Sarah Joy Miller
Sarah Joy Miller, praised by The New York Times as “vivacious and fearless” is widely acknowledged as one of the industry’s foremost emerging talents. Ms. Miller began turning heads at her New York City Opera and BAM débuts to great critical acclaim singing the title role of Anna Nicole Smith in the Royal Opera House commissioned opera Anna Nicole by Mark-Anthony Turnage. This season, Ms. Miller joins the esteemed roster of The Metropolitan Opera for their productions of Thaïs and L’elisir d’amore. Last season, Ms. Miller performed Juliette in Roméo et Juliette at Opera Tampa, Roxanne in David DiChiera and Bernard Uzan’s Cyrano with Michigan Opera Theatre, and Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance with Palm Beach Opera, for which critics hailed “Sarah Joy Miller is quite fetching as the love interest, Mabel, her substantial soprano riding with ease in Sullivan’s high-flung coloratura passages of ‘Poor wandering one’ ”
Last season, Ms. Miller performed Juliette in Roméo et Juliette at Opera Tampa, Roxanne in David DiChiera and Bernard Uzan’s Cyrano with Michigan Opera Theatre, and Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance with Palm Beach Opera, for which critics hailed “Sarah Joy Miller is quite fetching as the love interest, Mabel, her substantial soprano riding with ease in Sullivan’s high-flung coloratura passages of ‘Poor wandering one’ ”
Highlights of previous seasons include: her début at Michigan Opera Theater singing Gilda in Rigoletto, with subsequent returns as Leïla Les pêcheurs de perles and a role début as Marguerite in Faust; Musetta in La bohème at New York’s Symphony Space; Micaëla in Carmen with New York Lyric Opera; performances of Carmina Burana with Dallas Symphony Orchestra; Violetta in La traviata with Palm Beach Opera; a “Puccini to Pop” concert with Tulsa Opera; Eternal Light: A Requiem with Distinguished Concerts International New York; selections from Faust at St. Bart’s Music Festival; and Juliette in Roméo et Juliette at Opera Grand Rapids, Opera Carolina, and Lyric Opera Baltimore.
Ms. Miller is frequently a guest artist on domestic and international concert stages including the Bolshoi Theater; Slovak Sinfonietta; the Chicagoland Pops Orchestra; the New York Choral Society; the Marcello Giordani Foundation; the Sergio Franchi Music Foundation; in Verona, Italy in collaboration with the Veronalirica Associazione; and is a frequent soloist with the St. Bart’s Music Festival. An advocate of bridging the gap between opera and musical theatre, Ms. Miller made her professional operatic début singing Mimì in Baz Luhrmann’s acclaimed Broadway production of Puccini’s La bohème and went on to reprise the role at the Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles.
Ms. Miller’s musical collaborations and accomplishments reach well beyond the traditional scope of opera. Signed to Decca Records as part of the trio Three Graces, Ms. Miller recorded an album featuring contributions by the finest producers and songwriters in the pop music industry including Walter Afanasieff (Mariah Carey, Celine Dion), Desmond Child (Bon Jovi, Ricky Martin) and Guy Roche (Christina Aguilera, Michael Bolton). She co-wrote two of the album’s original tracks – “I Wish” and “Don’t Let Me Forget” and recorded a Music video of “Requiem” for Panasonic. Three Graces performs throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico, and enjoyed an invitation to perform at a Youth Rally honoring Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to New York, among numerous televised appearances.
In 2013, she celebrated the release of her début classical album, A Glorious Dream, recorded with the Pannon Philharmonic conducted by Maestro Steven Mercurio in Pécs, Hungary, with a concert of arias and duets with orchestra at NYC’s famed performance space, (Le) Poisson Rouge.
A regional finalist in The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Ms. Miller earned and was honored with an array of awards and scholarships including: the Palm Springs Opera Guild, Elizabeth Parham Vocal Scholarship, the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, the Gerda Lissner Foundation, the New York Lyric Opera Competition, and the Jensen Foundation.