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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).

Engebretson studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Juilliard School with Edith Wiens, and is currently a member of the Wiesbaden State Opera. She was a principal with Hanover State Opera 2013–14, where her roles included Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Frasquita (Carmen), Oscar (Un ballo in maschera), Musetta and Tytania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream). She was a member of Wiesbaden State Opera 2014–15, singing roles including Euridice (Orfeo et Euridice), Konstanze (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Violetta (La traviata) and Musetta. She is currently a member of Hamburg State Opera, where her roles have included Frasquita (Carmen). Engagements elsewhere include Li (Maxwell Davies’s Kommilitonen!, US premiere) at the Juilliard School and Barbarina, Dew Fairy (Hänsel und Gretel) and Musetta (La bohème) for Crested Butte Music Festival.

Engebretson’s concert appearances include 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 and Carmina Burana with the Dortmund Philharmonic and the Munich Symphony Orchestra. 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.