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Heather Boaz was born and raised in small-town Indiana. At 18, she moved to New York City to puruse her dreams of opera. She arrived at Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of Cynthia Hoffmann, receiving her Bachelors and Masters degrees. At MSM, her versatility was showcased on the Mainstage in productions of Summer and Smoke (Mrs. Winemiller), Griffelkin (Mother), and extensive scenes of Cosi Fan Tutte (Fiordiligi) as well as appearing in chamber productions as the lead in Poulenc's Les Mamelles de Tiresias under the baton of Ken Merrill and The Beggar's Opera (Suky Tawdry).
Outside of school she has appeared at Opera North, The Daniel Ferro Program, The Amalfi Coast Music Festival, singing in operas and recitals in Salzburg, Lucca, Naples, and Greve to name a few. Favorite roles and scenes include Contessa (Le Nozze di Figaro), Blanche (Dialogues des Carmelites), First Lady (Die Zauberflote), and Mimi (La Boheme).
During her "free time" in school, she studied the roels of Mimi (La Boheme), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), and Micaela (Carmen) under Martina Arroyo in her Role Preparation Program. She also explored Anne Bogart's Viewpoints acting technique as applied to opera with Lauren Flanigan in her American Opera Projects program.
At the end of her Masters program, a temporary thyroid condition took Heather's voice away from her for a period of roughly two and half years. Not to be discouraged, Heather sought to grow as an artist all the more-- to take in all things relevant. She pursued acting and intensive language courses with fervor. She enrolled in the Deutsches Haus of New York University in German courses as well as acting classes with Alexandra Neil (Michael Howard Studio/ independent), Linklater classes under Craig Bacon (The Linklater Center), intensive Shakespeare and Chekhov summer courses at the Stella Adler Studio, and weekly scene study under Scott Freeman in his TriBeCa studio. She has engaged in acting Masterclasses with the renowned Rob Clare, as well as extended Masterclasses with New York Theatre Workshop's Jack Doulin and actress Marin Ireland.
Within a year of pursuing acting, she starred as the lead in an independent comedy feature film, earned her Equity card, and joined an independent Shakespeare company--New Place Payers, specializing in designing immersive plays in "found spaces", combined with five course meals for five act Shakespeare plays. Here she has played Olivia in Twelfth Night and Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream-- hailed by TimeOut New York as "this weekend's #1 thing to do!"
New Place Players finds their home at Casa Duse, a five story mansion in Brooklyn, which acts a sort of shrine to art, containing artifacts and memorabilia from the theatre and opera world including the likes of Charlie Chaplin, Stanislavski, John Gielgud, Laurence Olivier and of course the great Eleanora Duse. The house acted as a pied- a-terre for Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge, often entertaining such "opera greats" as Luciano Pavarotti.
How fitting Heather should find an artistic haven for creation and growth here.
In the last year, Heather has returned to her first love of music, bringing to bear all of the acting training and experience she has acquired. Her goal is to perform with a focus on communication, language, and above all, truth.
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