Biography

  

Heather Petrie is “a true contralto, with a big, deep, resonant projection that can fill a hall.” (New London Day)  The 2022-2023 season includes a concert tour of South Korea;  Carnegie Hall performances of Handel’s Messiah with Musica Sacra, and with the Oratorio Society of New York;  Mozart’s Requiem with the American Classical Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall; Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius in Salt Lake City; two productions with the Metropolitan Opera, and several concerts throughout the New York area.  In 2019 Heather was the second prize winner in the Lyndon Woodside Oratorio Competition, and made her Carnegie Hall solo debut that winter with OSNY.  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. 

Heather was thrilled to have had the opportunity to record concerts with the Oratorio Society, Danbury Symphony Orchestra, Musica Viva NYC, the Cathedral Choir of Saint John the Divine, and St. George’s Choral Society during seasons when in-person singing was not possible.  Under normal circumstances, she performs frequently with the NY Philharmonic, Musica Sacra, the Choir of St. Ignatius Loyola, and the Choir of Temple Emanu-El.  In addition to numerous operatic roles, she has been a member of the opera chorus at both Bard Summerscape and the Princeton Festival, 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.  She holds degrees from Bard College and SUNY Purchase Conservatory.  More information can be found at www.heatherpetriecontralto.com