Sarah Asmar, soprano
Dynamic soprano Sarah Asmar was hailed for “her radiant and robust singing” by The Washington Post and given praise for “her crystalline soprano” by The Minneapolis Star Tribune. This season, Ms. Asmar made her debut with OperaDelaware in Faccio’s rarely performed Amleto in which her mad scene was described as “a highlight of both performance and stagecraft” by Delaware Online. In the upcoming season, she will sing Gilda in Rigoletto with Baltimore Concert Opera and return to Opera Southwest for their New Year’s Eve Gala.
During the 2014-2015 seasons, Ms. Asmar appeared as Musetta in La Bohème in which she “sails through the second act in coquettish high spirits” (Albuquerque Journal). Additionally, she debuted with Hawaii Opera Theatre as Yum-Yum in The Mikado. Her Adina in L’elisir d’amore with Berks Opera Company was described as “silvery, pristine, flexible and pitch-perfect” by the Reading Eagle.
Her 2012-2013 season included an appearance with Opera Southwest as Desdemona in Rossini’s Otello, where the famous Willow Song was described as “the musical highlight of the opera” by the Albuquerque Journal. Earlier that year, Ms. Asmar joined Sarasota Opera as Frasquita in Carmen for which Albert H. Cohen said her “gorgeous soprano soared above the others.” While in Sarasota for the season, she covered the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor and sang excerpts from Fidelio in a concert honoring Maestro Victor DeRenzi’s 30 years with the company.
In 2011, YourObserver said of her Zerlina that “her clear, well-produced soprano balanced charmingly with her excellent understanding of her role...” in Don Giovanni with Sarasota Opera. At the close of the opera season, she was awarded the Bradenton Opera Guild’s Helen Jepson Dellera Fellowship Award. Previous seasons have included operatic performances with Opera Idaho as Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, Boston Lyric Opera New England and Opera North as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Skylark Opera as Emily in Rorem’s Our Town, and Boston Lyric Opera as Crobyle in Thaïs. Ms. Asmar has appeared on the stages of Ohio Light Opera, Opera Boston, and Boston University Opera Institute.
On the concert stage, Ms. Asmar is honored to have collaborated with composer Richard Wargo for a presentation of From the Bards of Ireland, a program of Irish inspired music. She has appeared with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra in Mendelssohn’s Symphony #2 and with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra in Handel’s Messiah. The soprano joined Opera Theatre of Connecticut for performances at the Sanibel Music Festival and has been a featured recitalist for the Upper Ohio Valley Opera Guild.
In 2008, she was a New England Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and was awarded First Prize and the Roger Wertenberger Audience Choice Award in the 2006 Harold Haugh Light Opera Vocal Competition. Ms. Asmar began her musical studies as a violinist. She holds both a Bachelor of Music in violin performance and a Master of Music in voice from Boston University.