American mezzo-soprano of Israel descent, Tal Heller, just graduated with her Master’s degrees in Classical Vocal Performance. With Mannes Opera, she performed Marcellina in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and covered Baba the Turk in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress under the baton of Metropolitan Opera conductor Joseph Colaneri. She was the alto in a performance of Brahms’ Vier Quartette, a soloist with the Oltman/Newman Guitar Duo, and the featured singer in Massenet’s Elegie with the Mannes Sounds Festival. Ms. Heller also sang Elgar’s Sea Pictures as part of a sign language and classical music festival, Sign & Sing. She has participated in masterclasses with Helmut Deutsch, Ken Noda, Will Crutchfield, Margo Garrett, and Michel Sénéchal. Ms. Heller has sung in concerts around the world, including France, Italy, and her father’s native country Israel. Ms. Heller was born and raised in Sharon, Massachusetts. This past summer she was a fellow at the prestigious Ravinia's Steans Music Institute.