From Woodstock, New Brunswick, mezzo-soprano Sarah Sharpe is a recent Bachelor of Music graduate from Mount Allison University, where she studied voice with Monette Gould and Vicki St. Pierre. Through masterclasses, lessons, and summer programs, Sarah has also had the opportunity to work with teachers and coaches such as Darryl Edwards, Christianne Rushton, Kevin McMillan, Rachel Andrist, Nathalie Doucet, and Alexander Technique specialist, Alison Taylor.
Recent opera experiences include COSI (Centre for Opera Studies in Italy) and HSOF (Halifax Summer Opera Festival) where she appeared as La Zelatrice in Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Mercedes in Bizet’s Carmen. Sarah has also participated in Opera Workshop at Mount Allison University, involving scenes by composers such as Cavalli, Gluck, Mozart, Monteverdi, Purcell, and Handel. Sarah is looking forward to returning to HSOF this summer, where she will be performing the role of Ottavia in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea.
Performing in local competitions, Sarah placed first at the New Brunswick Provincial Music Festival in Senior Voice, June of 2017, and is looking forward to returning to the New Brunswick Provincial Music Festival in June of 2018. She has also placed second at the local NATS competition in both the fall of 2015 and 2017. In March, Sarah successfully performed her first solo recital in partial fulfillment of the requirements for her Bachelor of Music degree at Mount Allison University.
Sarah currently holds a position as Choir Director at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Sackville, and is spending the summer in her hometown, Woodstock, working as a Student Assistant to the Executive Director of the New Brunswick Federations of Music Festivals and the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals, Barbara Long.
Sarah is looking forward to moving to London, Ontario, where she will be pursuing a Master’s of Music Literature and Performance at the University of Western Ontario in the fall of 2018.