Praised for her "luminous voice" and "intensely expressive interpretations," (The New York Times) soprano Sarah Shafer is quickly emerging as a sought-after operatic and concert artist. A native of State College, PA, she currently studies in the opera program at the Curtis Institute of Music with Joan Patenaude-Yarnell. All students at Curtis receive merit-based full tuition scholarships, and Sarah holds the Alfred Greenberg Memorial Fellowship in Opera. Sarah recently made her professional operatic debut in the role of Barbarina and the cover role of Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro at the Glyndebourne Festival and at the BBC Proms in London’s Royal Albert Hall. Other recent roles also included her American debut with Opera Memphis singing Adina in L'Elisir d'Amore, Mary Lennox in the world premiere of San Francisco Opera's The Secret Garden, and Papagena in Opera Philadelphia's Die Zauberﬂöte. This February she will return to the Academy of Music for Opera Philadelphia’s production of Ainadamar as Nuria.
Her credits for the Curtis Opera Theatre include over twenty productions and a variety of roles including Pamina in Die Zauberﬂöte, Almirena in Rinaldo, Giulietta in I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Elizabeth Zimmer in Henze's Elegy for Young Lovers, Ilia in Idomeneo, Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Soﬁa in Il Signor Bruschino, and Mélisande in Impressions of Pelléas. This spring she will sing the role of Sister Constance in Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites. On the concert stage, Sarah was most recently heard as the soprano soloist in Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 and other works with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra. Other recently performed works include Fauré’s Requiem, Tchaikovsky’s Duet for soprano and tenor, Strauss' Suite from Der Rosenkavalier, Mozart's Mass in C Minor and Requiem, Handel's Messiah and Dixit Dominus, Vaughan Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem, and Mahler's Fourth Symphony. Sarah has also appeared as a soloist with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, the Richmond and Maryland Symphony Orchestras, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and the Boca Raton Symphonia and Master Chorale of South Florida. In December she will make her Carnegie Hall debut as soprano soloist with the New York Choral Society.
An avid performer of chamber music and lieder, Sarah recently appeared in recitals with legendary pianist Richard Goode, performing at venues including Town Hall in New York City. She and Mr. Goode are performing in recitals together again this season. She also recently collaborated with renowned guitarist Jason Vieaux in a recital with the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society performing works of Dowland and Britten. Sarah spent three summers as a resident artist at the Marlboro Music Festival, where she worked with Richard Goode, Benita Valente, Sir Thomas Allen, and the late Martin Isepp. She has also performed in the Mozart and Handel Académie européenne de musique in Aix-en-Provence, France.