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
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 ..."
"... Queen of the night receives an ominous portrayal by Heather Connolly who delivers splendid coloratura fireworks ... magical ..."
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. ..."
"... first-rate ... as good as it gets. ... her strong agile voice provides a vibrant edge ..."
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!
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' ..."
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."
As Lucia in "Lucia di Lammermoor":
"... she nailed the coloratura work with a warm and focused tone ... most interesting in her final mad scene ..."
In Recital at The Merchant and Ivory Foundation:
"... a superb young soloist ... the music making was simply wonderful ..."
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 ..."
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. ..."
"Heather Connolly brought a commanding voice and presence to the role of the 'Queen of the Night.' ..."
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 ..."
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.' ..."
"Rosa Bud, played with rose-like ingenuousness indeed by the adorable Heather Connolly. ... she sang the challenging 'Moonfall' with confidence and ease. ..."
In a Concert Performance:
"Heather Connolly was the highlight of the evening. ..."