About Heather Stebbins
Soprano Heather Stebbins, of Wellsville, New York is a singer being praised for her warm and colorful voice. Her artistry and outstanding musicianship are quickly making her a sought after young singer in today's world of opera.
Last spring, Heather took on the title role of "Ariadne" in the sold out run of Opera Philadelphia's production of Richard Struss' Ariadne auf Naxos. Opera News review calls Heather's portrayal, "quite moving, with a fine, tireless-sounding Ariadne showing considerable talent and even greater promise; clearly, a soprano to watch."
This winter Ms. Stebbins will make her debut in the East Coast Premier of Higdon/Scheer's Cold Mountain with Opera Philadelphia, also starring Isabel Leonard and Nathan Gunn. The production held a sold out run in the west coast premier last summer with the Santa Fe Opera.
In the Spring of 2016 Ms. Stebbins will perform two new "countess" roles. In March, at the Kimmel Center with Opera Philadelphia she will perform as the Countess Madeleine in Richard Strauss' Capriccio. May 2016 she will follow by performing the Countess Almaviva in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro with Curtis Opera Theater.
Recently Heather appeared as a featured solo artist with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra singing selections from Samuel Barber's Anthony and Cleopatra. "She succeeded in telling a story in both scenes with a great deal of orchestral activity behind her. Ms. Stebbins sang her two soliloquy scenes with an intense approach and a rich dramatic voice."
Heather is a current Masters student at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia studying with Marlena Malas. She received her Bachelor of Vocal Performance Degree from the Juilliard School in May 2013.
Previous years roles include the role of Madame Lidoine in Opera Philadelphia's The Dialogues of the Carmelites at the Kimmel Center which she performed to exceptional accolades and Ciesca in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi.
Her 2013-2014 season at Curtis included her performing as Giannetta in the production of L’Elisir D’Amore and as Clorinda in La Cenerentola. Additional opportunites last season included covering the role of Magda in Puccini's La rondine and showcasing the work of Ricky Ian Gordon in concert.
Just as comfortable singing opera, Heather enjoys singing lieder and art song. Her “rich expressive tone” has been showcased in many performances here in Philadelphia and throughout New York City in Liederabends, Songbooks, Recitals, and Scene Programs. In recent summers Heather attended the The Chautauqua Institution Voice Program and the Aspen Music Festival as a part of the Aspen Opera Theater Center (AOTC). She has covered the roles of Magda in Puccini's La rondine and The First Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. At Chautauqua she performed the role of Madame Lidione in Poulenc's The Dialogues of the Carmelites. She has portrayed the roles of Fiordiligi, Elettra, and Rosalinde in AOTC’s Opera Scenes Master Classes. In the summers of 2010 and 2011 Heather attended the Orford Arts Centre Academy in Canada taking part in their Voice Masterclass Series studying with Lena Hellström-Färnlöf, Chantal Lambert, Denise Massé, Michael McMahon, Edith Bers and Wendy Nielsen.
Miss Stebbins was a semifinalist in the 2009 Classical Singer Competition. In 2008, Heather won first place in both the NATS Boston Competition as well as the Peter Elvins Competition and in that same year participated in an internship at the Boston Lyric Opera. She has performed as a featured soloist at Carnegie Hall in 2008 and has had the opportunity to study and work with artists including Sondra Radvanovsky, Craig Rutenberg, Simon Estes, Edith Bers, Brian Zeger, Margo Garrett, Danielle Orlando, Isabel Leonard, and Mikael Eliasen.