Sarah Shafer

A native of State College, Pennsylvania, soprano Sarah Shafer made her San Francisco Opera debut as Mary Lennox in the 2013 world premiere of The Secret Garden, presented at UC Berkeley's Zellerbach Hall. Shafer made her professional operatic debut in the role of Barbarina and covered the role of Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro at the Glyndebourne Festival and at the BBC Proms in London’s Royal Albert Hall. This season she will make her American debut with Opera Memphis as Adina (L'Elisir d'Amore) and with Opera Company of Philadelphia as Papagena (Die Zauberflöte). Shafer’s credits with Curtis Opera Theatre include Giulietta (I Capuleti e i Montecchi), Elizabeth Zimmer (Elegy for Young Lovers), Ilia (Idomeneo), Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Sofia (Il Signor Bruschino), and Mélisande (Impressions of Pelléas). This season at Curtis, she will sing the roles of Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) and Almirena (Rinaldo). On the concert stage, the soprano was recently heard as Sophie in Strauss's Suite from Der Rosenkavalier with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra. Other recently performed works include Mozart's Mass in C Minor and Requiem, Handel's Messiah and Dixit Dominus, Vaughan Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem, and Mahler's Fourth Symphony. Shafer has spent two summers as a resident artist at the Marlboro Music Festival, where she worked with legendary pianist Richard Goode; she appeared in a solo recital with Goode in 2012 in Philadelphia.