Stunning audiences with her sterling lyric soprano voice and incisive stage personality, American soprano Heidi Stober has established herself as a house favourite at leading companies on both sides of the Atlantic. Since her critically acclaimed debut at Deutsche Oper Berlin in the autumn of 2008 Heidi has cultivated a long-standing relationship with the company, appearing in a variety of leading roles including Pamina Die Zauberflöte, Micaëla Carmen, Susanna Le nozze di Figaro, Adina in a new production of L’elisir d’amore, Gretel Hänsel und Gretel, Oscar Un ballo in maschera, Nannetta Falstaff, Zerlina Don Giovanni and Princess Ninette in Robert Carsen’s new production of L’Amour des Trois Oranges.
Highlights of the 2017-18 season include her role debut as Cleopatra Giulio Cesare for Houston Grand Opera, as well as the roles of Miss Thompson/Helen Milla/Adelaide Mills in the world premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon’s The House without a Christmas Tree at Houston Grand Opera; Micaëla Carmen, Donna Elvira Don Giovanni and Oscar Un ballo in maschera for Deutsche Oper Berlin; Esther in Chicago with Music of the Baroque; and Adina L’elisir d’amore for Semperoper Dresden.
Last season Heidi sung Norina in Laurent Pelly’s production of Don Pasquale at San Francisco opera conducted by Giuseppi Finzi; Ricky Ian Gordon’s 27 with the Collegiate Chorale at New York City Center; Adina L’Elisir at the Wiener Staatsoper; Pamina, Oscar, Gretel and her role debut as Marguerite Faust for Deutsche Oper Berlin; Brahms’ Requiem with the Tucson Symphony and her role debut as title role Semele for Garsington Opera. Recent engagements also include Valencienne The Merry Widow at the Lyric Opera of Chicago conducted by Sir Andrew Davies; her house and role debut as title role Alcina and Micaëla Carmen for Semperoper Dresden; Johanna in Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd for San Francisco Opera; Susanna Le Nozze di Figaro for Houston Grand Opera conducted by Harry Bicket; Ada in Theodore Morrison’s Oscar for Opera Philadelphia; a solo recital at Carnegie Hall; the world premiere of Stephen Hartke’s Symphony No. 4 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by Gustavo Dudamel; Leïla Les pêcheurs de perles with Opera Colorado; Morgana Alcina for Teatro Municipal in Santiago; Aminta Il re pastore as with the Opera Theatre of St. Louis and Poppea Agrippina for New York City Opera.
Heidi made her Metropolitan Opera debut in the 2011-2012 season as Gretel Hansel and Gretel conducted by Robin Ticciati, returning to the company in recent years in this role and as Pamina Die Zauberflöte, Una voca dal cielo Don Carlos and Oscar Un ballo in maschera. Heidi also holds strong relationships with Houston Grand Opera, where she has performed Susanna Le nozze di Figaro, Musetta La bohème, Atalanta Xerxes, Blondchen Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Drusilla L’incoronazione di Poppea and Norina Don Pasquale, with Santa Fe Opera where her roles have included Sandrina La finta giardiniera, La Folie Plateé, Tigrane Radamisto, Musetta La bohème, Zdenka Arabella and Ada in the world premiere of Theodore Morrison’s Oscar.
Highlights on the concert platform include Messiah with the New York Philharmonic; Mozart’s Requiem with the Los Angeles Philharmonic; Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra conducted by Edo de Waart; Anne Trulove The Rake’s Progress with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the Oslo Philharmonic and with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Baltimore Symphony; Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem with the Houston Symphony; Handel’s Messiah with the Hong Kong Philharmonic; Carmina Burana ￼with Houston Ballet and Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin conducted by Mark Wigglesworth.
Heidi Stober’s professional training took place at the Houston Grand Opera Studio, and she holds degrees from Lawrence University and the New England Conservatory.