Leah Heater has been hailed for her “exquisite voice” and considerable “acting capabilities”. She has sung as a soloist at venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, and with opera companies such as Pittsburgh Opera, Virginia Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Opera Maine, Sarasota Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, and Washington Concert Opera. She has performed the operatic roles of Fricka in “The Valkyrie”, Mother in “Hansel and Gretel”, Gertrude in “Hamlet”, Marcellina in “Le nozze di Figaro”, Principessa in “Suor Angelica”, Zita in “Gianni Schicchi” Baba in “The Medium”, Mother Marie in “Dialogues of the Carmelites”, Carmen in “Carmen” and “La tragèdie de Carmen”, Princess Eboli in “Don Carlos”, Riccardo in “Riccardo Primo”, Dritte Dame in “Die Zauberflöte”, Aloès in “L’étoile”, the Page in “Salome”, Flora in “La Traviata”, Aunt Cecelia in “Little Women”, Juno in “Orpheus in the Underworld”, and Mother Goose in “The Rake’s Progress”.
Heater was fortunate to collaborate with Ricky Ian Gordon in workshops and world premieres of his operas “27” and “Morning Star”, and with Jake Heggie in his workshop of “Great Scott.” In concert, she has sung as mezzo soloist in Verdi’s Requiem, Dvorak’s Requiem, Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 and Das Lied von der Erde, John Adam’s El Niño, Händel’s Messiah, Duruflé’s Requiem, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, and most recently, Verdi’s Requiem with Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra.
She has received prizes from the Gerda Lissner International Voice Competition, Opera Ithaca International Voice Competition, Mildred Miller International Voice Competition, and the Annapolis Opera Vocal Competition. Heater is a graduate of the Master of Music and Artist Diploma programs at University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music.
Leah was to have made her role debut as Amneris in Aida with Virginia Opera, where she was a Herndon Foundation Emerging Artist in 2015-2016. She is thrilled to be returning for Rigoletto.