Described by Opera News as “radiating glamour, both vocally and physically…” American soprano Heather Parker captivates audiences of opera and concert alike, with her warm and colorful voice, alluring spirit, and dynamic stage presence. A versatile singing actress, Parker possesses an uncommon gift of expressing the full range of human emotions, while bringing every word to life.
Transitioning into fuller lyric repertoire, Ms. Parker most recently performed the soprano soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Spokane Symphony and Nedda in I Pagliacci with Spokane Opera in 2010 to great acclaim. She was described as having “the seductive looks and sensuous voice just right for Nedda.” In 2009 Ms. Parker appeared as a featured artist in an all Mozart concert with Opera Ft. Collins, as well as various other concerts and recitals. She sang the role of Pamina in Mozart’s Magic Flute for Spokane Opera and was a featured artist in the company’s 25th Anniversary Gala. During a very successful stint with the Seattle Opera Young Artist Program performing Musetta in La bohème and Pamina in an adaptation of The Magic Flute, Ms. Parker was immediately engaged to return to the main stage as Frasquita in Carmen, starring Stephanie Blythe. Subsequent Seattle Opera mainstage roles include Antonia in Les Contes D’Hoffmann, and Zerlina in Don Giovanni. Other recent performances included Micaela in Carmen with Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Granite State Opera, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro with Pensacola Opera, Opera North, Spokane and Granite State Opera, and Casilda in The Gondoliers with the Deer Valley Music Festival. In the same festival, Parker also thrilled audiences singing Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate and Vesperae Solennes De Confessore with the Utah Symphony. Other career highlights include Musetta in La bohème with the Jacksonville Symphony, and Spokane Symphony, Adina in L’elisir d’amore with Granite State Opera, Tytania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Opera North, Norina in Don Pasquale with Spokane Opera, and Zerlina in Don Giovanni with the Jacksonville Symphony, Spokane Opera, and Annapolis Opera. Concert works include the soprano solos in Hadyn’s The Seasons, Handel’s Messiah, and Mozart’s C Minor Mass.
Ms. Parker is a 2nd Place Winner of the Licia Albanese-Puccini International Foundation competition (which resulted in her concert debut at Alice Tully Hall), three-time recipient of the Sergio Franchi Foundation award, and finalist of the Houston Grand Opera Ellenor McCollum Competition. She holds a Master of Music Degree and Performance Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, where she performed the roles of Cunegonde in Candide and Nannetta in Falstaff. Additionally, she was an apprentice artist with both the acclaimed Tanglewood Music Center and the Aspen Music Festival.
Heather currently resides in Washington state with her husband, bass-baritone Derrick Parker, daughter Grace, and Tibetan Spaniel Sophie.