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HGO Studio alumna and celebrated soprano Nicole Heaston has performed with HGO many times, as Pamina in The Magic Flute (2015, 1997); Gilda in performances of Rigoletto (2001); Zerlina in Don Giovanni (1999); Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro (1998); the title role in the world premiere of Jackie O (1997); Mrs. Hayes in Susannah and St. Settlement in Four Saints in Three Acts (1996); and performances of Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (1995). During the 2020-21 season, her close collaboration with HGO continued, as she performed Yolanda Cantrell in Jim Luigs’s reimagined The Impresario and Sir Elton John’s Trainer in David T. Little and Royce Vavrek’s chamber opera Vinkensport, co-hosted Giving Voice with Lawrence Brownlee, and presented a recital with Richard Bado as part of the Live from the Cullen recital series. Heaston has appeared with opera companies throughout the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Dallas Opera, Washington National Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Semperoper Dresden, Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf, and the Glyndebourne Festival in England. The soprano’s 2021-22 season has included a return to San Francisco Opera to make a role debut as Despina in Così fan tutte, and to Houston Ballet as the featured soloist for Of Blessed Memory. She sings further performances of Liù with Maryland Lyric Opera, and performed in The Majesty of the Spiritual at Aurora College in January 2022. Future engagements include leading roles at Den Norske Opera (Oslo), Opera Philadelphia, and The Glimmerglass Festival.

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