Choreographer Heidi Spesard Noble was said by the Twin Cities Daily Planet, “to blend dancers and singers seamlessly together” and by the Pioneer Press to have produced “engaging dance interludes with lifts and spins” in Minnesota Opera’s recent production of Rusalka .
Ms. Noble has developed a strong relationship with Minnesota Opera, choreographing a variety of operas including most recently the World Premiere of Edward Tulane(2022), Thaïs (2018), “a triumph of music, dance and design” (Pioneer Press), Carmen (2015 and 2008), The Dream of Valentino with its “plot moving tangos,” Manon Lescaut, Wuthering Heights, Nabucco, Lakmé, Orazi e Curiazi, and La traviata. She was assistant choreographer to the world renowned Doug Varone for the world premiere of The Grapes of Wrath with Minnesota Opera, Utah Opera, and Pittsburgh Opera.
Her adventurous direction has also been seen with Project Opera’s productions of Music of Mozart, Tom Thumb, Noah’s Fludde, Down In The Valley, and 123 Sesame with Sesame Street Live. She is a regular choreographer for many regional theater companies including Theater Latte Da, Open Eye Theater, Artistry Theater and CedarSummerstock. Her most recent production was the regional premiere of Scrooge In Rouge(2023).
Her most recent performances with Minnesota Opera include Merry Widow and La Traviata. Previously with Minnesota Dance Theater under the direction of founder Loyce Houlton, she performed classical and contemporary ballets by George Balanchine, Petipa, Eugene Loring, Frederick Ashton, and as a featured soloist in Loyce’s Nutcracker Fantasy. She also appeared in Loyce’s film, Knoxville, Summer of 1915. The next engagements included those with Kansas City Ballet, and subsequently, Chanhassen Dinner Theater, where she appeared in more than 15 musicals. Her favorites including Maggie/choreographer in Brigadoon, Ado Annie in 42nd St., Fleur in Phantom, Mitzi in Crazy for You, and Grandmother Tzeitel in Fiddler on The Roof, to name a few. She continues her teaching of musical theater dance with Chanhassen Teen Intensive Camp every summer.
Her upcoming engagements include choreographer for Matilda at De La Salle and Thais with Utah Opera.