About the artist:
HGO Studio alumna and celebrated soprano Nicole Heaston has performed with HGO many times, as Liù in Turandot (2022), Mimì in La bohème (2018), Adina in The Elixir of Love (2016), 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, she performed in four HGO Digital productions. In March 2022 she returned to HGO as host and vocal soloist for Giving Voice. 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 included returns to San Francisco Opera, making a role debut as Despina in a new production of Così fan tutte, and a debut with Maryland Lyric Opera, singing the role of Liù in Turandot. She also joined the Houston Ballet, singing songs by Joseph Canteloube on their Jubilee of Dance program. During the 2022-23 season, she creates the role of Claire Devon in the world premiere of Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek’s The Listeners at Den Norske Opera (Oslo), returns to San Francisco Opera as Amor in a new production of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, and debuts with Philharmonia Baroque, appearing as Melissa in Handel’s Amadigi di Gaula. Future seasons include her debuts with Lyric Opera of Chicago and Opera Philadelphia in leading roles.