The American soprtano, Laura Heimes, holds her Bachelors degree from SUNY Geneseo and Master of Music degrees in Choral Conducting and Voice Performance from Temple University.
Praised for her “sparkle and humor, radiance and magnetism” and hailed for "a voice equally velvety up and down the registers", Laura Heimes is widely regarded as an artist of great versatility, with repertoire ranging from the Renaissance to the 21st century. She has collaborated with many of the leading figures in early music, including Andrew Lawrence-King, Julianne Baird, Tempeste di Mare, The King’s Noyse, Paul O'Dette, Chatham Baroque, Apollo’s Fire, New York Collegium, Publick Musick, Brandywine Baroque, Trinity Consort, and Piffaro - The Renaissance Band, a group with whom she has toured the USA. She has been heard at the Boston, Connecticut and Indianapolis Early Music Festivals, at the Oregon Bach Festival and Bach Festival of Philadelphia under the baton of Helmuth Rilling, at the Carmel Bach Festival under Bruno Weil, and in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Brazil in concerts of J.S. Bach and George Frideric Handel. With the Philadelphia Orchestra she appeared as Mrs. Nordstrom in Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music. December 2003 marked her Carnegie Hall debut in G.F. Handel's Messiah with the Masterwork Chorus.
Highlights of the 2010-2011 season included Georg Philipp Telemann’s Ino with Tempesta di Mare (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), Venetian music with ARTEK (Drew University, Princeton, New York, City), J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (BWV 244) (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), G.F. Handel’s Gloria with Voices of Music (Berkeley, Palo Alto and San Francisco, California), Antonio Vivaldi’s Nulla Pax in Mundo Sincera, Alessandro Scarlatti’s Venere, Amore e Ragione, and a program of Elizabeth Jacquet de la Guerre cantatas with Brandywine Baroque (Exton, Pennsylvania, Rehoboth and Greenville, Delaware). She appeared in an all Bach program with Voices of Music on the Renaissance and Baroque Society Series (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania). Also in Pittsburgh, Laura. Heimes will sang Monteverdi with Chatham Baroque - a program in association with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. She continued her collaborations with Piffaro - The Renaissance Band and appeared with them twice in 2010-2011 season; the first time in a program entitled The Royals’ Baptism & Ballet and the second time for their holiday concerts called “Drive the Cold Winter Away!”
Repeat engagements with NYS Baroque (Ithaca, Elmira and Syracuse, New York) and Pegasus Early Music will bring Laura Heimes to upstate New York three times this season. The first program – “Death and Devotion” - contains music by J.S. Bach, Dietrich Buxtehude and Johann Pachelbel. The second is an all Handel program which will include Terpsicore as well as G.F. Handel opera arias. With Pegasus Early Music (Rochester, New York) she will sing a program called An English Treasury – a lute song recital with director Deborah Fox.
Laura Heimes has recorded for Dorian, Pro Gloria Musicae, Plectra Music, Sonabilis, and Albany and Avian records. Her most recent recordings include “On The Just Treatment of Licentious Men” (modern art songs by Peter Flint), “Cantatas Françoises” (music of Jacquet de la Guerre and Clérambault), G.F. Handel: Duets and Trios; “Oh! the Sweet Delights of Love”: the songs of Purcell with Brandywine Baroque; “The Lass with the Delicate Air”: English Songs from the London Pleasure Gardens; “The Jane Austen Songbook” with Julianne Baird; and Antonio Caldara's Il Giuoco del Quadriglio with Julianne Baird and the Queen's Chamber Band conducted by Stephen Altop. A recording of the Biblical Cantatas of Elizabeth Jacquet de la Guerre is currently in progress.