Soprano Sara Gartland makes her Virginia Opera debut as Mathilde in Daniel Catan’s Il Postino. She recently appeared in concert with The Dallas Opera’s Institute for Women Conductors, sang Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus with Utah Opera, and Rusalka with Des Moines Metro Opera. Engagements for the 2018-2019 season and beyond include Micäela in Carmen and Musetta in La bohème with The Dallas Opera, Violetta in La Traviata and Julia Lowell in The Copper Queen with Arizona Opera, Marie in Wozzeck with Des Moines Metro Opera, Elvira in Don Giovanni with Minnesota Opera, and Gretel in San Diego Opera’s Hansel and Gretel.
The 2016-2017 season saw Ms. Gartland in the title role of Rusalka with Arizona Opera and the cover of Adalgisa in Norma with The Dallas Opera. In the 2015-2016 season, Ms. Gartland made her role and company debut with San Diego Opera as Musetta in La bohème, sang Marzelline in Fidelio with Opera Omaha, and performed the title role in Jenufa with the Des Moines Metro Opera. Other recent engagements include her Violetta in La Traviata with Utah Opera, Adina in L’elixir d’amore with Austin Lyric Opera, Josephine in HMS Pinafore with Arizona Opera, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel with Opera San Jose, Juliette in Roméo et Juliette with Des Moines Metro Opera, Curley’s Wife in Of Mice and Men with Utah Opera, and the cover of Pat Nixon in Nixon in China with San Francisco Opera.
As a member of the prestigious Merola and Adler Fellow programs with San Francisco Opera, Ms. Gartland sang numerous roles, including Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro, Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Micaëla in Carmen, Pat/Ann in the world premiere of Christopher Theofandis’ Heart of a Soldier, and Gerhilde in Die Walküre,and with the Merola Opera Program, Suzel in Pietro Mascagni’s L’amico Fritz. As an Adler Fellow, she made her recital debut with the incomparable Steven Blier as part of the Schwabacher Recital Series in Amores Nuevos. On the concert stage, Ms. Gartland has sung Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Elmhurst Symphony, Carmina burana with the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra, and debuted the song cycle Four Hardy Songs by Pablo Ortiz with UC Davis Symphony Orchestra.