Sara Schabas

Sara Schabas

Soprano

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«...soprano Sara Schabas, who had wowed the crowd - both live and those watching and listening live on The New Classical FM - with her crystalline singing of a snippet of Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier.»
«Adrianne Pieczonka picked one singer... soprano Sara Schabas, who sang a lovely excerpt from Der Rosenkavalier. ... Schabas, possessing a lovely soubrette with a pure sound, not just sang it beautifully, but she looks like Sophie as well — brava!»
«Another highlight of Bandits lies in Schabas’ portrayal of Henri. Her ability to flip from a comedic dislike... to sorrow.. is impressive; and her voice maintains a clear, soft tone despite her vocal power.»
2017Mozart: Die ZauberflötePamina
2016Strauss R.: Der RosenkavalierSophie
2015Gounod: Roméo Et JulietteJuliette
2015Rossini: Il Viaggio a ReimsCorinna
2014Mozart: Die ZauberflötePapagena
2013Puccini: Gianni SchicchiLauretta
2012Mozart: Le Nozze Di FigaroSusanna

Bio


Canadian soprano Sara Schabas’ performances have been hailed as “impressive” (Opera Canada), “haunting and nuanced” (Mooney On Theatre) and “beautifully sung and a treat to watch” (Schmopera).
In an exciting start to the 2018/2019 season, Sara was named district winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and will compete in the Central Region's finals in Chicago in January. She was chosen to participate in the International Resource Centre for the Performing Arts' Encounter with Adrianne Pieczonka, culminating in New Singing Stars - a Live From ZoomerHall TV and radio broadcast on ClassicalFM. Through this experience, Sara was awarded the Lois Marshall Scholarship and was selected by Ms. Pieczonka to win the organization's coveted Career Bridges Prize, through which she will travel to New York City for new recordings, headshots, consultations and coachings. 
"A young vocal virtuoso." 
- David Jaeger, The Whole Note​
This season, Sara also returns to the Stratford Summer Music Festival for the festival's Gala Finale concert, singing arias and duets with Krisztina Szabo, Adam Luther, Philip Addis and Drew Santini. She debuts with the Oakville Masterworks as soprano soloist in John Rutter's Requiem, and portrays Anne Frank in the world premiere of Singing Only Softly, a new composition by Cecilia Livingston based on previously redacted and censored portions of the famous diary, presented by Loose Tea Music Theatre. ​
"Another highlight of Bandits lies in Schabas’ portrayal... Her ability to flip from a comedic dislike of George Taylor—apparent in every “ugh” she mutters after he speaks—to sorrow, stemming from the unrequited love she feels for Lily, is impressive; and her voice maintains a clear, soft tone despite her vocal power."- Isabella Perrone, Opera Canada Magazine​
In a busy 2017/2018 season, Ms. Schabas made her debut with Tapestry Opera as Henri in Bandits in the Valley, receiving Broadway World Torontonominations for Best Leading Actress (Musical-Equity) and Best Performance by a Female in a Leading Role (Musical-Equity) as well as Dora Awardnomination for Best Ensemble Performance (Opera). She starred as Krystyna Zywulska in the Canadian premieres of Jake Heggie’s Another Sunrise and Farewell, Auschwitz, and was invited to give a recital in the Canadian Opera Company’s Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre.
"A tour de force!"- Jake Heggie, composer
Ms. Schabas’ roles have included Juliette (Roméo et Juliette) and Candace (William Bolcom’s A Wedding) at the Aspen Music Festival, Papagena/Pamina cover (Die Zauberflöte) and Sister Catherine (Dead Man Walking)  with the Dayton Opera where she served as artist-in-residence, Marzelline (Fidelio), Corinna (Il viaggio a Reims) and Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi). An accomplished concert artist, she has sung as soloist in Handel’s Messiah (Mississauga Symphony, Oakville Choral Society, Dayton Philharmonic), Mahler’s Fourth Symphony (Castleton Festival under Maestro Lorin Maazel), Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem (Hart House Chorus, Church of the Redeemer), Vivaldi’s a in Mundo Pax Sincera (Oakville Chamber Orchestra), and in a series of world premieres withSoundstreams’ 21C Festival.
"Artist-in-Residence Sara Schabas hid her daring self in an old crone's costume. When revealed in the final moments, she proved to be youth and beauty personified."
- Burt Saidel, Oakwood Register (Ohio)​
Ms. Schabas has held fellowships at the Aspen Music Festival, Castleton Festival, Toronto Summer Music Festival and most recently, Stephanie Blythe’s Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar. She graduated with honours from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music (BMus. 2012), where she received the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto Centennial Scholarship and the Canadian Women’s Art Association Scholarship and studied with Jean MacPhail, and Roosevelt University (MMus. 2014) where she studied with Judith Haddon under the Siragusa Scholarship. She has received awards from the Canadian Music Competition, the Orpheus Vocal Competition, and the International Resource Centre for the Performing Arts. She is a native of Toronto, where she also enjoys writing features articles for Opera Canada and Ludwig Van Toronto.
"Carmen's partners-in-crime Frasquita (soprano Sara Schabas) and Mercédès (mezzo-soprano Deanna Pauletto) were beautifully sung and a treat to watch - it really made me wish Bizet had written more music for them."
 
- Gregory Finney, Schmopera.com​
Also dedicated to giving back to her community through music, Schabas has sung with the charities Sharing Notes, where she performed for people in Chicago Hospitals, Songs by Heart, where she sang daily in nursing homes with people with alzheimer's and dementia, and has volunteered extensively at Baycrest Hospital in Toronto. When she's not singing, Sara is an avid writer, biker, watercolour painter, traveler, baker, cook and amateur and enthusiastic ballet dancer.

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Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Beethoven: Fidelio Marta 1 week Toronto, Ontario 2018
Bizet: Carmen Frasquita Immediately Toronto, Ontario 2018
Bizet: Le Docteur Miracle Laurette 1 week Chicago College of Performing Arts 2018
Mozart: Die Zauberflöte Pamina 24 hours Dayton Opera 2017
Strauss R.: Der Rosenkavalier Sophie 1 week Aspen Music Festival And School 2016