Arizona Opera Cast Members & Creatives
Praised as “sizzling,” “riveting” and possessing a “plummy, ripe mezzo,” mezzo-soprano Sarah Larsen’s 2015/2016 season begins with a return to Wolf Trap Opera where she performs Susanna in The Ghosts of Versailles and in Steven Blier’s The Rodgers Family – A Century of Musicals. She makes her house and role debut with Arizona Opera as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, and continues her relationship with Orchestra Seattle with Bach’s St. John Passion and Handel’s Messiah. Sarah also debuts with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra as Tisbe in La Cenerentola and with the Fresno Master Chorale for Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor. Future engagements include a debut in the inaugural season of the Berkshire Opera Festival and a return to Seattle Opera.
In 2015 Sarah joined The Metropolitan Opera roster as La Muse/Nicklausse (cover) for The Tales of Hoffmann, made her debut with the Pacific Symphony as Mercédès in Carmen, and returned to Seattle Opera as the Komponist in Ariadne in Naxos. An alumna of the Seattle Opera Young Artist Program, Sarah has been featured as Maddalena in Rigoletto, the Secretary in The Consul, La Muse/Nicklausse (cover) in The Tales of Hoffmann, Mercédès in Carmen, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly and Tisbe in La Cenerentola on the mainstage, as well as Charlotte in Werther with the Young Artist Program.
March 2013 marked her debut with the New York Festival of Song with Song of the Midnight Sun, a concert celebrating Scandinavian art song. Sarah, along with Caitlyn Lynch and Morgan Smith, created a new song cycle entitled Farewell, Auschwitz, by Jake Heggie and Gene Sheer in May 2013 with Music of Remembrance, recording released by Naxos. Other recent engagements include Sarah’s debut with The Santa Fe Opera as Mercédès in Carmen, Stéphano in Roméo et Juliette with Des Moines Metro Opera and Neris in Medea with The Glimmerglass Festival. She also created the role of Sarelda in John Musto & Mark Campbell's comic opera The Inspector with the Wolf Trap Foundation, with a recording released in 2012.
Sarah Larsen is from Roseville, MN and attended Simpson College (B.M. Vocal Performance) and Rice University (M.M. Vocal Performance.) She continued her training with residencies at the Aspen Opera Theater Center, Sarasota Opera, Virginia Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, The Glimmerglass Festival, The Santa Fe Opera and Seattle Opera.