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Born and raised in Toronto, Sara Schabas has performed as a soloist across North America and Europe. She is currently a member of Barbara Hannigan's Equilibrium Young Artists, and performs a mixture of standard operatic repertoire as well as contemporary and baroque. She recently premiered the title role in Maxime Goulet’s The Flight of the Hummingbird with Pacific Opera Victoria and Vancouver Opera, returning the following season to sing as the Dormouse in POV’s filmed production of Elizabeth Raum’s The Garden of Alice. 

 

Sara began her career singing Papagena (Die Zauberflöte) with the Dayton Opera in Ohio and Juliette (Roméo et Juliette) with the Aspen Opera Theatre as well as Mahler's Fourth Symphony under the baton of the late Maestro Lorin Maazel. She has been a district winner at the Metropolitan Opera Laffont Competition, Canada's Eckhardt-Grammaté Competition, the Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques, the IRCPA's Singing Stars of Tomorrow and was recently nominated for the Dora Award for Outstanding Performance by an Individual for her performance of Anne Frank in Cecilia Livingston's Singing Only Softly.

 

Sara recently worked with Vienna’s Concentus Musicus after moving to Vienna as a grant winner with the Hnatyshyn Foundation and gave a recital in the Zürich Opera House’s Spiegelsaal with Canadian pianist Marie-Ève Scarfone. She performed as Henri in Tapestry Opera’s Dora-nominated production of Bandits in the Valley and recorded her debut album with Red Shift Records of Amy Brandon's The Bond, with funding from the Canada Council for the Arts. As a soloist, she has performed with orchestras including the Dayton Philharmonic, Oakville Chamber Symphony, the Missisauga Symphony, Thirteen Strings, the Rockford Symphony Orchestra and the Bach-Elgar Choir. Her operatic repertoire includes Susanna, Lauretta, Corinna (Il viaggio a Reims), Anne Truelove, Juliette, Pamina, Gretel, and numerous other roles.

This season, Sara sings Musetta in La bohème with the Institut Canadien d'Art Vocal with the Orchestre Classique de Montréal conducted by Victorien Vanoosten and staged by Francois Racine, under the leadership of Nicole Car and Étienne Dupuis. She gives a recital in the Canadian Opera Company’s Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, including the Canadian premiere of Pulitzer-nominated composer Alex Weiser's in a dark blue night, and debuts with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and the Grand Philharmonic Choir as the soloist in James Whitbourn’s Annelies.

 

Sara holds degrees from the University of Toronto (Hon. Voice Perf., Eng. Literature Minor) and Roosevelt University (M.Mus., Siragusa Endowed Scholarship) with additional studies at Vienna’s Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst with support from the Hnatyshyn Foundation of Canada. She is a certified yoga teacher and a founding board member of the charity Sharing Notes, which brings free musical performances to hospitals and prisons. She is currently pursuing doctoral studies at McGill University researching the Austrian-Canadian mezzo-soprano. Emmy Heim She is the new editor of Art Song Canada e-magazine, writes for the classical music newsletter Ludwig Van among other publications (read some of her writings here!) and is fluent in English, German and French.

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UPCOMING Events

  • Jonathan Dove's The Walk from the Garden
    Jonathan Dove's The Walk from the Garden
    Fri, Mar 22
    Winnipeg
    Mar 22, 2024, 7:00 p.m. – Mar 24, 2024, 7:00 p.m.
    Winnipeg, Winnipeg, MB, Canada
    Sara sings Eve in the Canadian premiere of Jonathan Dove's The Walk from the Garden with the Little Opera Company of Winnipeg, directed by Rob Herriot March 22nd, 23rd and 24th.
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Opera Repertoire:

Beethoven:

Marzelline (Fidelio)

Berg:

Lulu (Lulu) 

Bizet:

Laurette (Le docteur miracle)

Frasquita, Micaela (Carmen)

Bolcom:

Candace (A Wedding)

Dove:

Eve (The Walk from the Garden)

Goulet:

The Hummingbird (The Flight of the Hummingbird)

Gounod:

Juliette (Roméo et Juliette)

Handel: 

Morgana (Alcina)

Ginevra (Ariodante)

Heggie:

Krysztyna (Out of Darkness)

Sister Catherine (Dead Man Walking)

Livingston:

Anne Frank (Singing Only Softly)

Mozart:

Pamina, Papagena (Die Zauberflöte)

Ilia, Elettra (Idomeneo)

Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro)

Zerlina, Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni)

Puccini:

Lauretta (Gianni Schicci)

Genovieffa (Suor Angelica)

Musetta (La bohème)

Purcell:

Belinda, First Witch (Dido und Aeneas)

Raum:

Dormouse (The Garden of Alice)

Rossini:

Corinna (Il viaggio a Reims)

Richard Strauss:

Najade (Ariadne auf Naxos)

Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier)

Zdenka (Arabella)

Stravinsky:

Anne Truelove (The Rake’s Progress)

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Concert Repertoire:

Bach:

Kantaten BWV 1, 11, 23, 29, 70, 105, 106 

Johannespassion

Barber:

Knoxville: Summer of 1915

Berg:

Sieben Frühe Lieder

Britten:

Les Illuminations

Brahms:

Ein Deutsches Requiem

Liebeslieder Wälzer

Handel: 

Messiah

Chandos Anthems

Mahler:

Symphony No. 4

Rückert Lieder

Des Knaben Wunderhorn

Mozart:

Mass in C Minor

Laudate Dominum

Poulenc:

Gloria

Schubert:

The Shepherd on the Rock

Stravinsky:

Three Japanese Lyrics

Two Poems of Konstantin Balmont

Weiser:

in a dark blue night

Whitbourn:

Annelies

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