Emerging Artist Profile:
Sarah Kaye Klapman



Young Artist Program - Singer
Voice Type: Mezzo-soprano
Province/Territory: Ontario
City: Toronto

Role(s) in this year's festival:

Mrs. Demers: City Workers in Love

Cinderella's Stepmother: Into the Woods

Cinderella's Mother/Giant: Into the Woods

The Baker's Wife (Cover): Into the Woods

Chorus: The Arctic Flute


How are you preparing for NUOVA's programs?

  • I'm excited to be taking on four full roles and one cover in this year's program, but it means that I have lots of learning to do! I'm finishing up my graduating recital, and then it's time to hit the practice rooms. I also went out and bought myself dance shoes for the first time in years - I'm excited to use those! And I've been looking at cycling maps of Edmonton: I love to bike, and having a river to ride alongside sounds like a great time.

 

What attracts you to NUOVA's programs? Why this year?

  • A friend of mine participated in the Emerging Artist program last year and loved it, so when I was applying to opera programs this year NUOVA was high on my list! I've never spent time in Alberta, and I'm looking forward to meeting tons of new people. Everyone I talks to tells me that the teaching is excellent, too, which is great - I'm looking at applying to a Master's program next year, so the more prepared I can be, the better!

Artist Bio     

 

 o   Education: Finishing my Bachelor of Music in Voice in May, 2018.

 o  Awards:

  • Bragg Women Music Opportunities Fund Award, 2018
  • Canadian Federation of Music Teachers’ Associations National Essay Competition (second place, undergraduate category), 2017
  • Isabel (Munro) Pace Scholarship, 2017-2018
  • Music Faculty Scholarship, 2017-2018
  • Marjorie Young Bell Scholarship, Mount Allison, 2014-2018
  • Gladys Muttart Scholarship, Mount Allison, 2014/2015
  • Mount Allison Entrance Scholarship, Mount Allison, 2014/2015
  • Anniversary Scholarship, St. Andrew’s Church, Toronto, 2014-2015
  • Dean's List, 2014-2018

Experience/Roles:

  • Mount Allison Opera Workshop, 2017/2018: arias, duets and trios from "The Old Maid and the Theif" (Menotti), "L'incoronazione di Poppea" (Monteverdi), "Alcina" (Handel), "La clemenza di Tito" (Mozart)
  • Jeunesses Musicales New Brunswick: "Our Best" Emerging Artists Tour, 2018
  • Halifax Summer Opera Festival, 2017: Florence Pike in "Albert Herring" (Britten)
  • Garnet and Gold Musical Theatre Society, 2017: Judge/Store Manager/Soprano 2 Ringer in "Legally Blonde"
  • Windsor Theatre, 2015: Ms. Krumholtz, "How to Succeed in Business (Without Really Trying)"

Mentors/Inspirations:

My mum is the person who got me into classical music, and my dad is the one who started me on jazz. Together, the two of them gave me a musical upbringing that I'll always be grateful for! They inspire me to be a better musician and a better human being.

Dream Role(s):

I would LOVE to play Handel pants roles for the rest of my life. If all the countertenors of the world could just take a nice long holiday, that would be great, thanks. Otherwise, Charlotte in "Werther" is a dream role, and I really enjoy some of the newer American operas. Kitty in "Doctor Atomic", maybe Meg - or Jo! -  in "Little Women". Strong male roles are everywhere, but it takes some looking to find strong women!

Upcoming Engagements:

  • Halifax Summer Opera Festival, upcoming August 2018: Arnalta in "L'incoronazione di Poppea" (Monteverdi)