Meet the Artists: Sara Heaton (understudy for Miranda)

Sara Heaton

Soprano Sara Heaton is a semi-finalist in this year’s Competizione dell’opera in Dresden, was a finalist in the 2010 Giulio Gari competition, and a regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera competition in 2008.  She had her professional opera debut as Despina in Così fan tutte with the Boston Baroque orchestra, led by conductor Martin Pearlman.  She was also a soloist with Boston Baroque in Purcell’s King Arthur, for which critics praised her “elegantly restrained version of Act V’s famous ‘Fairest Isle’ song.”  With Opera Boston, she gave “a lovely vocal performance” as the “sexy” and “alluring” gypsy Esmeralda in The Bartered Bride, Gil Rose conducting.  On the Boston Lyric Opera stage, Sara was seen as a Woodsprite in Rusalka, and later that year gave a winning performance as Despina in Boston Midsummer Opera’s updated production of Così.  For her performance in Die Fledermaus with Opera Providence, critics claimed Sara “was terrific as the devious chamber maid Adele.  Her famed ‘Laughing Song’ was right on the money.”

Sara received the prestigious Richard F. Gold Career Grant from the Shoshana Foundation which honors promising young singers.  As an Apprentice Artist at Central City Opera, Sara was the understudy for Maria in West Side Story, and also had the privilege to sing the roles of Madeline and Isabel in Face on the Barroom Floor in the real-life setting of the opera by Henry Mollicone.  She was the understudy for the title role in Handel’s Semele with Boston Baroque, for Amenaide in Tancredi with Opera Boston, and was a young artist with Opera North.  Currently, Sara is the understudy for Miranda in the Monaco world premiere of Death and the Powers by Tod Machover.  She received highest honors for undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania and Boston University, respectively.  Sara splits her time between Boston, where she grew up, and New York, where she continues vocal studies with Michael Paul.

Management: Encompass Arts
119 West 72nd St., New York, NY 10023. Tel 212-439-8055

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