About Lisa Heffter

Lisa Ralia Heffter lives in relative obscurity as a prolific composer, writing both classical music, musical theater, and rock operas. At first, with her foundation in the classics as a master’s graduate of The Juilliard School, Heffter toured Europe as the violist in the French Manfred String Quartet, which became the first prize competition winners of the Banff International String Quartet Competition and Evian.

With her travels came an appetite to write, and Heffter’s Eschape, an impressionist flute quartet, premiered at Carnegie Recital Hall which was reviewed by the New York Times as “astonishingly beautiful … an homage to Ravel.” Other commissions and work for hire include the ballet Through the Looking Glass Darkly, performed at Harkness Dance Center by the Manhattan Ballet; Viola Suite in G, premiered at Aspen Summer Music Festival in Colorado; Eight Weeks in the Mountains, a comic opera performed at the Taos Music Festival in New Mexico; From Inside the Volcano, a synthetic symphony recorded in association with Kaleidesound of Berlin; Opus 108, a duet for viola and cello,  recorded by violist Dan Avshalomov (American String Quartet) and international solo cellist Raphael Jezerski; The Five Elements, song cycle for baritone, performed by John Tedeschi;  Aaron and Cyma Stories for piano/flute/violin trio, performed by the Chamber Musicians at Great Gorge; and Carbon Fiber String Quartet #1 performed by Calhoun Quartet at Mary Lea Johnson Theater in NYC. Heffter’s most recent duet for violin & piano Rage was performed at The Palace Theater in Hawaii by Jorge Avila and Cheryl Moore. Rage had it’s premier at Belvoir in Lennox, Mass. played by violin extraordinaire Laura Goldberg and pianist Jeremy Reger.

In 1994, Heffter’s first rock opera Atom & Eve packed the house for two staged readings at the Westbeth Theater, directed by Tom O’Horgan (Jesus Christ Superstar/Hair). Recorded excerpts from Atom & Eve drew a commission from Canada’s TV/Movie Co. Salter Street Productions, to compose the full musical score for the sung-thru musical Blood & Fire which had a sold out staged reading at the York Theater in spring of 2001, and then won a presentation in New York’s Spring 2002 Ascap/Disney Musical Theater Workshop Showcase, where Heffter’s songs were applauded by the panel as “Each song is a hit out of the ballpark …way out of the ballpark!” Heffter was then hired by Daryl Roth Prd to write and record the full accompanying score for the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway production of Esoterica starring Eric Walton. She also wrote incidental music for award winning off-Broadway productions of Beast on the Moon and Manuscript and contributed to the soundtrack of Will Ferrell’s Broadway hit show You’re Welcome America.

Oh! The Sport of Love” a bawdy comic operetta for mezzo-soprano, has been performed from intimate parlors to starlit stages world wide, and Permission, Heffter’s one-act rock opera, is in the process of being re-staged after a sold out two week run at The Triad in NYC.

Heffter is currently collaborating with Jean Witter, librettist, on “Mars: 2076,” a futuristic musical based on the American Revolution of 1776.

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