This Ontario-born, mezzo-soprano discovered her love of music and performing when she attended an older cousin’s high school production of Annie. She began taking private voice and piano lessons at the age of 8 and went on to attend a performing arts high school, Mayfield SS. Although she wasn’t clear on the path music would take her, she began her studies at Western University in voice to explore her options. Sarah LaBine has just completed her Undergrad in Voice Performance at Western University and is looking forward to beginning her Master’s degree in Performance and Literature in the fall. She is excited to be continuing her studio studies with Professor, Jackie Short and collaborative pianist, Paul Digout. LaBine has appeared in various productions, beginning with performing assorted scenes such as Ms. Grose in Turn of The Screw’s, Fidalma in Il Matrimonio Segreto’s, and Bianca in The Rape of Lucretia, during Canadian Operatic Art Academy in the spring of 2017. This year LaBine performed in her first fully costumed and staged productions as a chorus member in Western’s productions of Carmen, and The Pirates of Penzance. She is excited to be here in Halifax for the first time to perform the role of Ottavia in Halifax Summer Opera Festival’s L’incoronazione di Poppea!