Stunning audiences with her sterling lyric soprano voice and incisive stage personality, American soprano Heidi Stober has established herself as a house favourite at leading companies on both sides of the Atlantic.
Since her critically acclaimed debut at Deutsche Oper Berlin in the autumn of 2008 Heidi has cultivated a long-standing relationship with the company, appearing in a variety of leading roles including Pamina Die Zauberflöte, Micaëla Carmen, Susanna Le nozze di Figaro, Adina in a new production of L’elisir d’amore, Marguerite Faust, Gretel Hänsel und Gretel, Oscar Un ballo in maschera, Nannetta Falstaff, Zerlina and Donna Elvira Don Giovanni and Princess Ninette in Robert Carsen’s new production of L’Amour des Trois Oranges.
Highlights of the 2018-19 season include Heidi’s return to San Francisco Opera to sing Zdenka Arabella and Angelica Orlando, a return to Lyric Opera Chicago for Dalinda Ariodante, her house debut for Dutch National Opera as Antigone in George Enescu’s Oedipe and performances at Deutsche Oper Berlin as Pamina Die Zauberflöte and Micaëla Carmen. On the concert platform Heidi will sing Stravinsky’s Cantata with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Esa-Pekka Salonen. Further ahead, Heidi returns to sing at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, San Francisco Opera and Garsington Opera.
Last season Heidi made her role debut as Cleopatra Giulio Cesare for Houston Grand Opera, as well as the roles of Miss Thompson/Helen Milla/Adelaide Mills in the world premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon’s The House without a Christmas Tree at Houston Grand Opera; Micaëla Carmen, Donna Elvira Don Giovanni and Oscar Un ballo in maschera for Deutsche Oper Berlin; Esther in Chicago with Music of the Baroque; and Adina L’elisir d’amore for Semperoper Dresden. On the concert platform Heidi performed Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra under the baton on Jun Märkl, Bernstein’s A White House Cantata with the Netherlands Radio Filharmonisch Orkest and gave a performance of Handel’s Sampson in Krakow with Capella Cracoviensis conducted by Jan Tomasz Adamus .
Heidi made her Metropolitan Opera debut in the 2011-2012 season as Gretel Hansel and Gretel conducted by Robin Ticciati, returning to the company in recent years in this role and as Pamina Die Zauberflöte, Una voca dal cielo Don Carlos and Oscar Un ballo in maschera. Heidi also holds strong relationships with Houston Grand Opera, where she has performed Susanna Le nozze di Figaro, Musetta La bohème, Atalanta Xerxes, Blondchen Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Drusilla L’incoronazione di Poppea and Norina Don Pasquale, and with Santa Fe Opera where her roles have included Sandrina La finta giardiniera, La Folie Plateé, Tigrane Radamisto, Musetta La bohème, Zdenka Arabella and Ada in the world premiere of Theodore Morrison’s Oscar. Other notable operatic engagements include Norina in Laurent Pelly’s production of Don Pasquale and Johanna in Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd for San Francisco Opera, Adina L’Elisir at the Wiener Staatsoper, her role debut as title role Semele for Garsington Opera, her house and role debut as title role Alcina and Micaëla Carmen for Semperoper Dresden, Valencienne The Merry Widow at the Lyric Opera of Chicago conducted by Sir Andrew Davies and Ada in Theodore Morrison’s Oscar for Opera Philadelphia.
Highlights on the concert platform include Messiah with the New York Philharmonic; for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Mozart’s Requiem and the world premiere of Stephen Hartke’s Symphony No. 4 conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra conducted by Edo de Waart; Anne Trulove The Rake’s Progress with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the Oslo Philharmonic and with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Baltimore Symphony; Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem with the Houston Symphony; Handel’s Messiah with the Hong Kong Philharmonic; Carmina Burana with Houston Ballet, Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin conducted by Mark Wigglesworth and a solo recital at Carnegie Hall.
Heidi Stober’s professional training took place at the Houston Grand Opera Studio, and she holds degrees from Lawrence University and the New England Conservatory.