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.
Her concert repertoire includes the major oratorios of J. S. Bach, Handel, Haydn and Mozart, as well as the Requiems of Brahms, Chilcott, Fauré and Rutter and the Sabat Maters of Pergolesi and Scarlatti.
Hilary Cronin’s current engagements include J. S. Bach Christmas Oratorio at London’s Wigmore Hall, the St John Passion with Bath Minerva Choir, the St Matthew Passion with the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus, Messiah with the English Chamber Orchestra, Haydn Stabat Mater with Istante Baroque, Cleone in Rameau’s Castor et Pollux for Baroquestock Festival, Telemann Cantatas on tour with Solomon’s Knot and Vivaldi Gloria with the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, and the Philharmonia Orchestra at London’s Barbican Hall.
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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…”