American soprano Sara Heaton, noted for her “gleaming lyricism” by Opera News Online and her “sweet, pure soprano” by the Chicago Tribune, is gaining recognition as a sensitive performer of both opera standards and new works. This season, Sara won first prize in the Marie Kraja international singing competition in Albania. She had her American Opera Projects debut in Numinous City by Pete Wyer, and sang her first Nedda in Pagliacci with Symphony Pro Musica. Sara returned to Chicago Opera Theater to sing Lidochka in Shostakovich’s Moscow, Cheryomushki, and this summer covers Leila in The Pearl Fishers as a second-year Apprentice Artist with The Santa Fe Opera.
Sara had her professional debut as Despina in Così fan tutte with Boston Baroque. She has sung with Boston Lyric Opera, the American Repertory Theater, Opera Boston, Central City Opera, Boston Midsummer Opera, Opera Providence, Opera North, and the New Philharmonia Orchestra. In the 2010-2011 season, Sara received critical acclaim for her performance of Miranda in the US premiere of Tod Machover’s Death and the Powers, praised for her “daunting power and agility in the stratospheric notes of her final scene,” and was singled out as giving “the finest performance of the evening.” With Santa Fe Opera, she was hailed “a standout” for her performance of Gilda in the apprentice scenes program.
Sara has received the Richard F. Gold Career Grant from the Shoshana Foundation, was a regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera competition, and a finalist in the Giulio Gari Competition. She won 2nd place in the Young Patronesses of the Opera Competition, received an Encouragement Grant from the Schuyler Foundation for Career Bridges, and was a semi-finalist in the Competizione dell’Opera in Germany. She holds a Masters of Music degree from Boston University and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania.