Biography

    Hailed as “a true contralto, with a big, deep, resonant projection that can fill a hall,” (Milton Moore, New London Day) Heather Petrie is becoming a familiar voice throughout the Northeast.  As a soloist she has appeared with the American Symphony Orchestra, CT Lyric Opera, Voices of Ascension, and Sacred Music in a Sacred Space.  She performs frequently with the NY Philharmonic, the choir of St Ignatius Loyola, and Musica Sacra.  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 has been a member of the opera chorus at both Bard Summerscape and the Princeton Festival, as well as New York City Opera, and made her Metropolitan Opera debut this spring in their production of Fidelio.  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 in L’incoronazione di Poppea, and Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro.

    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. On Hymn to the Dawn, their sophomore album, Heather makes a “memorable solo contribution with her creamy contralto” (Opera News).  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.