We’re very pleased to introduce our new host for The Talent, mezzo-soprano Heather Fletcher!
Heather is a mezzo-soprano who has performed with Australia’s leading opera companies including Opera Australia, Victorian Opera, State Opera of South Australia, Pinchgut Opera, and the Australian Contemporary Opera Company. Her operatic credits include Love Fail, Dead Man Walking, The Three Hermits, Dialogues des Carmélites, Turandot, Les Noces, The Gypsy Princess, The Merry Widow, Madama Butterfly, The Gondoliers, The Mikado, Carmen, Die Fledermaus, Aida, Parsifal, Götterdämmerung, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Les pêcheurs de perles, La Traviata, The Magic Flute, Don Giovanni, Anacréon, Pigmalion, Semele, Ariodante, Acis and Galatea, L’incoronazione di Poppea,and L’Orfeo. Heather has toured commercially with Opera Australia, nationally in The Pirates of Penzance, and internationally in My Fair Lady and Don Pasquale. Television credits include The Mikado and Turandot with Opera Australia and the Witches’ Chorus from Macbeth which aired on the Lesley Garrett Show on BBC television.
Heather’s concert experience comprises extensive solo and choral singing in venues such as Carnegie Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay (Singapore), the Sydney Opera House, the Shanghai Concert Hall, Hamer Hall, the Melbourne Recital Centre, the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Federation Square, and the National Gallery of Victoria. She has performed as a soloist in Vivaldi’s Gloria, Handel’s Messiah and Dixit Dominus, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, and Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle.
Heather trained at The Hartt School, USA (BMus), the Royal Academy of Music, London (PGDip), and the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (PhD – Music Psychology). She works at Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, lecturing into the Master of Music (Opera Performance) course and teaching singing for the Bachelor of Music (Performance) course. She also teaches singing for the Bachelor of Arts (Music Theatre) course at the Victorian College of the Arts. Her research interests focus on social and music psychology, both in the field of vocal pedagogy and the practices of voice teachers as well as examining how music making/listening impacts well-being in everyday life.
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