Manager: Damon Bristo
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“Sara Jakubiak is a seductive, calculating Polina, lending bell-like vocal clarity a cruel edge...” Shirley Apthorp, Financial Times, December 19, 2013 - Polina in 'The Gambler' at the Netherlands Opera
“Sara Jakubiak is a touching, vocally beautiful Elsa, who is just as impressive in her pure, angelic innocence as in the fatalistic undertow of her questioning and eventual existential despair.” Harold Haslmayr, Die Presse, October 3, 2013 - Elsa in 'Lohengrin' at Oper Graz
“If the most powerful moments come from ENO’s superlative orchestra, it is not for want of interest on stage, especially when Sara Jakubiak’s Marie is singing. This luscious-voiced American, new to these shores, is an exciting performer, with a radiant upper register and good diction – she must be invited back.” Andrew Clark, Financial Times, May 13, 2013 - Marie in 'Wozzeck' at the English National Opera
American soprano Sara Jakubiak has been praised by the New York Times for her "plush-voiced, impressive soprano" and by Opera News as a “talented, highly musical singer.”
With her career rapidly expanding in North America and now Europe, Sara Jakubiak made her role and company debut as Elsa von Brabant in Lohengrin at Opera Graz in a new production by Johannes Erath and costumes by Christian Lacroix. She also debuted at De Nederlandse Opera in Andrea Breth’s new production of Prokofiev’s The Gambler as Polina under the baton of Marc . . . Albrecht. In concert, Ms. Jakubiak will be seen as the Governess in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and with the Colorado Symphony in Mozart concert arias under James Gaffigan. She also will be heard in concert performances of Howard Hanson’s lyrical opera Merry Mount with the Rochester Philharmonic under Michael Christie at Carnegie Hall, originally commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera and written while Hanson was director of the Eastman School. Ms. Jakubiak will begin the as a member of the ensemble at Oper Frankfurt in 2014 – 2015 singing Mozart, Strauss, Wagner, and Verdi, as well as appearing at English National Opera, Opernhaus Zurich, Glyndebourne Festival, and others.
Ms. Jakubiak made her debut at the English National Opera as Marie in a new production of Wozzeck under Edward Gardner to sensational critical acclaim and Semperoper Dresden as Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus in the 2012 – 2013 season. She also returned to New York City Opera as the Governess in The Turn of the Screw, a new production by Sam Buntrock. In concert, she performed Penderecki’s Polish Requiem conducted by Krzysztof Penderecki with Orquesta Sinfónica de la Juventud Venezolana Simón Bolívar in Caracas, Venezuela.
Ms. Jakubiak’s 2011-2012 season included a triumphant return to New York City Opera in Christopher Alden’s new production of Così fan tutte as Fiordiligi, in which she “wielded her lustrous voice to fine effect as a brazen Fiordiligi” (The Economist). Additionally, she debuted as Eurydice in Philip Glass’s Orphée at Virginia Opera, was soloist in Mahler's Symphony No. 2 with the Cape Cod Symphony, and performed Fiora in a concert version of Montemezzi's L'amore dei tre re with Polish Radio Orchestra in Warsaw under the baton of Lucasz Borowitcz, which was recently released on CD.
Recent operatic engagements have seen her debut at New York City Opera as Dede in a new, ground-breaking production of Bernstein's A Quiet Place by Christopher Alden, her debut with Minnesota Opera as Catherine Earnshaw in Herrmann's Wuthering Heightsas, Beatrice in Jake Heggie's Three Decembers alongside celebrated mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, and Countess Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro with both the Seoul Arts Center in Korea and the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Jakubiak was an apprentice artist at Santa Fe Opera in 2007, where she covered both the title role in Strauss's Daphne and Mimì in La bohème, as well as performed the title roles in both Jenufa and Rusalka in a program of opera scenes.
Sara Jakubiak's concert performances include Schumann's "Scenes from Goethe's Faust" with the American Symphony Orchestra, Strauss's Vier letzte Lieder with Symphony Pro Musica, soloist with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra in an opera gala concert, and appearing as soloist in Mendelssohn's Elijah with the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra, Britten's War Requiem, Mahler's Symphony No. 2, and Penderecki's Credo conducted by the composer with the Yale Philharmonic. She has also performed as soloist in Beethoven's Mass in C with the Beethoven Festival in Warsaw and sung Messaien's Poèmes pour Mi in recital at Yale. Ms. Jakubiak is featured on the Naxos label's eight-volume collection of Charles Ives songs in the series "American Classics", released in 2008.
Ms. Jakubiak holds master's degrees from both Yale University and the Cleveland Institute of Music. was a Regional Finalist in the 2007 National Council Auditions and was also the recipient of the Judith Raskin Memorial Award from Santa Fe Opera in 2007.
(Updated January 2014)