The Dazzling 2016 Fundraising Gala
Savory Serenades – a Musical Tasting
Our featured guest artist was
Hailed as “a true contralto, with a big, deep, resonant projection that can fill a hall,” Heather Petrie is becoming a familiar voice throughout the Northeast. This season she performed with the newly re-formed New York City Opera in several performances of Tosca; with the New York City Ballet’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream; and was also a featured Young Artist with Voices of Ascension. She had the pleasure of performing outside of Manhattan as a soloist with the Master Singers of Westchester, and in Connecticut with Cappella Cantorum, and The New Consort. This summer she will be part of the Bard Summerscape production of Mascagni’s opera Iris, and next season will bring her to Russia and England on tour with Clarion Music Society, and to the Metropolitan Opera for their spring production of Fidelio.
Heather performs frequently with the choir of St Ignatius Loyola, Musica Sacra, NY Philharmonic, Sacred Music in a Sacred Space, Essential Voices USA, and Voices of Ascension, and has also performed numerous times with CT Lyric Opera and the CT Virtuosi Orchestra. At Symphony Space, she has given concert performances of Suor Angelica (La Zia Principessa) and Hänsel and Gretel (The Witch). Other opera roles include Annina in der Rosenkavalier, Mary in der Fliegende Holländer, Larina in Eugene Onegin, Baba in The Medium, Miss Todd in the Old Maid and the Thief, Arnalta inL’incoronazione di Poppea, and Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro. She has also been a member of the opera chorus at both Bard Summerscape, and the Princeton Festival.
Heather is a founding member of the critically acclaimed, eight-voice treble group Etherea Vocal Ensemble, and is prominently featured on both of their recordings, released by Delos. Their first CD, Ceremony of Carols, reached #4 on the Billboard Traditional Classical charts and quickly became an iTunes Best-Seller. Hymn to the Dawn, their sophomore release, contains world premiere recordings of Amy Beach, Rheinberger, and Rossini pieces, amongst other classics. In Mendelssohn’s Drei Motetten, Heather “makes a quick but memorable solo contribution with her creamy contralto” (Opera News). Delos honored the group by highlighting them on their “40 Tracks for 40 Years” anniversary release, choosing Charles Gounod’s Noël, on which Heather is a soloist. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Voice from Bard College, a Master of Music in Opera Performance from SUNY Purchase Conservatory, and is a proud member of AGMA.