Sara Jakubiak
New Encouragement Award, 2007

Now a member of the ensemble at Oper Frankfurt, Sara Jakubiak began the 2014–15 season as Alice Ford in Falstaff and will also appear as Prima Donna/Ariadne in Ariadne auf Naxos, Marta in Mieczysław Weinberg’s Die Passagierin, and The Goose Girl in Humperdinck’s Königskinder. Last season Sara made role and company debuts as Elsa in Lohengrin at Opera Graz and Polina in Prokofiev’s The Gambler at the Dutch National Opera. In concert, she made her Israel Philharmonic debut as Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, reprised The Governess in The Turn of the Screw with the St. Paul’s Chamber Orchestra, appeared as Lady Marigold Sandys in Hanson’s Merry Mount with the Rochester Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall, joined the Colorado Symphony for Mozart opera and concert arias, and sang Emma in Schubert’s Fierrabras at Bard Music Festival.


Originally from Bay City, Michigan, Sara attended Aquinas College in Grand Rapids and holds master’s degrees from both Yale University and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Early roles included Mimì in La bohème, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Varvara in Kat’a Kabanova, and Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Yale Opera,and the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro and Blanche in Dialogues des Carmélites with the Cleveland Institute. The soprano was a Studio Artist with Central City Opera (2004) and an Apprentice Artist at Santa Fe Opera (2007), where she covered Mimì and the title role in Strauss's Daphne, and performed the title roles in both Jenůfa and Rusalka in opera scenes; she was also the recipient of their Judith Raskin Memorial Award. Other early operatic highlights included the roles of Giorgetta in Il tabarro with the Orchestra Sinfonica Giuseppe Verdi in Milan, her debut with Chicago Opera Theater as Beatrice in Heggie’s Three Decembers, Mimì with Syracuse Opera and Tulsa Opera, Donna Elvira with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, Countess Almaviva with both the Seoul Arts Center in Korea and the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, and Schumann’s “Scenes from Goethe’s Faust” with the American Symphony Orchestra.


In the 2010-2011 season Sara made debuts with New York City Opera as Dede in Bernstein's A Quiet Place and with Minnesota Opera as Catherine Earnshaw in Herrmann's Wuthering Heights. The following season the soprano returned to New York City Opera as Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte and joined Virginia Opera as Eurydice in Glass' Orphée, sang Fiora in a concert version of Montemezzi's L'amore dei tre re with the Polish Radio Orchestra, Warsaw, and appeared as Elvira in The Italian Girl in Algiers with Boston Midsummer Opera and as the Governess in The Turn of the Screw with Central City Opera. In the 2012-2013 season, Sara’s sang Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus at Semperoper Dresden, made her debut at English National Opera as Marie in Wozzeck, and performed in Penderecki’s “Polish  Requiem” with the Orquesta Sinfónica de la Juventud Venezolana in Caracas with the composer conducting. She returned to New York City Opera as the Governess in The Turn of the Screw and joined the roster of Chicago Lyric Opera to cover Mimì.



Sara is represented by Barrett Vantage Artists.



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