Moving effortlessly from Renaissance and Baroque classics to contemporary opera and “new music,” soprano Sarah Richards demonstrates an enviable command of multiple periods and genres.
She has recently performed the role of Un Bergère in Brooklyn Telemann Chamber Society’s film production of Rameau’s Phèdre: Hippolyte et Aricie set to release in January 2024 and Young Artist at Duke Chapel under the direction of Dr. Philip Cave, as well as the soprano soloist in Fauré’s Requiem in D Minor and Pergolesi’s challenging Stabat Mater. This summer, Ms. Richards will play the roles of Drusilla/Virtù/Liberto in Claudio Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea at Miami Beach Classical Music Festival as well as perform André Campra’s cantata Enée et Didon at Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival’s Virginia Baroque Academy. Ms. Richards also frequently performs newly composed works including Glenn Rudolph’s Children of the Seraphim and is a professional core member of the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh. Other operatic roles include La Musica in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo and Amore/Damigella in another production of L’incoronazione di Poppea under the direction of Avi Stein and Sigrid T’Hooft. She has also sung the roles of Aldimira in Franceso Cavalli’s L’Erismena at Amherst Early Music Festival under the direction of Julianne Baird and Richard Stone and Euridice in a concert version of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice at East End Song Studio.
She also promotes the performance of sacred Baroque music as one of the founding members of the vocal trio Halcyon Voices. Based currently in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, Ms. Richards studied with Steven Rickards and Dana Marsh at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, where she earned her Master’s Degree in Early Music Voice.