Hailed as "nothing short of sensational" by Opera magazine, soprano Sari Gruber's exciting and moving interpretations of a diverse operatic and concert repertoire have rapidly established her as one of today's most sought-after artists on the international stage. In opera, she has won praise for her "shining soprano and vibrant presence" (Opera News), her "direct musicality" (NY Times), as well as her "detailed, charming, resourceful and sympathetic" characterizations (Boston Herald). For her artistry as a recitalist, she was awarded the first prize of the 2005 Walter W. Naumburg Foundation International Vocal Competition.
Sari Gruber's 2006-07 season includes several re-engagements, including Adina in L'elisir d'amore with Opera Pacific, Musetta in La Bohème with Opera Company of Philadelphia, New Year's Eve concerts with Boston Baroque, an evening of French repertoire with New York Festival of Song, and the Mozart Requiem with the Berkshire Choral Festival. In addition, Ms. Gruber appears with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center performing Bach cantatas, appears in recital at Alice Tully Hall as presented by the Naumburg Foundation, and performs as soloist with the Handel & Haydn Society and the Houston Symphony in Messiah.
Ms. Gruber's 2005-06 season included her debut with Pittsburgh Opera as Despina in Così fan tutte, Poppea in Agrippina with Boston Baroque, as well as returns to Opera Columbus for Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel and Kentucky Opera for her first performances of Beth in Little Women. She also sang concerts of Handel cantatas with Portland Baroque and appeared at the Caramoor Festival performing songs of Schubert. As the winner of the 2005 Naumburg Competition, Ms. Gruber appeared in recital in New York (Alice Tully Hall), Palm Springs, Pensacola, Pittsburgh and Kansas.
Sari Gruber began the 2004-05 season as Norina in Don Pasquale with the Opera Company of Philadelphia, going on to sing Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro with both Austin Lyric Opera and Opera Pacific, and Rose in Street Scene with Portland Opera. She also appeared as soloist in Messiah with Boston Baroque and in recital at Skidmore College. In the summer of 2005, she sang her first performances of Adina in L'elisir d'amore with Berkshire Opera.
Ms. Gruber has sung Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Nanetta in Falstaff, and Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel with New York City Opera; Alexandra in Regina for her debut with Lyric Opera of Chicago; Lisette in La Rondine and Miss Hedgehog in the world premiere of Tobias Picker's The Fantastic Mr. Fox with Los Angeles Opera; Carolina in Il Matrimonio Segreto, Aricie in Hippolyte et Aricie, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, and Varvara in Kát'a Kabanová with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. In the 2003-04 season, she made her debut with De Nederlandse Opera singing the Philistine Woman and Virgin in a new production of Hansel's Samson. She has performed several times under the baton of Seiji Ozawa including performances of Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro in the conductor's Ongaku-Juku Opera Project, as well as the First Niece in Peter Grimes with the Maggio Musicale di Firenze and Saito Kinen Festival.
Among Sari Gruber's other operatic credits are further performances of Susanna with Boston Lyric Opera, Kentucky Opera, and Opera Columbus (where she has also sung Pamina in Die Zauberflöte); Zerlina in Don Giovanni with Opera Pacific and Madison Opera; Gilda in Rigoletto, Ann Trulove in The Rake's Progress, and Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream with Lyric Opera of Kansas City; Juliette in Roméo et Juliette with Chautauqua Opera; and Adele in Die Fledermaus with the St. Louis Symphony. She has sung further performances of Gilda with Connecticut Opera and Toledo Opera, Norina in Don Pasquale with Boston Lyric Opera, Gretel with the Omaha Symphony, and Marzelline in Fidelio with Florida Philharmonic. She has appeared at the Aspen Music Festival as Anna in Weill's Seven Deadly Sins, as well as with Berkshire Opera as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte and Despina in Così fan tutte (a role she has also sung with Anchorage Opera). Audiences nationwide saw her sing Gretel as a member of the prestigious Juilliard Opera Center in a 1997 live Great Performances telecast of Hänsel und Gretel. She is also an alumnus of San Francisco Opera's Merola Opera program where she sang Zerlina in Don Giovanni.
Ms. Gruber is equally in demand as an oratorio singer and has sung performances of Messiah with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (Jane Glover conducting), Mahler's Symphony No. 4 with the Columbus Symphony, and Bach's Mass in B minor at Columbia University. In addition, her concert credits include performances with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, San Jose Symphony, and Jacksonville Symphony.
An accomplished recitalist whose song repertoire spans nine languages, Sari Gruber has appeared in recital at New York's Alice Tully and Weill Recital Halls, as well as the 92nd Street Y, Miller Theatre, and with the New York Festival of Song. She has given recitals across the country under the auspices of the Marilyn Horne Foundation. Her other recital credits include a pre-concert recital of Copland's Poems of Emily Dickinson with the New York Philharmonic, solo recitals in Salt Lake City and Daytona Beach, and on San Francisco Opera's Schwalbacher Debut Recital Series.
Opera Carolina Performances:
Roméo et Juliette (2007–2008)