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Angelic is the word that has most often been used to describe the silvery, pure, sweet tone of Esther Heideman's vocal artistry. In 2000, she won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the Licia Albanese Competition. In 2001, she made her Metropolitan Opera debut singing Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. These performances were immediately followed by her debut with the New York Philharmonic in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, and her European debut with the Prague Radio Symphony, singing in Mahler's Second Symphony.

Ms. Heideman's career began with her Carnegie Hall debut, singing Handel’s Messiah. Since this time, she has performed with major orchestras throughout the United States and Europe such as the Baltimore Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Concert Artists of Baltimore, Berkshire Choral Festival, Pacific Symphony, Springfield Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Boston Baroque, Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra del Gran Teatre del Liceu, and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.

In addition to performing the staples of traditional concert repertoire, such as Haydn's Creation, Mozart's C-minor Mass, Handel's Messiah and Orff's Carmina Burana, Esther Heideman has featured prominently in the premieres of some of today's most respected contemporary composer. These have included the role of Jenny Lind in Libby Larsen’s opera Barnum’s Bird (Plymouth Music Series, Philip Brunelle), Sister Angelica in The Three Hermits by Stephen Paulus, and The Revelation of St. John by Daniel Schnyder (with the Orquestra del Gran Teatre del Liceu under Sebastian Weigel and Milwaukee Symphony under Andreas Delfs), as well as Deus Passus by Wolfgang Rihm (Rotterdam Philharmonic, Markus Stenz). 

Ms. Heideman has returned to the US after living and performing in Beijing for more than a year. After a very successful summer in 2013, she will return to the Aspen Music Festival in 2014 to perform Esa-Pekka Solonen’s Five Images After Sappho. She will also be singing Mahler’s Symphony #2 with Lexington Philharmonic, and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with Buffalo Philharmonic and The Lied Center for Performing Arts.

Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO