German-Canadian dramatic soprano Heidi Muendel is a regional finalist of the Metropolitan Opera Competition and recipient of the Canada Council Career Development Grant. She has a Master’s in Music in Opera Performance from the University of British Columbia with a background in dance and acting. She benefited from studies at the Franz Schubert-Institute (Vienna) with a scholarship from the Johann Strauss Foundation, International Vocal Arts Institute, directed by Metropolitan Opera’s Joan Dornemann, and New York Oper Studio with Nico and Carol Castel.
Heidi’s operatic repertoire includes: Senta from Der Fliegende Holländer, the title roles of Turandot, Ariadne auf Naxos and Norma as well as Leonora from Fidelio and Santuzza from Cavallieria Rusticana. Her concert credits include: Verdi’s Requiem, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and solo concerts with the numerous Canadian symphony orchestras. She is an active recitalist, performing varied programs including opera, art song and Canadian Compositions.
Heidi is currently living in Frankfurt am Main, Germany and is coaching with the internationally acclaimed dramatic soprano Janice Baird, as well as repetiteurs Björn Huestege (head coach at Oper Frankfurt), Simone di Felice (Oper Frankfurt), Byron Knutson (Berlin) and Margaret Singer (Karlsruhe).