Heather Jones is an American mezzo and actress who blends seamless technique with “mischievous freshness and enthusiasm” (Allegri con fuoco) to deliver compelling performances of both classical and contemporary lyric mezzo repertoire. This year, Heather will perform with Opera Company of Middlebury in Massenet’s Cendrillon (Dorothée), with dell’Arte Opera Ensemble in Francesca Caccini’s La liberazione di Ruggiero, and with Ars Musica Chorale as an Emerging Artist soloist for the 2019-2020 season.
Heather's penchant for American music has been seen in contemporary opera, song cycle, and experimental performance art. She recently joined Opera Fayetteville for their "Opera in Bloom" festival featuring one-act operas written by living composers; she appeared with the Albany Symphony in their American Music Festival singing Evan Mack's feminist song cycle "Preach Sister, Preach;" and she collaborated with Sign & Sing ASL in New York City to debut Brad Balliet's "The Universal Drum," written for two singers, two Deaf actors, and 27-piece percussion. Heather also sang the role of Sister Dorothy Stang in Evan Mack's Angel of the Amazon, which made its west coast debut on a regional tour of Oregon; and at home in NYC, she collaborates with American Lyric Theatre in concerts and workshops showcasing their Composer & Librettist Development program.
Heather has made regional debuts singing some of the most beloved standard repertoire as well, including The Magic Flute with Opera Louisiane (Second Lady), Le nozze di Figaro with dell'Arte Opera Ensemble in NYC (Cherubino), Die Fledermaus (Orlofsky) and Hänsel und Gretel (Hänsel) with Sinfonietta Nova in Princeton, NJ; and internationally in Lebanon singing Dvorak's Mass in D at the American University of Beirut. Other favorite productions include: Idomeneo (Idamante), Cosi fan tutte (Dorabella), Faust (Siebel), Madama Butterfly (Suzuki), and Dido and Aeneas (Dido). Heather is featured on the singular fully orchestrated recording of Blitzstein’s The Cradle Will Rock (Sister Mister) courtesy of Bridge Records, and on the English translation recording of Offenbach's The Island of Tulipatan (Theodorine), courtesy of Albany Records. Both albums are available on Spotify.
Heather has worked as a Young Artist with Opera Saratoga, Seagle Music Colony, Opera Company of Middlebury, The CoOPERAtive Program, dell'Arte Opera Ensemble, and Bel Canto at Caramoor, and has completed educational outreach tours with Seagle Music Colony throughout the Adirondacks and with FBN Productions throughout North and South Carolina. She holds degrees from Westminster Choir College and Mannes School of Music, where she studied with Joseph Colaneri, Bill Burden, Lindsey Christiansen, and Thomas Bagwell.
Originally from Charleston, South Carolina, Heather is currently based in Brooklyn, NY. When she's not onstage, she’s often riding her bike, reading non-fiction, tending to her houseplants, or scouring thrift stores for vintage furniture.
updated June, 2019