Heather studied at Trinity College of Music‚ London and the National Opera Studio. Known for her versatility and engaging stage-persona‚ she regularly appears with the UK’s major opera companies. Recent and future engagements include Kabanicha Katya Kabanova‚ Mrs Grose The Turn of the Screw‚ Carmen (title role)‚ 2nd Norn/Waltraute Der Ring‚ Sorceress Dido and Aeneas and Mad Margaret Ruddigore (Opera North)‚ Adalgisa Norma and Amneris Aida (Opera Holland Park)‚ Herodias Salome (Northern Ireland Opera)‚ Ludmilla The Bartered Bride (Garsington Opera)‚ the world premiere of Julian Grant’s Hot House (ROH‚ part of London 2012 Cultural Olympiad); Donna in the world premiere of David Sawer’s Skin Deep (Opera North and for the Royal Danish Opera‚ Copenhagen); Fiona in the world premiere of Two Boys and Flora La Traviata (English National Opera)‚ Mrs Herring Albert Herring (Buxton Festival Opera)‚ Phoebe The Yeomen of the Guard (BBC Proms‚ and with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic‚ City of Birmingham‚ Philharmonia and RTÉ Concert Orchestras)‚ and Oscars Night with Carl Davis and the CBSO‚ Philharmonia‚ Royal Northern Sinfonia‚ RLPO and the Malaysian Symphony Orchestra in Kuala Lumpur.
Further appearances include Gymnasiast Lulu (ROH and Teatro Real‚ Madrid); Magdalene Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (ROH and at Symphony Hall‚ Birmingham)‚ Zaida Il Turco in Italia and Wellgunde in the Ring Cycle at The Royal Opera‚ Covent Garden; Carmen (ETO Diva Opera)‚ Eleanor The Music Programme (Linbury Theatre‚ Covent Garden)‚ Girl 3 in Sawer’s From Morning to Midnight and Ofred’s Double The Handmaid’s Tale (ENO)‚ Nancy Albert Herring and Diana Devereux Of Thee I Sing (Opera North)‚ Hilary Major Sirius on Earth for Almeida Opera‚ Bersi Andrea Chenier and Maddalena Rigoletto at Opera Holland Park‚ Berthe Blond Eckbert for The Opera Group. Engagements abroad include Carmen (Bermuda)‚ Eleanor in the premiere of Roxanna Panufnik’s chamber opera The Music Programme (Polish National Opera)‚ April Showers Playing Away at the Bregenz Festival and in St Pölten‚ Moppet Paul Bunyan‚ Donna Skin Deep and Diana Devereux (Bregenz Festival)‚ Lola Cavalleria Rusticana (Vietnam)‚ Tisbe La Cenerentola Frankfurt and Opera Zuid) and Minskwoman Flight at the Adelaide Festival.
Her interest in contemporary music was initiated by a recital for the Park Lane Group at the Purcell Room where she performed Nicholas Maw’s The Voice of Love and premiered David Matthews’ From Coastal Stations. She has since performed Miss Donnithorne’s Maggot by Maxwell Davies‚ Pierrot Lunaire by Schoenberg and Nouvelles Aventures by Ligeti.
Heather’s oratorio and recital repertoire includes Elgar’s The Kingdom‚ The Dream of Gerontius and Sea Pictures‚ Chausson’s Poème de l’amour et de la mer‚ Mahler’s Lieder eines Fahrenden Gesellen and de Falla’s El amor brujo. Concerts include Opera North’s Opera Prom in the Park‚ the biggest free classical music concert in the UK‚ Verdi’s Requiem (Winchester Cathedral)‚ The Kingdom (Kings College‚ Cambridge) and Mozart Mass in C minor with the London Mozart Players and Basingstoke Choral Society.
Recordings include the title role in Rutland Boughton’s Queen of Cornwall (Dutton)‚ Honour Tom Jones (Naxos) and chamber versions of both Mahler’s Fourth Symphony and Les nuits d’été (Somm).