Hailed as “a true contralto, with a big, deep, resonant projection that can fill a hall,” (New London Day) Heather Petrie is a familiar voice throughout the Northeast. In 2019 she was the second prize winner in the Lyndon Woodside Oratorio Competition, and made her Carnegie Hall solo debut in Handel’s Messiah with the New York Oratorio Society. As a soloist she has appeared with the American Symphony Orchestra, Voices of Ascension, Sacred Music in a Sacred Space, and the New Orchestra of Washington. She performs frequently with the NY Philharmonic, Musica Sacra, the Choir of St Ignatius Loyola, the Cathedral Choir of Saint John the Divine, Musica Viva, and Essential Voices USA.
Operatic roles include Mary (die Fliegende Holländer), Baba (The Medium), Arnalta (L’incoronazione di Poppea), Marcellina (Le Nozze di Figaro), Larina (Eugene Onegin), and Annina (die Rosenkavalier). Additionally, she has been a member of the opera chorus at both Bard Summerscape and the Princeton Festival, as well as New York City Opera, and is currently a member of the Metropolitan Opera Extra Chorus.
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. Heather recently toured Russia and England with the Clarion Music Society, debuting Maximilan Steinberg’s lost masterpiece Passion Week, which the choir recorded and received a Grammy nomination for. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Voice from Bard College, and a Master of Music in Opera Performance from SUNY Purchase Conservatory.