Please meet our Mezzo Soprano Soloist for the Mozart Requiem on 2nd June, Heather Ireson
Scottish mezzo-soprano Heather Ireson studied Music at the University of Aberdeen and was taught by Gillian Jack throughout her degree. During her time at Aberdeen University, Heather held a revered choral scholarship in conjunction with the Aberdeen University Chapel Choir, and performed with them on a weekly basis. In July 2010 she graduated with a First Class BMus (Hons) degree and received the Ogston Music Award for outstanding commitment to performance during her time at university. Heather then went on to study at the Royal Northern College of Music, where she was awarded a Master’s of Music in Solo Performance with Distinction. Whilst at the RNCM, Heather sang the title role in Handel’s Xerxes and Mrs Herring Albert Herring.
Last year was an exciting year for Heather; during the summer of 2017 Heather received commendable reviews for her portrayal of the role of Karolka, in Jenůfa by Janáček, which she sang for Grange Park Opera at their new residence of West Horsley Place. She then went on to join the Glyndebourne Opera Tour, taking part in the choruses of Brett Dean’s newly composed opera Hamlet, and Mozart’s Così Fan Tutte.
Other recent professional engagements for Heather include the role of Coro, Il Campanello, Donizetti; chorus Herculanum, Félicien David, and Vanessa, Samuel Barber, for Wexford Festival Opera 2016; chorus Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Wagner; Béatrice et Bénédict, Berlioz and cover chorus Le Nozze di Figaro, Mozart for Glyndebourne Festival Opera 2016; chorus Don Pasquale, Donizetti, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Mozart and Handel’s Saul for Glyndebourne Tour 2015; chorus Bizet’s Carmen and Donizetti’s Poliuto for Glyndebourne Festival 2015.
Heather has now relocated to Scotland permanently, and continues to study singing with Patricia MacMahon. Currently Heather is singing as part of the chorus in Eugene Onegin for Scottish Opera.