Heather Connolly, Soprano

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Heather Connolly as the Queen of the Night in Delaware Valley Opera's production of Mozart's "The Magic Flute", 2006


"Il Fantasma!" from Lucia's Mad Scene, in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor
Photo © John Rocklin



Heather Connolly as Olympia in Offenbach's "Les contes d'Hoffmann," 2002



Lucia

Lucia

Heather Connolly singing the title role in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor,
Act III, Mad Scene
Photos © John Rocklin

Lucia

Heather Connolly as Lucia with Brian Cheney as Edgardo, Lucia di Lammermoor
Photos © John Rocklin

Merry Widow

Heather Connolly as Valencienne in Franz Lehar's The Merry Widow, 2003

Queen of the Night

Queen of the Night

As Queen of the Night in Mozart's "The Magic Flute" with Hudson Opera Theatre, 1999, New York. Photos by Duke DeFesi


As the Queen of the Night in Mozart's "The Magic Flute":

"... Heather Connolly aces all the high notes in her famous aria that has been the undoing of more than one soprano ..."
    The River Reporter, 2006

"... Queen of the night receives an ominous portrayal by Heather Connolly who delivers splendid coloratura fireworks ... magical ..."
    Marcus Kalipolites, Times-Herald Record, 2006

As Lucia in "Lucia di Lammermoor":

"... sung with remarkable precision and conviction by soprano Heather Connolly she looked the part and conveyed Lucia's nervous emotions quite well. ..."
    Tom Kane, The River Reporter, 2004

"... first-rate ... as good as it gets. ... her strong agile voice provides a vibrant edge ..."
    Marcus Kalipolites, The Times Herald-Record, 2004

In a Cabaret Performance:

"She's funny, she's sexy, she sings high operatic almost-schmaltz, and with her Edwardian pallor and raven-dark hair, she looks like a beglittered vision of John Singer Sargent's Portrait of Madame X. The straights show up in droves, and cabaret queens go wild over vocal acrobatics (some of them satirical, all of them graceful) that you might have expected at The Met. And she's not afraid to be a biological woman on platforms often interpreted by drag queens. She's Heather Connolly, she's gorgeous, and we love her!
    The Georgia Literary Association, 2003

In Concert with The Woodstock Chamber Orchestra:

"Guest artist Heather Connolly who sang Mozart's 'Vorrei spiegarvi oh, Dio' and 'Exsultate Jubilate' hit her stride in a pyrotechnical execution of the 'Exsultate Jubilate' ..."
    Daily Freeman, 2001

As Eurydice in "Orpheus in the Underworld":

"Heather Connolly, who enhances her demonstrative acting with the intensity of a silvery singing voice, is especially impressive as Eurydice. ... Connolly could not have been better cast. Adding depth to her mercurial character is a combination of rich, golden singing tones and expressive body language."
    Times Herald-Record, 2001

As Lucia in "Lucia di Lammermoor":

"... she nailed the coloratura work with a warm and focused tone ... most interesting in her final mad scene ..."
    The Star Ledger, 2001

In Recital at The Merchant and Ivory Foundation:

"... a superb young soloist ... the music making was simply wonderful ..."
    Home & Style Magazine, 2000

In Concert with The St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra:

"... American soprano Heather Connolly travelled from across the ocean to make her debut in Russia at St. Petersburg's largest hall, at The Great Philharmonic Hall. Her voice has a unique and beautiful brilliant timbre, and she thrilled her audience with a program which included the Queen of the Night's aria from Mozart's 'Die Zauberflote' and The Bell Song from Delibes' 'Lakme.' She sang the entire program with great enthusiasm and enjoyment which the audience shared with her ..."
    The St. Petersburg Notebook, 2000
(translated from Russian)

As the Queen of the Night in "Die Zauberflöte":

"Heather Connolly wowed the audience with her slinky Queen of the Night and her vocal acrobatics, picking off the high F's with seeming ease. ... a good sized voice, [she] sang with vocal authority. ..."
    The Star Ledger, 1999

"Heather Connolly brought a commanding voice and presence to the role of the 'Queen of the Night.' ..."
    The Coaster, 1999

As Julia Jellico in Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Grand Duke":

"... a magnificent soprano voice and all the ardor at her command to impersonate Julia Jellico ..."
    The Boston Globe

As Rosa Bud in "The Mystery of Edwin Drood":

"Heather Connolly as Rosa Bud resembles a porcelain Victorian doll and has a magnificent voice. ... she brought the house down as she sang 'Moonfall.' ..."
    Portsmouth Herald

"Rosa Bud, played with rose-like ingenuousness indeed by the adorable Heather Connolly. ... she sang the challenging 'Moonfall' with confidence and ease. ..."
    American Journal

In a Concert Performance:

"Heather Connolly was the highlight of the evening. ..."
    Portland Press Herald


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