Voice Type: Soprano
Role(s) in this year's festival:
Queen of the Night: The Arctic Flute
Previous NUOVA Roles:
2016 Casilda: "The Gondoliers"
How are you preparing for NUOVA’s program?
- I have been preparing for NUOVA by studying my score meticulously and getting more and more excited to sing the Queen of the Night. This music is my absolute dream so it’s been so rewarding to look at this character as a whole and begin the process of understanding who she is. I have also been preparing my art song and arias for the wonderful opportunities NUOVA provides.
What attracts you to NUOVA’s programs? Why this year?
- I am so excited to be participating in NUOVA this summer. I have performed half of the Queen before, but this will be my first time performing the entirety of the role. I couldn’t be more excited to work with the amazing production team lined up here at NUOVA this summer. The faculty that are coming on board for this opera are people who I have dreamed about working with. That is one thing that I absolutely love about NUOVA: they always bring on such amazingly talented faculty. This will be my second time at NUOVA and I am so grateful to have been given this opportunity.
Sarah Amelard, soprano, holds her Masters degree in Opera Performance from the University of Toronto (UofT). She is currently studying under Canadian soprano Lorna MacDonald. Sarah has performed through school and within the Greater Toronto Area.
Sarah completed her Opera Diploma at Wilfrid Laurier University in April 2016 and graduated with her Honors BMus in Voice Performance (minor in Religion and Cultural Studies) in 2015.
At UofT Opera School, Sarah performed the roles of Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Rosmene in Handel’s Imeneo, Cupidon in Offenbach’s Orphée aux enfers, and Maria Callas in the student composed premiere performance of Prima Zombie. Previous roles performed include her first outing as a wolf—Mahigan, in Opera Laurier’s production of Canadian composer-librettist team Spy Denommé-Welch and Catherine Magowan’s Giiwedin in 2014— as well as Nella in Gianni Schicchi, Fire in L’enfant et les sortileges in 2015 and the sharp-eared Vixen in Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen in 2016. Excerpt roles performed include Adele (Die Fledermaus), Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel) and Tytania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream). Other operatic performances include the role of Casilda in Opera NUOVA’s Gilbert and Sullivan’s the Gondoliers (summer 2016) and Il Destino in the Center for Opera Studies in Italy program’s production of Cavalli’s La Calisto (summer 2015).
Professional performances include soprano soloist at the Snowball Gala, an annual fundraiser gala in Stouffville Ontario in 2017 and 2016, a chorus member in Against the Grain Theatre’s La Bohemé in 2017 and the soprano soloist in Babel, a Choral Symphony by Stephanie Martin in 2016.