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critical acclaim as Sophie in Werther, which was followed by performances of Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro and a highly acclaimed Pamina in a new production of Die Zauberflöte. Solidly established as a house favorite at Houston Grand Opera, in addition to Xerxes, Stober has appeared as Susanna, Blondchen in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Drusilla in L’incoronazione di Poppea, Norina in Don Pasquale, and Musetta in a new production of La bohème. Her 2007 debut as La Folie in Platée with the Santa Fe Opera was a particular success, leading to a continuing relationship with that company in such roles as Tigrane in Handel’s Radamisto and Musetta in La bohème, and Ada in the world premiere of Oscar. She made her role debut as Leïla in Les pêcheurs de perles with Opera Colorado, her South American debut with Teatro Municipal in Santiago as Morgana in Alcina, and role and house debuts with Opera Theatre of St. Louis as Aminta in Mozart’s Il re pastore. The New York Times wrote of her New York City Opera debut that she “contributed some remarkable singing” as Poppea in Handel’s Agrippina. Stober made early appearances with Boston Lyric Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Central City Opera, and Utah Opera. Highlights of concert engagements include Mozart’s Requiem with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 (Edo de Waart, conductor) with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and the role of Anne Trulove in The Rake’s Progress with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Additional concert work includes Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the Oslo Philharmonic, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Baltimore Symphony, Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem with the Houston Symphony, Handel’s Messiah with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, and Carmina Burana with Houston Ballet.
Heidi Stober’s professional training took place at the Houston Grand Opera Studio, and she holds degrees from Lawrence University and the New England Conservatory. She and her husband, baritone Simon Pauly, currently make their home in Berlin with their son. For more information about Heidi Stober, please visit heidistober.com.