A native of St. Paul Minnesota, soprano Sara Gartland earned rave reviews for her performance of Rusalka in Dvorak’s Rusalka with the Des Moines Metro Opera. James Sohre from Opera Today exclaimed: “Sara Gartland was utter perfection in the title role, a performance on full throttle from first to last as she descended inexorably from infectious, hopeful girlish impetuosity to end up pathetically defeated nonentity. Her singing was nothing less than radiant throughout. Ms. Gartland possesses a substantial lyric soprano of great beauty and rock-solid technique that seems to know no bounds when it comes to alluring sheen, emotional connection, thrilling top notes, vibrant mid-range, floated pianissimi, and well, any and all variations thereof. Moreover, her attractive presence and committed acting were all one could wish for this complex heroine. I would wager there is no one in the world singing this role better than Sara Gartland.”
This season, Ms. Gartland will sing the roles of Violetta in La Traviata with Arizona Opera, Musetta in La Boheme with The Dallas Opera, and Marie in Wozzeck with Des Moines Metro.
In the 2015-17 seasons, Ms. Gartland sang Rusalka in Rusalka with Arizona Opera and Des Moines Metro Opera, Roselinde in Die Fledermaus with Utah Opera, as well as covers the roles of Adalgisa in Norma, and Zenna Briggs in the US premiere of Michel Van der Aa’s opera Sunken Garden, with The Dallas Opera.
In the 2014-15 season, Ms. Gartland sang the roles of Musetta in La Boheme, making her role and company debut with San Diego Opera, Marzelline in Fidelio with Opera Omaha, and Jenufa in Jenufa with the Des Moines Metro Opera.
In the 2013–14 season, Ms. Gartland sang the roles of 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 Romeo 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 the 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 as 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, she has sung Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with San Antonio Symphony and 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.