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American mezzo-soprano Sarah Saturnino is quickly becoming known for her versatility and “range of vocal colors” (Miami Herald). Recent roles include Vera Boronel in The Consul with Baltimore Concert Opera, Maddalena in Rigoletto with Painted Sky Opera, Mutter in Hänsel und Gretel and Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte with Yale Opera. 

Miss Saturnino is a recent alumna of The Chautauqua Opera Company’s Young Artist program. Her assignments included covering Paquette in Bernstein’s Candide, and Komponist in a scene of Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos. She also would have been a first year Apprentice Artist at the Santa Fe Opera Company*. Her assignments there being the cover for Second Lady in Die Zauberflöte and scenes in the Apprentice Artist Scenes Showcase. In past summer seasons, Miss Saturnino has performed with the Miami Summer Music Festival as Le Prince Charmant in Massenet’s Cendrillon and was a soloist in Handel's Messiah with the Wintergreen Performing Arts Festival, as well as multiple concerts in Tuscany, Italy with Bel Canto in Tuscany. 

Miss Saturnino was a first place winner of the Pacific NorthWest Competition in Eugene, Oregon in 2019. She received the Faculty Award from the Vann Vocal Institute in 2020*. She has placed in the top ten in the Brava! Competition two years (2018/2019) in a row and was a Grand Finalist in the Talents of the World Competition in 2018. 

She has performed in many concert works including Beethoven 9, Handel’s Let God Arise, and O sing unto the Lord, and Messiah. She has also sung in recitals for the Trinity on Wall Street, Pipes at One and The Chautauqua Opera Company’s Emerging Artists Recital. She has also sung Bernstein’s Candide in concert as The Old Lady with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra.    

 Miss Saturnino graduated with latin honors and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2016 where she sang Jenny in Down in the Valley, Patre in L’enfant et les sortileges, Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, The Old Lady in Candide, and Le Prince Charmant in Cendrillon. She graduated with honors from the Yale University School of Music with a Masters of Music in 2018. Roles at Yale included Mütter in Hänsel und Gretel, Second Lady in Die Zauberflöte, Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos, Bertarido in Rodelinda, and Sister Helen Prejean in Dead Man Walking. She continued to work and study at the Potomac Vocal Institute where she studied under the world-renowned Elizabeth Bishop and Arianna Zuckerman in the inaugural class of the Professional Development Program. Roles in that program included Giovanna Seymour in Anna Bolena, Charlotte in Werther*, Cesare in Giulio Cesare*, Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier, Quickly in Falstaff and Charlotte in A Weekend in the Country. 

Up next, Miss Saturnino will be working with the Shreveport Opera Company as the SOX Young Artist Program's Mezzo Soprano. She will be singing in their one act operas for Art After Dark where she will sing Maria in Feel the Tango, Angie in Pepito, and Julia Child in Bon Appétit. She will also sing in their mainstage production of Rigoletto as Maddalena and Giovanna in 2021.

*Performances canceled due to the Covid 19.

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