Heidi Skok mezzosopran
Mezzo-soprano Heidi Skok performed in numerous productions at the Metropolitan Opera as a soprano from 1992 to 2003, some of which include Elektra, Ariadne auf Naxos, Rigoletto, Jenufa, and Britten’s Death in Venice. During the 1998-1999 MET season, Ms. Skok performed as Masha in Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades conducted by Valery Gergiev, which was featured on PBS’s “Live from Lincoln Center.” In addition, during the 1998-1999 and 1999-2000 seasons, Ms. Skok sang in the MET’s premiere of Arnold Schoenberg’s Moses und Aron as one of the Naked Virgins, with James Levine at the podium. During the 2000-2001 season, Heidi Skok sang again under Maestro Levine’s baton as a Flowermaiden in Wagner’s Parsifal. In December 2003, she reprised her role of the Naked Virgin for the third time, again under the baton of James Levine. Ms. Skok sang regionally for such opera companies as Pittsburgh Opera, Wolf Trap Opera and Lyric Opera of Kansas City.
Ms. Skok is renowned as a recitalist and concert presenter. Known as the “Alpha-Omega Mezzo”, Ms. Skok has a specialized talent in the realm of Early Music particularly in her portrayal of Handel roles, most recently her first Sesto and is a champion very much in demand by modern American composers with concerts booked well into 2017. Among venues, she has appeared at the 92nd Street Y, Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, among others and has presented concerts on three other continents.
Recent engagements have included her first Sesto with Upstate Chamber Opera, a concert for Gay Pride at the Spectrum premiering new mezzo and flute song cycle by American composer Gerald Busby in New York City, a St. Paul’s Cathedral appearance, concerts with the Octavo Singers including an appearance at Proctors Theater in Schenectady, NY, a concert in Princeton, NJ premiering songs of American composer Gerald Busby, her first Messiah, several Saint Rose Camerata Series concerts, a concert celebrating the music of American composer Gerald Busby at the Massry Center for the Arts in Albany, NY, and the premiering of one of American composer Martin Hennessy’s songs at The National Opera Center in New York City.
Heidi Skok has won numerous awards and prizes including The Sullivan Award from Opera America, the Opera Index, the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and she was a Semi-finalist for the 1997 Birgit Nilsson Prize.
Heidi Skok is an alumnus of the Metropolitan Opera’s Young Artist Development Program, a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with a BFA in Vocal Performance and a recipient of an Artist’s Diploma from Tito Capobianco’s Pittsburgh Opera Center (Duquesne University). Ms. Skok is an active teacher of singing as well, maintaining thriving studios in New York City, Cleveland, and San Diego. Additionally, she teaches students world-wide via Skype on the Web.