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Heather Engebretson



Heather Engebretson in action.
Heather Engebretson as Sophie in Werther, Royal Opera House © 2016 ROH. Photograph by Bill Cooper

American soprano Heather Engebretson made her Royal Opera debut in 2015 as Barbarina (Le nozze di Figaro) and has since returned to sing Sophie (Werther). In the 2018/19 Season she sings Woodbird (Siegfried).

Engebretson studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Juilliard School with Edith Wiens. She was a principal with Hanover State Opera (2013–14), a member of Wiesbaden State Opera (2014–15) and a member of Hamburg State Opera (2015–17). Her repertory for these companies has included Alcina, Euridice (Orfeo et Euridice), Konstanze (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Violetta Valéry (La traviata), Oscar (Un ballo in maschera), Musetta (La bohème) and Tytania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream). Other appearances include Liù (Turandot) for Opéra Royal de Wallonie and Alcina for Stuttgart Opera and the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow.

Engebretson’s concert appearances include Mahler’s Symphony no.8 at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg and at the Dresden Philharmonie, Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte) with the St Louis Symphony Orchestra, Bach’s Magnificat at Alice Tully Hall, Schubert’s G minor Mass at Carnegie Hall, Verdi’s Requiem in Nuremberg, Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem with the Virginia Consort, Carmina Burana with the Dortmund Philharmonic and the Munich Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven’s Symphony no.9 with the Xi’an Symphony Orchestra, and Britten’s War Requiem with Alexander Soddy in Mannheim. Her awards include first prize in the Savonlinna Opera Festival International Singing Competition and the Sonderpreis der Oper Graz at the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition.