Soprano Sarah Callinan is an internationally recognized performer of opera and musical theatre. Some favorite roles include: Despina (Cosi Fan Tutte) with Opera Carolina, Blondchen (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) with Arizona Opera, Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) and the title role in La Fille du Régiment with Connecticut Concert Opera, Gilda (Rigoletto) and Amina (La Sonnambula) at Salt Marsh Opera, Norina (Don Pasquale) and Valencienne (The Merry Widow) with Cape Cod Opera. She sang the role of Blondie in the “Star Trek” production of The Abduction from the Seraglio with Salt Marsh Opera, appeared in the Texas premiere of The Hotel Casablanca as Veronique with Abilene Opera, and sang the role of Marianne in The New Moon and Helen de Vazquez in Victor Herbert’s Orange Blossoms with Light Opera of New York. Arecording of Orange Blossoms was released in 2015 on the Albany Records label.
Locally she has performed Adele in Die Fledermaus with VOX New England at Mechanics Hall, she leads the Moon Maids vocal group as part of the Vaughn Monroe Show, and she was honored to perform for Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s inaugural ball. She is a frequent guest soloist with Dan Gabel and The Abletones (an authentic 18-piece Big Band) and is featured on their latest album By the Fireside. Upcoming performances include a return to VOX New England as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro as well as the Sanibel Music Festival with Opera Theater of Connecticut for Singing Andrew Lloyd Webber: Superstar of Song and Stage.
Among her many concert performances, she has performed as soprano soloist in the Verdi Requiem with The Chorus of Westerly; Hayden’s Creation with Capella Cantorum; Samson, Carmina Burana, and Rutter’s Mass of the Children with the Falmouth Chorale; Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Vesperae Solennes de Confessore as well as Faure’s Requiem with the Farmington Valley Chorale, and has appeared in several concert events with the Hartford Symphony and the Sanibel Music Festival. Last season, she sang with the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra for both their Holiday Concert and their Magically Mozart Concert in the Park. She also performed with the Worcester Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Worcester Jazz Ensemble for their Annual Holiday Concert at Mechanics Hall.
Ms. Callinan made her first international appearance after winning the Jenny Lind Competition, which included a recital tour in Sweden. She is a 2009 and 2010 Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition Regional Finalist and was also awarded first prize in the Connecticut Opera Guild Competition, first prize winner and winner of the “Most Promising Coloratura” award in the Amici Competition with Opera Theater of Connecticut, a finalist in the Bel Canto Vocal Scholarship Competition, finalist in the Mezzo Opera Competition in Szeged, Hungary and most recently, won second prize at the Peter Elvins Vocal Competition.
Ms. Callinan, a native of Worcester, MA, attended the Hartt School of Music, graduated Magna cum laude from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music and a Performer’s Certificate in Voice. In addition to her performance schedule, she is also the Choral Director and private voice instructor at her alma mater, Holy Name High School. We are delighted to welcome her to the faculty in 2020.