Soprano Vera Hiltbrunner, born in Bern, Switzerland, completed her Masters in vocal studies at the Fontys Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Tilburg (NL) in 2016 following her Bachelors at the Hochschule für Musik Basel FHNW.
Internationally, the soprano regularly appears on stages in Germany, Austria, The Netherlands and Switzerland.
She has performed as a soloist in numerous oratorio works including: C. Orff’s Carmina Burana, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, J. Haydn’s Missa in Angustiis, Mendelssohn’s Ein Sommernachtstraum and Saint- Saëns’ Oratorio de Noël.
During the 2016/2017 season, she performed with the Dutch opera company Opera2day as an understudy in the production Dr. Miracle's last illusion, in which she sang the role of Olympia from J. Offenbach's Les contes d'Hoffmann at the Theater De Nieuwe Kolk in Assen (NL).
Vera Hiltbrunner interpreted the role of Anne in Grigory Frid's Mono-Opera The Diary of Anne Frank, directed by Sebastian Ukena at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016 and made her debut in the role of Adele in J. Strauss’ Die Fledermaus in the same year.
In 2018 she made her role debut as Cupido in Reinhard Keiser's Diana où la vengeance de Cupido, directed by Benjamin Prins and conducted by Martin Gester - a production by Génération Baroque in 2018 -, and as Miles in Benjamin Britten's The Turn of the Screw under the baton of Erik Desimpelaere.
In 2019 she has performed Steve Reich’s master piece Music for 18 Musicians together with the Holst-Sinfonietta and the Black Forest Percussion Group, singing the part of first soprano.
Together with cornettist Jedediah Allen and harpsichordist Andreas Westermann she founded the Ensemble La Casella in 2016. The focus of this collaboration lies on the interplay between the human voice and the cornetto.
The soprano was a recipient of the Hans Huber-Stiftung scholarship (Basel) and a study grant from the Stiftung Lyra (Zurich). Her training has included studies with Rosa Dominguez (Schola Cantorum Basiliensis) and she has followed masterclasses with Margreet Honig, Elsina Jansen, Paul Triepels, Frank Hilbrich, Francois Le Roux, Janet Perry and Paolo Vaglieri.