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Sari Gruber

Soprano

Hailed as “nothing short of sensational” (Opera Magazine) and “a real creature of the stage,” (Opera News) soprano Sari Gruber has become a prized artist on U.S. and international stages alike. 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, and 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 has performed the role with Opera Colorado, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Pittsburgh Opera, and Austin Lyric Opera.

 

Nov
2014

Nov-07
to
Nov-08
Mahler Symphony No. 2
Soprano Soloist
Omaha Symphony Orchestra
Omaha, NE
Dec
2014

Dec-13
Händel’s Messiah
Soprano Soloist
Richmond Symphony
Richmond, VA
Jan
2015

Jan-24
to
Feb-12
Così fan tutte
Fiordiligi
Florida Grand Opera
Miami, FL
Mar
2015

Mar-21
to
Mar-22
Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony
Soprano Soloist
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
Buffalo, NY
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…power and clarity…
Les pêcheurs de perles  - “Leila belonged to Nadir the moment soprano Sari Gruber started singing, her power and clarity an obvious match with the tenor’s .”Honolulu Star-Advertiser 
…a transparent and effective performance…
Die Zauberflöte - “Sari Gruber gave a transparent and emotionally effective performance of Princess Pamina, especially in the scene where she contemplates suicide because she falsely believes her prince, pledged to silence during his initiation rituals, has forsaken her.” – Tampa Bay Times 
…lit up the stage…
La bohème- “…soprano Sari Gruber lit up the stage with her sure-voiced, spirited and suitably saucy portrayal of Musetta.”Denver Post 
…Gruber cast an enchanting spell…
 Knoxville: Summer of 1915 -“In her philharmonic debut, Gruber cast an enchanting spell with ‘Knoxville:   Summer of 1915,’ Barber’s setting of a text by James Agee. This child’s view of   a lazy summer night showed Gruber to be a thoughtful and elegant soprano capable   of a wide emotional range. Gruber conveyed the work’s languorous mood through   subtle shadings from her multihued vocal palette, then used her clear, focused   soprano to project easily through Barber’s denser textures. It was a   performance, to paraphrase Agee’s text, that enchanted the eardrums.”The Oklahoman 
…blended exquisitely…
Le Nozze di Figaro - “Sari Gruber’s sharp-witted, keenly articulated Susanna was a perfect foil for Armstrong’s Countess, and the two blended exquisitely in the letter duet, each maintaining an individual vocal color. Gruber lived the character in every movement and inflection, reacting to those around her and dominating the ensembles. When she finally had her solo turn in ‘Deh vieni, non tardar,’ she held focus with her natural phrasing, controlled legato and even scale.”Opera News 
…commanded the audience’s attention from her first note…
North Carolina Symphony - “Gruber is a thoroughly accomplished young professional who commanded the audience’s attention from her first note. ‘My Hero’ was sincere, compelling, romantic, and ‘Mein Herr Marquis’ entirely insincere, flighty, with a superb demonstration of how to produce a stage laugh while singing.”Classical Voice of North Carolina 
Composer Opera Role
Beethoven Fidelio Marzelline
Bizet Les pêcheurs de perles Leïla
Carmen Micaëla
Britten A Midsummer Night’s Dream Helena
Peter Grimes First Niece
The Rape of Lucretia Lucia
The Turn of the Screw Governess
Debussy Pelléas et Mélisande Mélisande
Donizetti Don Pasquale Norina
L’elisir d’amore Adina
Gounod Roméo et Juliette Juliette
Händel Agrippina Title role
Giulio Cesare Cleopatra
Rinaldo Almirena
Rodelinda Title role
Humperdinck Hänsel und Gretel Gretel
Janáček The Cunning Little Vixen Bystrouška (Vixen)
Káťa Kabanová Title role
Lehár The Merry Widow Hanna Glawari
Monteverdi L’incoronazione di Poppea Title role
Mozart Così fan Tutte Fiordiligi
Don Giovanni Donna Elvira
Le nozze di Figaro Susanna
Die Zauberflöte Pamina
Idomeneo Ilia
Poulenc Dialogues des carmélites Blanche
Puccini La bohème Mimì, Musetta
Gianni Schicchi Lauretta
Turandot Liù
Strauss Intermezzo Christine Storch
Stravinsky The Rake’s Progress Anne Trulove
Verdi Falstaff Nannetta
Weill Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny Jenny Smith
The Seven Deadly Sins Anna I
Street Scene Rose Maurrant
Composer Work  
Bach Mass in B Minor
St. Matthew Passion
Barber Knoxville: Summer of 1915
Beethoven Egmont
Ninth Symphony
Bernstein Songfest
Symphonic Suites from “West Side Story”
Brahms Requiem
Canteloube Chants d’Auvergne
Copland Poems of Emily Dickinson
Dvořák Gypsy Songs
Fauré Requiem
Händel Messiah
Samson
Silete venti
Haydn Die Jahreszeiten
Die Schöpfung
Harmoniemesse
Mahler Des Knaben Wunderhorn
Symphony No. 2
Symphony No. 4
Mozart Requiem
Poulenc Gloria
Strauss Four Last Songs
Song Selections
Szymanowski Songs of the Infatuated Muezzin
Słopiewnie
Villa-Lobos Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5
Vivaldi Gloria
Vivier Lonely Child
Weill The Seven Deadly Sins
Hailed as “nothing short of sensational” (Opera Magazine) and “a real creature of the stage,” (Opera News) soprano Sari Gruber has become a prized artist on U.S. and International stages alike. 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, and 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 has performed the role with Opera Colorado, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Pittsburgh Opera, and Austin Lyric Opera.

