Heather Johnson, mezzo-soprano
Heather Johnson, hailed by Opera News as "a dramatic singer in the truest sense" made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 2013 as a Flower Maiden in the new production of Parsifal. This season she returned to The Dallas Opera for the world premiere of Mark Adamo’s Becoming Santa Claus and sang the role of Jo in Madison Opera’s production of Adamo’s Little Women as well as performed Mahler’s Das lied von der erde with Music St. Croix. In the 2014-15 season Ms. Johnson made her Dallas Opera debut in Salome, returned to the Metropolitan for their production of Hansel and Gretel, performed Berlioz’s Les nuits d’été and Sibelius’ The Tempest with Minnesota Orchestra and created the role of Jessie in the world premiere of The Long Walk with Saratoga Opera. In the 2013-14 season she received critical acclaim for her portrayal of the title character in Boston Lyric Opera's new production of Lizzie Borden which she reprised in July at the Tanglewood Festival, was a soloist with New York Choral Society at Carnegie Hall, performed Sebelius' The Tempest with the American Ballet Theater and sang Dinah in Trouble in Tahiti with the Napa Festival del Sole. She has enjoyed triumphs with Sarasota Opera as the title character in La Cenerentola, Elizabeth Practor in The Crucible, Beppe in L’Amico Fritz, Maddalena in Rigoletto and Hansel in Hansel and Gretel. Additional engagements have included Mozart's Requiem and Beethoven'sNinth Symphony with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Mozart’s Requiem with the Washington Chorus, Carmen with the Volkstheater Rostock, Hermia in Midsummer Night's Dream and Zerlina in Don Giovanni with Boston Lyric Opera, Madama Butterfly and Hansel with PORT Opera, and Il barbiere di Siviglia with Opera New Jersey, Opera Southwest and Mill City Opera. She has also been heard in numerous productions with Opera Orchestra of New York in Carnegie Hall and with New York City Opera. Upcoming performances include the title character in Rossini’s Tancredi with both Baltimore Concert Opera and Opera Southwest and Baba the Turk in The Rake’s Progress with Boston Lyric Opera.