Praised by The Philadelphia Inquirer for her “crystalline sound, perfectly true intonation, glowing warmth, and total presence” and called “remarkable, artistically mature … [and] a singer to watch” by Opera News, soprano Sarah Shafer is in demand on the world’s leading operatic and concert stages.
During the 2018–19 season, Ms. Shafer makes her house and role debut as Susanna in San Diego Opera’s production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, directed by Stephen Lawless, and she sings Poulenc’s Gloria and Villa-Lobos’s Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 with the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra; Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Francesco Lecce-Chong; Mahler’s Symphony No 2 with the Toledo Symphony; Mozart’s Requiem with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra; J. S. Bach’s St. John Passion with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra; and Shanan Estreicher’s Songs of Emily Dickinson with the Chamber Orchestra of New York. Recital engagements include the Chamber Music Society of Detroit and Clayton State University’s Spivey Hall with pianist Richard Goode and appearances with clarinetist Richard Stoltzman and pianist David Deveau. Ms. Shafer also performs at the Five Boroughs Music Festival in Brooklyn, New York, with pianist Martin Katz.
Career highlights for Sarah Shafer include making her Metropolitan Opera debut singing the role of Azema in John Copley’s production of Rossini’s Semiramide as well as role debuts in two Mozart operas at San Francisco Opera: Pamina in Jun Kaneko’s production of The Magic Flute and Zerlina in Jacopo Spirei’s production of Don Giovanni. Additional highlights include singing Adina in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore at Opera Philadelphia, Leila in Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers at Tulsa Opera, and Barbarina and the cover role of Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro at the Glyndebourne Festival and the BBC Proms in London’s Royal Albert Hall.