Reviews

La bohème, Musetta

La bohème, Musetta

La bohème, San Diego Opera

“The rest of the cast fared better, sparked by a beguiling performance from Sara Gartland as Musetta. Her Catherine Zeta Jones in Chicago good looks and assured soprano voice increased the performance’s vocal stock considerably. It is a fine soprano voice, focused and attractive. Her ‘Quando m’en vo’ was capped off by a splendid piano high B.”

Bachtrack, Matthew Richard Martinez

“A frequent performer at San Francisco Opera, with a notable appearance in the world premiere of the dramatically compelling Heart of a Soldier, Gartland steamed up the artists’ garret windows and warmed the chilly Parisian night air with her spirited performance. Her egregious, over-the-top behavior, bordering on the offensive, came off as totally appropriate, engaging but not annoying as it often is played. Vocally Gartland was somewhat heavier than usual for a Musetta, but her top was impressively clear and full.”

Opera Pulse, Erica Miner

La traviata, Violetta

La traviata, Violetta

La traviata, Utah Opera

“Making her role debut as Violetta, Sara Gartland’s statuesque beauty and opulent coloratura created a wholly sympathetic heroine. Exuding self-empowerment during an engagingly buoyant ‘Sempre libera,’ Gartland removed elbow-length gloves and jewelry, flung open the windows, trying to catch her breath, and let her voice soar.”

Opera News, Robert Coleman

“Sara Gartland plays lead lady Violetta Valéry and shines in every way possible. From the powerful aria ‘Sempre libera’ to the tragic duet with Alfredo in Act II, Gartland remains loyal and sympathetic to Violetta. Her beautiful ability to transform the emotions this tragic story contains into her music leaves the audience clutching to every word.”

The Daily Utah Chronicle, Lynette Randall

HMS Pinafore, Arizona Opera

“Soprano Sara Gartland is giddy-ingénue-perfect as Josephine.”

AZ Central, Kerry Lengel

“Sara Gartland looked enchanting as Josephine and sang with an expanse of surging sound.”

Opera Today, Maria Nockin

Romeo et Juliette, Des Moines Metro Opera

“The Twin Cities soprano Sara Gartland’s Juliet first wins over the audience with her playful waltz ‘Je veux vivre’ (‘I want to live’) but easily darkens her tone for the heavier stuff later on. She could probably shatter her vial of poison with vocal power alone.”

The Des Moines Register, Michael Morain

Hansel and Gretel, San Jose Opera

Hansel and Gretel, San Jose Opera

Hansel and Gretel, San Jose Opera

“The highlight of the vocalizing came in three of the duets between Sara Gartland’s bell-like high soprano and the rich lower register of Kindra Scharich.”

The Mercury News, Mort Levine

L’elisir d’amore, Austin Lyric Opera

“Gartland and Barbera are stars. You just don’t know about them yet. The beautiful Gartland is a joy to watch as Adina. 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. Her Adina is playful, independent, and sometimes willful, but always believable.”

BWW Opera World, Jeff Davis

“…deserving of acclaim is Sara Gartland in her role as Adina. She possesses a powerful voice and impressive range.”

Austin Times, Pat Dixon

Amores Nuevos with Steven Blier, 2011

Amores Nuevos with Steven Blier, 2011

Steven Blier, Amores Nuevos San Francisco ADLER FELLOW

“Most astounding of the artists was Sara Gartland. A tall, slender, dark beauty with large features and a most versatile voice, Gartland took to the stage like a runway model set to slay. Dressed to kill in a stunning asymmetrical blue dress and a large rhinestone clasp, she gave notice that her voice was only one element in her substantial arsenal. Gartland’s facial expressions, sly movements, seductive smiles, and outstretched arms, all perfectly choreographed yet seemingly spontaneous in their fluidity, were as arresting as her instrument.”

San Francisco Classical Voice, Jason Victor Serinus

Carmen, San Francisco Opera

“Sara Gartland (who sings the role of Micaëla, a young woman from Don José’s homeland) has a strong, stunning voice that commands attention, yet portrays the purity and innocence of the character. As a second-year Adler Fellow, Gartland is in the beginning stages of a career bound to take her to many more of the world’s famous opera houses.”

Broadway World, Harmony Wheeler

Adler Fellows Final Concert, San Francisco

“Gartland is a star through and through…she was stunning, both vocally and physically, in Massenet’s ‘Me voilà seule…Dis-moi que je suis belle’ from Thaïs. Beautifully floating some of her softer notes, and setting her highs afire, Gartland was sensational.”

San Francisco Classical Voice, Jason Victor Serinus