Thursday, October 02, 2014
Heather Hill's career encompasses appearances in opera, oratorio, musical theater, television and film. She is currently performing as the InnKeeper’s Wife and Carlotta understudy in the Broadway company of The Phantom of the opera. She joined Phantom after completing a historical run in the Tony award winning Broadway revival of The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess. This followed a sold out pre-Broadway production at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA. Ms. Hill maintains a concert schedule amidst her work on Broadway. Recent performances have included Carmina Burana with the Las Cruzas Symphony, NM, Handel's Messiah at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, NY, as well as solo concerts in several US cities.
In 2011, Ms. Hill was featured in Knickerbocker Holiday at Lincoln Center with the Collegiate Chorale. The live recording of this performance is available on Sh-K-Boom Records. In May she debuted with Little Opera Theater of New York as Ismene in Mitridate by Mozart. In the Spring she toured with New York City Opera as Max in Where the Wild Things Are as a part of their outreach. Additionally Ms. Hill performed with The American Spirituals Ensemble throughout the spring and was presented in concert The Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield Story sponsored by Opera Exposures. 2010 engagements included covering the trouser role of Pip in the world premiere of Jake Heggie’s opera Moby-Dick with The Dallas Opera conducted by Patrick Summers. She also made her Carnegie Hall debut in Carmina Burana and the Lord Nelson Mass with Distinguished Concerts International in May of 2010. Additional role include Azema in Semiramide and Adina in L’Elisir D’Amore (cover) with Caramoor Summer Festival, Die Königin der Nacht in Die Zauberflöte with Bronx Opera, Dessie in Strange Fruit with New York City Opera Vox Series, Clara in Porgy and Bess on a European tour with Harlem Productions, Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Dionisia in the world premiere of La Curandera by Robert Xavier Rodríguez both with Opera Colorado. Ms. Hill has performed the roles Achsah in Handel’s Joshua, the title role in Semele, Galatea in Acis and Galatea, Bastienne in Bastien und Bastienne and La Princesse in L’Enfant et les Sortileges among others. As a frequent concert soloist, Ms. Hill has sung with The Great Neck Choral Society, the VA-National Medical Musical Group in Washington, D.C. and the Collegiate Chorale of New York, with whom she sang the role of Model and Poet in Kurt Weill’s Firebrand of Florence at Lincoln Center. She again performed with the Collegiate Chorale singing the role of Waitress in the world premiere two-act concert version of The Grapes of Wrath by composer Ricky Ian Gordon in March of 2010 at Carnegie Hall.
She has worked under the baton of Patrick Summers, Constantine Kitsopoulos, Sheilah Walker, George Manahan, Will Crutchfield, James Bagwell, Steven Gross,Ted Sperling, Willie Waters, Dan Saunders and Kelly Kuo.
She has worked under the direction of Diane Paulus, Leonard Foglia, James Robinson, Roger Rees, David Grabarkewitz, Larry Marshall and Ted Sperling.
Honors and Awards
Heather is a 2010 recipient of the Allied Arts Award . As a 2009 winner of the Liederkranz Foundation, Ms. Hill was awarded the Hans Hachmann Memorial Award. She was also a 2009 Gerda Lissner Encouragement Award winner, a 2009 Finalist in the Acadia Opera Competition, a 2006 Karl Schmid Memorial Award winner under the auspices of the Denver Lyric Opera Guild, a 2004 Micki Savin Award given by the Connecticut Opera Guild and was an Astral Career Grant recipient.
Ms. Hill holds a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance from The Manhattan School of Music as well as a B.S. Degree in Biology from Clark Atlanta University. She studied acting and character/scene study at the T. Schreiber Studio in New York and the National Theater Conservatory of Denver. Ms. Hill was awarded resident artist contracts with Opera Colorado, New Jersey Opera and Dayton Opera.