Upcoming engagements include singing Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with Omaha Symphony, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Buffalo Symphony, a role début as Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte with Florida Grand Opera, and a performance of Händel’s Messiah with The Richmond Symphony. In recent seasons, Ms. Gruber added various new roles to her diverse repertoire including Mimì in La bohème, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Micaëla in Carmen,Governess in The Turn of the Screw, and Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare. Maybe change recent seasons to – new to her repertoire…

Favorite engagements from past seasons include Ms. Gruber’s return to Pittsburgh Opera to sing Zerlina in a new production of Don Giovanni with Pittsburgh Opera; a return to Arizona Opera to sing Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro; Pamina in Die Zauberflöte with Opera Tampa; her role début as Leïla in Les pêcheurs de perles with Hawaii Opera Theater; Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with the Erie Chamber Philharmonic; and an Opera Gala with the Johnstown Philharmonic.

Noted international performances include Händel’s Samson staged for De Nederlandse Opera, and First Niece in Peter Grimes at both the Saito Kinen Festival (Japan) and Maggio Musicale di Firenze. Further career highlights include her Lyric Opera of Chicago début as Alexandra in Regina; Lisette in La rondine and Miss Hedgehog in the world-première of Tobias Picker’s The Fantastic Mr. Fox with Los Angeles Opera; Carolina in Il matrimonio segreto, Aricie in Hippolyte et Aricie, and Varvara in Kát’a Kabanová with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis; Vixen in Janácek’s The Cunning Little Vixen at the Chautauqua Institution; Anne Trulove in The Rake’s Progress and Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Lyric Opera of Kansas City.

Other notable engagements include Despina in Così fan tutte with Pittsburgh Opera, Berkshire Opera and Anchorage Opera; Norina in Don Pasquale with Opera Company of Philadelphia and Boston Lyric Opera; Gilda in Rigoletto with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Connecticut Opera and Toledo Opera; Juliette in Roméo et Juliette with Opera Carolina and Chautauqua Opera; Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel with New York City Opera, Opera Columbus, Omaha Symphony, and for PBS Great Performances telecast from the Juilliard Opera Center.

An extremely sought-after and distinguished concert artist, Ms. Gruber has appeared with several esteemed symphony orchestras throughout her career, such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra, Händel and 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. With these organizations and many more, she has performed as a soloist in such works as Messiah, Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, Bach’s Mass in B Minor, Handel’s Israel in Egypt, 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, Vaughan Williams’s Serenade to Music, Handel’s Silete Venti, and with the New York City Ballet in Stravinsky’s Les noces.

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.

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