Sarah Shafer

(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 Nolan Gasser’s The Secret Garden, presented at UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall, and she created the role of Rosetta in the 2015 world premiere of Marco Tutino’s Two Women. That same year, she also sang Pamina in the Company's The Magic Flute. Other highlights of recent seasons include Leïla in The Pearl Fishers at Tulsa Opera, Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore at Opera Philadelphia, Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro at the Glyndebourne Festival and the BBC Proms in London’s Royal Albert Hall, and Nuria in Osvaldo Golijov’s Ainadamar. On the concert stage, Shafer has appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Omaha Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and the New York Choral Society, and she enjoys an active collaboration with pianist Richard Goode. Next season sees Shafer’s Metropolitan Opera debut as Azema in Semiramide.