Sara Duchovnay, soprano
Praised by Opera News for "the agility with which she negotiated her beautiful upper register", soprano Sara Duchovnay continues to garner critical acclaim for her performances across the country.
Sara recently made her role debut as Jemmy in Guillaume Tell with the Southern Illinois Music Festival, appeared as Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire with Opera San Jose, as Zerlina in Don Giovanni with Opera Santa Barbara, as Della in David Conte’s The Gift of the Magi with Hidden Valley Opera Ensemble, and as Rosina in Paisiello’s Il barbiere di Siviglia with West Edge Opera.
In the Spring of 2015 Sara originated the role of Dorothea in Allen Shearer’s opera Middlemarch in Spring with Composers Inc., where she was applauded by the San Francisco Chronicle for her “precision and expressive grace”. She reprised the role of Dorothea in March of 2017 with Charlottesville Opera (formerly known as Ash Lawn Opera). Other notable performance highlights include her role debuts as Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos with Pacific Opera Project, and Nannetta in Falstaff with Opera San Jose; and the role of Soprano 1 in West Edge Opera’s production of Philip Glass’s and Allen Ginsberg’s Hydrogen Jukebox.
Equally at home on the concert stage, Sara has been a featured soloist in Haydn’s Harmoniemesse with the Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra; the Sweet Prospect concert with the Nash Baroque Ensemble; and Bach’s Magnificat, Vivaldi’s Gloria, and the Mozart in Salzburg concert with the San Francisco Bach Choir; and as a soloist with Lyric Fest in Philadelphia in the world premiere of Logan Skelton's "Letters to Santa".
Additionally, Sara has appeared as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro with Pacific Opera Project; as Musetta in La bohème with Hidden Valley Opera Ensemble; as Naiad in Ariadne auf Naxos with Festival Opera; in the title role in Handel’s Alcina, as Poppea in Handel’sAgrippina, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, and Madame Herz in Der Schauspieldirektor, the Fire and the Princess in L'enfant et les sortilèges, Euridice in Orpheus in the Underworld, and Valencienne in The Merry Widow; as well as covered the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor with the Southern Illinois Music Festival, and the role of Nannetta in Falstaff with Opera Santa Barbara.
A native of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, Sara holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the Hartt School of Music and a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She was a previous studio artist at Opera Santa Barbara as well as an artist in residence at Opera Saratoga.
Sara is also a co-owner Shoperatic.com, a peer-to-peer marketplace and community for female opera singers, which is taking the industry by storm and fostering a supportive culture of female empowerment, entrepreneurialism, and body-acceptance within the operatic community.