A native of St. Paul Minnesota, soprano Sara Gartland earned raves as Jenufa in Jenufa with the Des Moines Metro Opera. Opera News exclaimed, “an exciting breakthrough performance from Sara Gartland in the title role…As Janáček’s heartrending heroine, Gartland displayed a most individual timbre and a considerable reserve of lyric weight in midrange. Her prayer in Act II was ineffable. Gartland has always been an appealing singer; here she emerged as a complete artist.” And Opera Today said, “In the title role, Sara Gartland is serving notice with a starmaking performance of the first magnitude. Ms. Gartland not only has an incisive thrust to her robust, soprano, but also she has a charismatic and persuasive dramatic delivery that commands our attention. There is no requirement of this demanding role that eludes her artistic fulfillment. She is able to first suggest an irresponsible, even cruel girlishness with ease, encompass the sufferings of a young mother betrayed in love, and ultimately assume a tragic stature worthy of a classic Greek heroine. On the way, the soprano displays a full arsenal of effects. Her assured technique allows her to sing evenly throughout the range. Her unerring phrasing and sense of musical line is colored with underlying dramatic intent and infused with subtext. She exhibits meticulous control of even the softest, tenderest phrases, and then turns around on a dime to ravish our ears and stir our souls with throbbing forte exclamations riding easily over the full orchestra, that are laden with heartbreaking intent. Her great Act II prayer scene was a study in variety and total immersion in the musico-dramatic effect.” This season, Ms. Gartland will sing the title role in Rusalka with Arizona Opera and Roselinde in Die Fledermaus with Utah Opera, as well as cover the role of Adalgisa in Norma with The Dallas Opera.
In the 2014-15 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.
The 2013–14 season saw her as Violetta in La Traviata with Utah Opera, Adina in L’elisir d’amore with Austin Lyric Opera, Josephine in HMS Pinafore with Arizona Opera, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel with Opera San Jose, and Juliette in Roméo et Juliette with Des Moines Metro Opera.
In the 2012-13 season, she sang the role of Curley’s Wife in Of Mice and Men with Utah Opera and covered the role 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.
“There’s a power and intensity behind her soprano voice at times and a gentility to it at others. Her versatility as a performer extends to her acting abilities.”BWW Opera World
News & Events
- Jenůfa, Des Moines Metro Opera, July 2015
- Fidelio, Opera Omaha, April 2015
- Mozart & Company, The Dallas Opera, February 2015
- La bohème, San Diego Opera, Jan. 2015
- La traviata, San Francisco Opera, Summer 2014
- L’elisir d’amore, Austin Lyric Opera, May 2014
- La traviata, Utah Opera, Jan. 2014
- Hansel & Gretel, Opera San Jose, Nov. 2013
- HMS Pinafore, Arizona Opera, Oct. 2013
- Roméo et Juliette, Des Moines Metro Opera, Summer 2013