Mezzo-soprano Heather Fogarty began singing lessons at the age of 9 with Patricia Finnegan in the Laois School of Music. At the age of 14 she was awarded a music scholarship to the Schola Cantorum at St.Finian's College Mullingar where she continued her musical studies for five years before embarking upon and completing her Vocal Studies Degree at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, studying with Mary Brennan and repetiteur Dearbhla Collins. Recently Heather was awarded the prestigious Julia Trench Bursary.
Notable performances include the role of Pitti-Sing in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado with the Rathmines and Rathgar Musical Society in the NCH; the Owl in Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen with RIAM and a lunchtime performance of Brahms Liebeslieder with Mezzo-Soprano Ann Murray in the NCH. More recent performances include the role of the 3rd soprano in Carassimi’s opera brief Jephte and the 3rd Knabe in Mozart’s Die Zauberflote - both with the RIAM. Heather spent the summer of 2013 with the International Schleswig Holstein Music Festival Choir touring Germany under the direction of maestro Rolf Beck who is also the director of the newly established Chorakademie Lubeck. Heather was privileged to take part in the first ever project with Chorakademie Lubeck last December for a series of Christmas concerts around Germany.
Future engagements include appearances in the Samuel Beckett Theatre as Mirinda in RIAM’s production of Ormindo, and in Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra in 2015.