Heather Buck’s diverse operatic adventures range widely, from creating such roles as Alma in Wuourinen’s Brokeback Mountain at Madrid’s Teatro Real, Ku in Prestini’s Gilgamesh, and Haroun in Wuourinen’s Haroun and the Sea of Stories; to singing US stage premiers of Lachenmann’s Little Matchgirl, Rihm’s Proserpina (title role), and Dusapin’s Faustus, the Last Night (Angel); to enjoying standard repertoire such as Beatrice et Bénédict (Héro, Opera Boston), Der Freischütz (Ännchen, Opera Boston), L’Elisir d’Amore (Anina), Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina), Pearl Fishers (Leïla), Magic Flute (Queen of the Night), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Tytania), and La Bohème (Musetta). She appeared with Odyssey Opera in Argento’s Miss Havisham’s Wedding Night, and first worked with Gil Rose through BMOP in Adès’ Powder Her Face (The Maid), a role she also performed in Aspen, Brooklyn, Metz, Bilbao and London.
In concert, Heather appeared both at the Kennedy Center and Trinity Wall Street in Glass’ Symphony No. 5, Beijing’s National Center for the Performing Arts in Mahler’s 2nd Symphony, Marinsky Theater in Tan Dun’s Water Passion after St. Matthew, the Concertgebouw in Dusapin’s Faustus, the Last Night, Boston’s Symphony Hall in Handel’s Messiah, Ottawa’s National Arts Centre with the NAC Orchestra in Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, and Avery Fisher Hall and Carnegie Hall with the American Symphony Orchestra. She sang Salonen’s Five Images After Sappho (Utah Symphony Orchestra), Druckman’s Counterpoise (Los Angeles Symphony New Music Group), Orff’s Carmina Burana (San Antonio Symphony, North Carolina Symphony), and the US premiere of Saariaho’s Leino Laulut (American Composers Orchestra).