Heather Jones makes her debut with FBN this season in the role of Cherubino in Davies’s The Three Little Pigs. She has performed such beloved mezzo roles as Hansel, Rosina, Dorabella, Cherubino, Charlotte, and Orlofsky, and will sing the role of Dorothée in Cendrillon this summer with Opera Company of Middlebury. Heather recently appeared with Opera Saratoga in a historic production of The Cradle Will Rock (Sister Mister) and with Light Opera of New York in The Island of Tulipatan (Theodorine). She is featured on the cast recordings of both productions, which are available on Spotify. Heather has also workshopped and premiered numerous works with Opera Philadelphia, Opera Fayetteville, the Albany Symphony, American Lyric Theatre, Sign & Sing NYC, and Seagle Music Colony. Heather holds degrees in music from Westminster Choir College and Mannes School of Music and has received training from Seagle Music Colony, the CoOPERAtive Program, and Bel Canto at Caramoor. Originally from South Carolina, Heather currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.
Serena Hill-LaRoche, soprano, joined FBN Productions Opera for Kids, Inc. staff in the fall of 2016 as the Administration/Production Associate. She is currently Associate Professor of Music and Coordinator of Vocal Studies at Coker College, where she teaches applied voice, diction, vocal pedagogy and song literature. Hill’s recent performance and/or master class engagements include East Tennessee State University, Greenville Light Opera Works, University of North Carolina at Pembroke, South Carolina Philharmonic, University of South Carolina, Columbia College, Bechtler Museaum of Art, Virginia Commonwealth University, Palmetto Opera, University of Maryland, Central Florida Lyric Opera, Firenze Lirico, Columbia Museum of Art, and Abadía Benedictina de la Santa Cruz del Valle de los Caídos as well as other performances in both Spain and Italy. An award winning vocal artist, Hill was a 2003 finalist in the Southeast Regional Metropolitan Opera Auditions, a 2012 and 2008 NATSAA Regional Finalist and the 2006 Artist of the Year with FBN Productions, Inc. In 2003, she was the Bizet Award winner for the Orpheus National Young Artist Vocal Competition and a Palmetto Opera Competition Finalist in 2005. Hill received a Doctorate in Musical Arts and a Master of Music from the University of South Carolina, both in Vocal Performance, and a Bachelor of Music from the University of North Alabama. Recent engagements include performances of Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Herbert Howells’s Hymnus Paradisi, Bach’s Cantata No. 1, Vaughan Williams’s Dona nobis pacem, Britten’s Les Illuminations, Mendelssohn’s Hymn of Praise, Mozart’s Requiem, and Werner Jaegerhuber’s Messe Folklorique Haïtienne as well as a series of recitals down the East Coast.