FLETA HYLTON, Soprano, most recently was heard at the INSeries in her one-woman show “What I Wanted to Sing When I Grew Up” and the season before that singing French cabaret songs. She has taken a foray to the Music Theater world, and understudied the lead role at Signature Theatre for the world premiere of the musical “Cake Off.”
Her professional operatic stage roles include the title role in Martha, Marie in Daughter of the Regiment, Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro (Opera News reviewed her performance as “musically polished”) Rossini’s Cenerentola, Violetta in La Traviata, several turns as Musetta in La Bohème and Despina in Così fan Tutte, Sicle in Cavalli’s L’Ormindo, First Lady in Magic Flute, Sonia in The Merry Widow, and her favorite
Mozart role (for which the Post acclaimed her a “singing actress”) Donna Elvira in Don
Giovanni. Miss Hylton has also appeared several times with the Washington National
Opera and has sung seven roles for Washington Concert Opera. No stranger to the
concert stage, she has appeared many times at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall as a
soloist, singing the soprano solos in both Mozart and Brahms Requiem, Handel’s
Messiah, and Ralph Vaughn-Williams Sea Symphony. She has also produced and sung
vocal selections for permanent exhibits at the Smithsonian Institution.
Miss Hylton has taught voice at the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music at Catholic
University since 2001, with a focus on music theater majors; she was also the Chair of
the Voice Department at the Levine School of Music for nine years. In the Washington
Metro area, she has been a first level judge for the Washington International Singing
Competition and her students have performed in Chicago, Bergen Norway, Hong Kong,
Philadelphia, Washington, the Miss America Pageant (Atlantic City), national music
theater tours out of New York, and national tours sponsored by the Kennedy Center.