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 as a ChorWorks 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. Ms. Richards also frequently performs newly composed works including Glenn Rudolph’s “Children of the Seraphim” and appearing in virtual ensembles for zFestival Arts 2020, where she sang Lily Desmond’s edgy What is There to Do? Her operatic roles include La Musica in L’Orfeo and Amore/Damigella in L/incoronazione di Poppea by Claudio Monteverdi 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 Mrs. Pinkerton in The Old Man and the Thief by 20th century composer Gian Carlo Menotti.
She also promotes the performance of sacred Baroque music as one of the founding members of the vocal trio Halcyon Voices. A Pittsburgh native, Ms. Richards studied with Steven Rickards and Dana Marsh at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, where she earned he Master’s Degree in Early Music Voice.
You can find Sarah’s 2022 17th Century Music Competition vocal performance here.