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Samuel Barber’s Knoxville, Summer of 1915 – HAWC Benefit Concert, 2018 (full version here)
Soprano Sarah Tucker is demanding attention for her captivating vocal timbre and engaging stage presence, praised by Opera News for “impeccable pitch and phrasing,” and by San Diego Story for her “…gleaming high notes and powerful phrasing, [bringing] ferocious applause from the Civic Theatre audience.”
This season, Sarah sees several company debuts: as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with Pensacola Opera, Mimi in La Bohème with Gulf Shore Opera, and reprising Tatyana in Eugene Onegin for Houston’s Opera in the Heights.
In March of last year, after Sarah made her San Diego Opera debut as Micaëla in Carmen, glowing opening night reviews included this one:
“While attending an opera, critics usually refrain from public displays of displeasure or extreme enthusiasm — a somewhat silly unwritten code, I suppose, to enhance our imagined mystique or to keep from influencing other ‘civilian’ opera-goers. We are to remain impassive. But I could not resist shouting ‘brava’ after hearing soprano Sarah Tucker perform Micaëla’s third act aria, ‘Je dis que rien ne m’épouvante’, a part of the opera I usually detest. It’s saccharine and slows down the action during a long evening. Indeed, I have often wished for the total excision of that usually dreary character from the opera. But if Sarah Tucker is singing it, every note is something special. She has one of the loveliest soprano voices I have heard in years and she brings great depth of feeling to a part that is so often tedious.”
— David Gregson, Opera West
Also in April of last year, Sarah became Tatyana for Intermountain Opera’s first mounting of Tchaikovsky’s most famous opera, Eugene Onegin.
Sarah’s recent concert engagements include soloist appearances in Rutter’s Magnificat, Villalobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5, and Johannes Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes returning to the New York City Ballet in Lincoln Center, after having performed as soprano soloist in Stravinsky’s Les Noces the previous year.
In 2018, Ms. Tucker made her Dallas Opera debut as Frasquita in Carmen, and sang the role of Echo in Ariadne auf Naxos at Santa Fe Opera, returning as as a second-year apprentice. Earlier that season, Sarah made her international debut as Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi with the Seiji Ozawa Music Academy in Japan.
In 2017, Ms. Tucker made her Opera Philadelphia debut, where she sang the role of First Memory in Lembit Beecher’s War Stories: I Have No Stories To Tell You, which she first premiered with Gotham Chamber Opera at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
In 2016, Sarah made her San Francisco Opera debut as Jano in Jenufa, and her Utah Opera debut later that fall as Micaëla in Carmen, which had already become one of her most popular roles.
The 2015-16 season with Arizona Opera included several role debuts for Ms. Tucker as Micaëla in Carmen, Rosalba in Florencia en el Amazonas, and Zerlina in Don Giovanni as a member of the Arizona Opera Studio.
Ms. Tucker was a National Semifinalist in the 2014 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.