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Currently a principal artist at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, American soprano Heidi Stober stunned audiences with her sterling lyric soprano voice and incisive stage personality in her house debut in fall of 2008 as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte.  She has since appeared there in a variety of leading roles including Micaëla in Carmen, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel, Oscar in Un ballo in maschera, and Nannetta in Falstaff.

The start of the 2013-2014 season finds Ms. Stober returning to San Francisco Opera and the Metropolitan Opera to sing Nannetta in Falstaff and Pamina in The Magic Flute, respectively. She will also perform with Deutsche Oper Berlin as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte and Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro. Role debuts include Adina in a new production of Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore at Deutsche Oper Berlin and Magnolia in a San Francisco Opera production of Showboat. On the concert stage, the soprano will perform Barber’s Knoxville and Mahler’s 4th Symphony with Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin under the baton of Mark Wigglesworth.

Highlights of Ms. Stober’s 2012-13 season included a return to Santa Fe Opera, singing the role of Ada in the world premiere of Theodore Morrison’s Oscar, based on the life of Oscar Wilde and performing as Musetta in a new production of La bohème at Houston Grand Opera with director John Caird. In addition, she returned to another season at Deutsche Oper Berlin, where she sang Pamina, Micaëla, and Princess Ninetta in Robert Carsen’s new production of Prokofiev’s L’Amour des Trois Oranges, conducted by Steven Sloane.


Having already taken to the stages of the world’s most important opera companies, Ms. Stober made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera during the 2011-2012 season as Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel conducted by Robin Ticciati as well as a role debut as Zdenka in Arabella conducted by Sir Andrew Davis with the Santa Fe Opera. She debuted with the San Francisco Opera to great 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 of which Mercury News wrote “Consider going to this new Flute simply to see Stober. Every time she arrives on stage, Mozart re-emerges in all his richness. In the end, we go to the opera to hear singing; this woman can sing.” 

Solidly established as a house favorite at Houston Grand Opera, in addition to Xerxes, Ms. Stober has appeared as Susanna, Blondchen in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Drusilla in L’incoronazione di Poppea, and Norina in Don Pasquale. Her 2007 debut as La Folie in Plateé 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 Boheme.

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.  Ms. 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 soprano soloist in concert performances of 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.