(State College, Pennsylvania)
2016–17 Season: Zerlina in Don Giovanni
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, and she created the role of Rosetta in the 2015 world premiere of Tutino’s Two Women. Last fall, she was Pamina in the Company's The Magic Flute. Career highlights include Barbarina (Le Nozze di Figaro) at the Glyndebourne Festival and at the BBC Proms in London’s Royal Albert Hall; Adina (L’Elisir d’Amore) with Opera Memphis; and Papagena (Die Zauberflöte) with Opera Philadelphia. Shafer’s credits with Philadelphia’s 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), Mélisande (Impressions of Pelléas), Pamina, and Almirena (Rinaldo). On the concert stage, Shafer has appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Mexico, the Wrocław Symphony Orchestra (Poland), the Louisiana Philharmonic, Iowa’s Quad City Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and the New York Choral Society. Shafer has been a resident artist at Vermont’s Marlboro Music Festival, where she worked with pianist Richard Goode; she appeared in a solo recital with Goode in 2012 in Philadelphia.