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‚ 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); 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.
Earlier appearances include Gymnasiast Lulu (ROH and Teatro Real‚ Madrid); Magdalene Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg ‚ Zaida Il Turco in Italia and Wellgunde in Der Ring (ROH), Girl 3 in Sawer’s From Morning to Midnight and Ofred’s Double The Handmaid’s Tale (ENO),Carmen (Opera North), Donna in the world premiere of David Sawer’s Skin Deep (Opera North and for the Royal Danish Opera‚ Copenhagen); and Bersi Andrea Chenier and Maddalena Rigoletto(OHP). Engagements abroad include Carmen (Bermuda)‚ Eleanor The Music Programme (Polish National Opera)‚ April Showers Playing Away, Moppet Paul Bunyan‚ Donna Skin Deep and Diana Devereux Of thee I sing (Bregenz Festival)‚ Lola Cavalleria Rusticana (Vietnam)‚ Tisbe La Cenerentola Frankfurt and Opera Zuid) and Minskwoman Flight (Adelaide Festival).
Alongside her strong interest in contemporary work, 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, and most of the standard concert and oratorio repertoire.
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).