International mezzo soprano Heather Jewson continues a successful career on the concert and opera stages of North America and Europe. Heather’s 2011 season included debuts with both the Wisconsin Philharmonic (conducted by Maestro Alexander Platt) singing Elgar’s Sea Pictures, and with the acclaimed Toronto company Tapestry New Opera work, for the Canadian premier of The Sloan’s Project. Other season highlights include the US premier of Robert LePage’s Canadian Opera Company production of The Nightingale and other short fables (Stravinsky) at the Brooklyn Academy of Music; Madame Flora in Menotti’s The Medium (Northern Lights Performing Arts Pavilion), Duruflé’s Requiem and Handel’s Messiah.
The 2009-10 season saw Ms. Jewson return to the Aspen Summer Music Festival to sing the title role in Britten's The Rape of Lucretia, with acclaimed conductor Jane Glover. She also made her debut with both the Jeunesses Musicales du Canada and Pacific Opera Victoria in the roles of Nicklausse (Tales of Hoffmann), and Flora (La Traviata). Heather ended the season on tour to Nunavik, playing the role of Tisbe in the Canadian Opera Company Studio’s production of Cinderella.
Ms. Jewson’s operatic repertoire includes; Tisbe in Rossini’s La Cenerentola (Aspen Summer Music Festival), Jessica in John Estacio ‘s Frobisher (premier at the Banff Centre Centre for the Performing Arts); Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus (J. Strauss), Frau Reich in Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor (O Nicolai), Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro (W.A, Mozart), Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier (Sheffield Symphony Orchestra,UK), and the Sorceress in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (Preston Opera,UK).
On the concert stage Heather is quite active in both Oratorio and Recital. Highlights include Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the Stratford Concert Choir, Handel’s Messiah with the Pax Christi Choral and The Mississauga Choral society and Bach’s Cantata 137 and Cantata 110 at the Toronto International Bach Festival under the baton of Maestro Helmuth Rilling. As a recitalist, she and pianist David Eliakis co-created/wrote the program “Tell me the Truth about Love”, which they have performed in a number of venues throughout Toronto and South-western Ontario. She has also appeared with the Aldeburgh Connection and The Stratford Chamber Music Society.
In addition to a Masters of Music from the University of Toronto, Heather also holds a Postgraduate Diploma from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England, where she was a Major Scholar of the Peter Moores Foundation.