Heath Huberg, tenor
American tenor Heath Huberg, praised for his “sweet-toned lyricism” (San Francisco Chronicle), is gaining ground with both concert and opera stages, and has enjoyed engagements with some of the finest young artist training programs in the world. These prestigious institutions include the Merola Opera Program in San Francisco, where he sang Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia; Des Moines Metro Opera, Sarasota Opera,Utah Symphony and Opera, and Santa Fe Opera, where Huberg sang world premiere performances of Life is a Dream.
Huberg embarked upon 2016 with Ferrando in Sarasota Opera's delightful production of Così fan tutte. The upcoming 2016-17 season will include his premiere as Argirio in productions of Rossini’s Tancredi with Opera Southwest and Baltimore Concert Opera.
The tenor began his relationship with Sarasota Opera as a studio artist, offering “a vibrant account of Arlecchino’s O Columbina” as Beppe in Pagliacci (South Florida Classical Review). He additionally performed Delil and the Prior of Milan in Verdi’s rarely-seen gems Giovanna d’Arco and I Lombardi. In 2011, his “nicely drawn characterization” of Giles Corey in The Crucible helped launch Sarasota’s American Opera Series (Palm Beach Arts Paper). As a last-minute replacement, he sang acclaimed performances of Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, winning rave reviews and “long and rapturous applause” (Palm Beach Arts Paper).
Following this success, Huberg returned to Sarasota Opera’s stage in 2012 as a principal artist, performing both Cassio in Otello and Remendado in Carmen. He was also invited to perform Nadir in Sarasota Opera’s 2013 production of Les pêcheurs de perles, and “the liquid-voiced tenor excell[ed] as Gaston” in Verdi’s Jèrusalem the following season (The Financial Times).
Additional artistic endeavors include his 2012 debut with Opera Southwest as the diabolical Iago in Rossini’s Otello, and subsequent return to Albuquerque in 2013 to reprise Don Ottavio in a Roaring Twenties version of Don Giovanni. In demand throughout the Midwest, Heath has enjoyed repeat performances as a guest recitalist with Opera Omaha and the Omaha Symphony, the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra and the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra.
2013 found Mr. Huberg’s appointment with Opera Omaha in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s literary classic, The Great Gatsby. There, the tenor performed the role of Jay Gatsby in a fully-staged, highlighted version of Harbison’s opera. Huberg also returned to Des Moines Metro Opera in the summer of 2013, making his principal artist debut with the company. While there, he played the role of volatile Tybalt in Roméo et Juliette “with convincing menace” (Des Moines Register).
Heath’s versatility was displayed in 2014, when engagements included another return to Opera Omaha to sing Borsa in their production of Rigoletto; tenor soloist for South Dakota Symphony Orchestra’s presentations of Bach’s St. John Passion and Handel's Messiah, and a repeat visit to Sioux City Symphony as their featured Christmas Spectacular soloist to showcase fresh arrangements of jazz standards.
Highlights of 2015 included several more debut roles, such as Steuermann in Der fliegende Holländer with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra; tenor soloist for Carmina Burana (Mount Marty College Concert Series), and Vaughn William's Serenade to Music (Southwest Minnesota Orchestra).
Some of Heath’s other professional engagements have included Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly (Dubuque Symphony Orchestra), tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah (Utah Symphony & Simpson College Concert Series), and soloist in Leonard Bernstein’s Mass (Utah Symphony).
Huberg holds a Bachelor of Music from Simpson College, Iowa, and a Master of Music from New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he graduated with honors. He was a 2008 Metropolitan Opera National Council Rocky Mountain Regional Finalist and 2010 recipient of the Gunther & Ilsa Kern Artist Grant at Sarasota Opera.