Sarah Saturnino was born in Ridgecrest California in 1993. She is the second of four children and the only girl. When she was two months old her family moved to St. Louis, Missouri, where she learned to love the arts at a young age. She studied ballet for a short time with the St. Louis Ballet Company. After a move back to California in 2004, Sarah continued to pursue the arts and performed in leading roles in school plays during the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades when she decided that she could not live without performing.
In high school Sarah focused on singing and participated in the young adult choir at St. Patrick’s Church in her home town as well as taking private voice lessons with local teacher Dorla Menmuir. She also began competing in local vocal competitions throughout her home town in the Grass Valley area. Sarah sang in the Nevada Union Choir and by the time she graduated in 2012 she had sung with the Bel Canto, Women’s Ensemble, Concert Choir and Chamber Choirs. In the spring of 2011 Sarah toured with the Nevada Union High School Concert and Chamber Choirs in Greece and sang in many great venues.
In her Senior year of high school, Sarah worked with Dr. Robin Fisher, a vocal professor at CSU Sacramento, who encouraged her to compete in the Classical Singer Competition. After making it to the semi-finals in Chicago, Sarah met her current vocal teacher Juliana Gondek and was invited to join Juliana’s studio in the 2012-2013 academic year.
While at UCLA, Sarah was encouraged by her professors and began to thrive under the direction of Ms. Gondek, Peter Kazaras, and Rakefet Hak. She has performed in many of Opera UCLA’s productions, both with leading roles and in the chorus. Some of her roles included the Patre in Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortileges, the Sister-in-Law in a staged version of Handel’s oratorio L’Allegro, Il Penseroso, ed Il Moderato, and as Jenny in Weill’s Down in the Valley. Sarah has also worked as a Gluck Foundation Fellow focusing on music outreach in the greater Los Angeles area for inner-city schools and retirement homes.
Sarah has performed with the Miami Summer Music Festival in the principle role of Le Prince Charmant in Massenet’s Cendrillon. She has sung in a "Christmas in July" concert of Handel's Messiah with the Wintergreen Performing Arts Festival as well as multiple concerts in Tuscany, Italy with Bel Canto in Tuscany. Most recently, Sarah was a studio artist with The Chautauqua Opera Company where she covered Paquette in Candide.
Sarah has worked with many talented singers, teacher, coaches, conductors, directors, and choreographers. She thrives on teamwork and collaboration. Her goal is to continue to revive opera as an art form and continue to reach out to her community with a passion for music and learning.
Sarah graduated with latin honors and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2016 with a major in Vocal Performance and a Minor in Music Industry. She graduated with honors from the Yale University School of Music with a Masters of Music in 2018.