a lovely bright, flexible voice which I suspect will grow. Here she coped ably with the tessitura and was touching in Mrs Waters’ big solo scene…”