Heather Roberts, Mezzo-Soprano

HEATHER ROBERTSHeatherRoberts, in white dress

Mezzo-Soprano

Heather Roberts is “…riveting…she has an enormous and powerful voice…truly thrilling…” raves the online magazine Concertonet.com.  Known for her vocal and theatrical versatility, Ms. Roberts has performed opera, operetta, oratorio, musical theater, and lieder.  2016 began with a reprise of Ms. Roberts’ Witch in Hansel and Gretel and will conclude with her singing Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni.  Looking forward to the 2016/17 season, Ms. Roberts begins by performing concerts in Portland, OR and NY, performs the solo in The Messiah, revises Donna Elvira and expands her talents by directing Hansel and Gretel.

After singing Mum in Britten’s Albert Herring in January 2015 in New York, Ms. Roberts continued the year by performing Wellgunde (Götterdämmerung) and Adalgisa (Norma).  In addition to her Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, and Katharine Hepburn Arts Center appearances as Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro, Heather Roberts finished off her 2013/14 season with a flourish of roles.  She had the pleasure of performing Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, the Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos, and La Zia Principessa, as well as La Zelatrice in Suor Angelica. She began her 2012/13 season with her debut as the Beggar Woman/Lucy Todd in Sweeney Todd with the St. Petersburg Opera in Florida. Other roles included Zemira in the world premiere of Tamar da Timna with the Garden State Opera in New Jersey, as well as the role of the Monkey in Monkey See, Monkey Do in Virginia.  In addition to her opera roles, Ms. Roberts was invited to perform a recital of works by composer Kurt Poterack, created especially for her, at the Artist Series Concert in Virginia.

Ms. Roberts concluded an extremely busy 2011-2012 season.  During that year she sang the Witch in Hansel and Gretel for the Bronx Opera, Opera Manhattan, and Opera Camerata of Washington DC, the 3rd Lady in Magic Flute, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly for the Regina Opera Company, Giannetta in L’Elisir D’Amore and Siegrune in Die Walküre (New York Lyric Opera Theatre).  Other roles performed in the past few seasons include Flora in La Traviata, the lead role Tigrana in Puccini’s Edgar (US premiere), Anne Boleyn in Henry The VIII, Stephano and Gertrude in Romeo et Juliette, La Cieca in La Gioconda, Carmela in Jewels of The Madonna, Rose in The Promise (world premiere), Florence in Albert Herring, Mother in Amahl and The Night Visitors, and the title roles in both Cenerentola (under the direction of Christopher Mattaliano at the Pine Mountain Music Festival) and Carmen.

In operetta, Ms. Roberts sang with the Savoy-Aires Gilbert and Sullivan Company in the Chicago area.  Roles with the Savoy-Aires included Pitti-Sing and Peep-Bo in The Mikado and Cousin Hebe in H.M.S. Pinafore.  In addition to performing, Ms. Roberts also was the conductor for various performances throughout the Chicago area for the company.

Equally sought after on the concert stage, Ms. Roberts has appeared with the Honolulu Symphony in Hawaii under the direction of Maestro Samuel Wong, as well as the Manhattan Camerata Orchestra of New York.  Major works range from the contemporary to the classical, including Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Haydn’s Creation, Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater Dolorosa, Schubert’s Mass in G, and Mozart’s Litaniae Laurentanae in D Major.

Ms. Roberts’ has also generously performed benefit recitals to help promote pediatric cancer research.  In the past few seasons, Ms. Roberts sang for the Gilda’s Club in Philadelphia and continued her philanthropic work for the Neuroblastoma Alliance Foundation’s annual fundraiser in Vermont. In addition, Ms. Roberts has performed in multiple venues throughout the United States, presenting a musical review compiled of “favorite oldies”, musical theater songs, arias, and lieder.

Heather Roberts greatly enjoys singing art song and performing new works.  She was the winner of the Hawaii Public Radio Art Song Contest and performed a winner’s recital live on air for the radio station. Ms. Roberts was a finalist in the Art Song Discovery Concert Series 2009-2010 for the Vocal Arts Society in the DC metro area. In 2012, she was a featured soloist at the Galapagos Art Space with Opera Moderne in New York City and performed the Sechs Lieder, Opus 13, by Clara Schumann.

Ms. Roberts recorded her first album Perspectives with Melodic Dog Productions. The album is a pairing of eight pieces called The Confession Stone by Robert Fleming and Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater.  Ms. Roberts is looking forward to creating an album of fabulous art songs about animals by American composers.  This album is aimed at our younger audiences!

Heather Roberts is recognized as a certified music educator and has directed and developed programs in Oregon, Illinois, Hawaii, Maryland, the DC metro area, and New York City for children’s choirs, youth choirs, musical theater, and opera in the schools. Ms. Roberts developed a method which helps singers of all ages, beginning with children at the age of 4 through adults and focuses on appropriate vocal health and development.  Ms. Roberts shares her passion for her music and helps others bring the joy of experiencing the arts to life.  She currently lives in New York with her family.

 

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