Heather Buck has performed opera and oratorio in countries ranging from the United States to Russia and in styles ranging from early music to world premiers of contemporary works. Her operatic credits include the Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute with English National Opera and Santa Fe Opera, Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Opera Birmingham, Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with Connecticut Opera, Stella in Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire with Washington National Opera, The Maid in Adès’ Powder Her Face with Almeida Opera and l’Opéra-Théâtre de Metz, Olympia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann with Vlaamse Opera, La Fée in Cendrillon with Central City Opera, and both Belinda in Dido and Aeneas and The Angel in the U.S. premier of Pasqual Dusapin’s Faustus, the Last Night with Spoleto Festival USA.
She created the title role in Charles Wuorinen’s Haroun and the Sea of Stories with New York City Opera, for which she was awarded the 2005 Kolosvar Award, which recognizes artists who perform new and unusual repertory.
In concert, Heather has sung Essa-Pekka Salonen’s Five Images after Sappho with the Utah Symphony, Jacob Druckman’s Counterpoise with the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group, Carmina Burana with the San Antonio Symphony, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Tan Dun’s Water Passion after St. Matthew at the White Nights Festival in Russia, Handel’s Messiah with the Händel and Haydn Society and the Pacific Symphony, and Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the Westchester Philharmonic. Ms. Buck holds a Master of Music degree from Yale University, where she studied with Doris Yarick-Cross.