Hailed as “nothing short of sensational” (Opera Magazine) and “a real creature of the stage,” (Opera News) soprano Sari Gruber is a prized artist on U.S. and International stages alike. An extremely sought-after and distinguished concert artist, Ms. Gruber has appeared with several esteemed symphony orchestras throughout her career, having performed as a soloist in such works as Mahler’s Symphony No. 4; Bach’s Mass in B Minor; Händel’s Israel in Egypt, Silete Venti, and Messiah; Haydn’s The Creation; Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915; Mozart’s Requiem; Telemann’s dramatic cantata Ino; Schubert’s Shepherd on the Rock; Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras #5; and Vaughan Williams’s Serenade to Music. This season, Ms. Gruber returns to the New York Festival of Song as a soprano soloist in a concert with Moab Festival and a “Schubert / Beatles” concert at Lyric Opera of Kansas City, sings the soprano solo of Händel’s Messiah with a return to Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and takes on the soprano solo of Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 once more with Erie Chamber Orchestra.
In recent engagements, she sang Händel’s Messiah with The Richmond Symphony and Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra; a concert with New York Festival of Song; Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with Erie Chamber Philharmonic and Symphony No. 2 with Omaha Symphony; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Buffalo Symphony; a Christmas concert with Tallahassee Symphony; Stravinsky’s Les noces with the New York City Ballet; and Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel with Omaha Symphony. In her illustrious career, she has performed with symphonies such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra, Händel Society, Haydn Society, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, ProMusica Chamber Society, Boston Baroque, New York Festival of Song, New York’s Collegiate Chorale, Pacific Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Omaha Symphony, Winston-Salem Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, San Jose Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra.
She garners praise for her revered performances as some of opera’s most beloved characters such as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, which she performed with New York City Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Boston Lyric Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Opera Pacific, Kentucky Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, Arizona Opera and with the Ongaku-Juku Opera Project under the baton of Seiji Ozawa. Also known for her portrayal of Puccini’s quintessential diva, Musetta in La bohème, Gruber performed the role with Opera Colorado, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Pittsburgh Opera, and Austin Lyric Opera.
Having graced numerous stages around the United States, Ms. Gruber has quite an impressive history of roles. Some favorite engagements include the role of Leïla in Les pêcheurs de perles which she débuted with Hawaii Opera Theatre; Fiorgiligi in Cosí fan tutte which she débuted at Florida Grand Opera; Pamina in Die Zauberflöte with Opera Tampa; Gilda in Rigoletto with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Connecticut Opera, and Toledo Opera; Juliette in Roméo et Juliette with Opera Carolina and Opera Chautauqua; Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel with New York City Opera, Opera Columbus, and PBS Great Performance telecast from the Julliard Opera Center; the title role of The Cunning Little Vixen with Chautauqua Institute; Anne Trulove in The Rake’s Progress and Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Lyric Opera of Kansas City; Carolina in Il matrimonio segreto, Aricie in Hippolyte et Aricie, and Varvara in Kát’a Kabanová with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis; Alexandra in Regina in her Lyric Opera of Chicago début; Lisette in La rondine and Miss Hedgehog in the world-première of The Fantastic Mr. Fox with Los Angeles Opera; Zerlina in Don Giovanni in her return to Pittsburgh Opera; Despina in Cosí fan tutte with Pittsburgh Opera, Berkshire Opera, and Anchorage Opera; and Norina in Don Pasquale with Opera Company of Philadelphia and Boston Lyric Opera. In her international pursuits, she was the First Niece in Peter Grimes with Saito Kinen Festival, in Japan, and Maggio Musicale di Firenze and involved in a performance of Samson with De Nederlandse Opera.
Winner of the 2005 Naumburg Competition, Ms. Gruber is in demand as a recitalist with appearances at New York’s Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie, the 92nd Street Y, Miller Theater, Caramoor Festival, San Francisco Performances, Skaneateles Festival, New York Festival of Song, as well in recital at Palm Springs, Carmel, Pensacola, Pittsburgh and Kansas. She has given recitals across the country under the auspices of the Marilyn Horne Foundation. Other credits include a pre-concert recital of Copland’s Poems of Emily Dickinson with the New York Philharmonic, solo recitals in Salt Lake City and Daytona Beach, at Skidmore College, and on San Francisco Opera’s Schwabacher Début Recital Series.