Known for her sparkling animation, superb diction and translucent vocal quality, the young soprano Sheryl Heather Cohen began making a name for herself while still an Artist in Residence at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. Last season's schedule included rare performances of Handel's Apollo and Daphne with Tempesta di Mare (Philadelphia's newest Baroque orchestra). She sang Gala Concerts to open the Sylvan Opera season: Somebody Loves Me (an evening of operetta and musical theater) and Vive l'Amour (an evening of operatic love scenes); an Evening of Gilbert & Sullivan with the Fairfield County Chorale and a Mozart/Schubert program with the Newton Choral Society. Recently she was heard in Mozart concerts in Philadelphia and several productions with Utah Opera (Rigoletto, The Ballad of Baby Doe, Il Barbiere di Siviglia). While at AVA she starred as Norina in Don Pasquale, Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel, Adele in Die Fledermaus and Musetta in La Bohème, among others. She has also sung Musetta with Opera Memphis, Gretel at the Ash Lawn-Highland Festival and been engaged by the Opera Company of Philadelphia.
On the concert stage Miss Cohen has performed a wide variety of
repertoire from Handel and Mozart to Orff and Rutter with such organizations
as the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, the Boston Classical Orchestra,
the Nashua Symphony and the Ocean City Pops. She has sung the music of
Irving Berlin and George Gershwin, as well as costarring in tributes to
Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy. Her recordings on the Amerimusic label
include Mozart's Alleluia with the Sunrise String Quartet, one
of patriotic songs with the US Navy Band
Miss Cohen has been a Young Artist with the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and an Artist in Residence with Opera Memphis, working with such distinguished conductors and stage directors as Michael Ching, Dorothy Danner, David Gately, John Hoomes, Christopher Larkin, Jay Lesenger, Stephen Lord and Christofer Macatsoris, to name a few.
A National Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, she received her education at Oberlin College and Conservatory and Boston University and earned an Artist Diploma from the Academy of Vocal Arts.