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’s highlights include Bach’s Bminor Mass with Sacred Music in a Sacred Space, Elijah with the Huntington Choral Society, Vivaldi Gloria and Bach Magnificat with Cappella Cantorum, and debuting the role of Annina in Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier with the Connecticut Lyric Opera, with whom she performs regularly.
As the Alto soloist in Verdi’s Requiem with CT Virtuosi Orchestra, Heather was hailed as “the vocal star of the performance.” She returned last season to debut the role of Mary in Wagner’s der Fliegende Holländer, and was Alto soloist in Szymanowski’s Stabat Mater. In Manhattan, she performs frequently with Musica Sacra, the choir of St Ignatius Loyola, and Voices of Ascension, and has also sung with the Holy Trinity Bach Vespers series, and at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. This past Spring Heather made her Carnegie Hall debut with the American Symphony Orchestra, as Alto soloist in Ernst Bloch’s Israel Symphony. At Symphony Space, she has given concert performances of Suor Angelica (La Zia Principessa) and Hänsel and Gretel (The Witch). Other opera roles include Larina in Eugene Onegin, Baba in The Medium, Miss Todd in the Old Maid and the Thief, Arnalta in L’incoronazione di Poppea, and Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro. She has also been a member of the 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. Etherea made their Carnegie Hall debut on June 22 with harpist Grace Cloutier.