Sarah Gartshore, soprano
Canadian soprano Sarah Gartshore was recently described by the Chicago Tribune as “particularly impressive” and possessing a “rich, shining soprano” after performances with Music of the Baroque and Chicago’s Apollo Chorus. Her performance of excerpts from Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress with the Richmond Symphony (VA) inspired the Times-Dispatch to write, “Soprano Sarah Gartshore sang the arias with strong characterization, full-bodied tone and unusually clear diction, promising some fine portrayals of Anne Trulove in future productions of this opera.”
As a Santa Fe Apprentice Artist, Ms. Gartshore made her debut with Santa Fe Opera as the First Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and returned for a second season to cover the roles of Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Così fan tutte and Thalie/La Folie in Rameau’s Platée. The Chicago Sun-Times praised Ms. Gartshore as “delightful” in her multiple roles as Madame Herz in Mozart’s Der Schauspieldirektor and Tonina in Salieri’s Prima la Musica, poi le Parole following one of her many collaborations with Jane Glover and Chicago’s Music of the Baroque. Her portrayal of the desperate Magda, described by Opera Canada as “startlingly dramatic” was a highlight of Chamber Opera Chicago’s recent production of Menotti’s The Consul.
Career highlights include a Ravinia Festival debut with Music of the Baroque performing Handel’s Israel in Egypt, a debut with the Grammy nominated Chicago Chamber Musicians singing Scarlatti’s Su le sponde del Tebro, her Symphony Center debut with the Apollo Chorus performing Brahms’ Requiem,Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with American Opera Group, Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen with Chamber Opera Chicago, Santuzza in Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana with the Skokie Valley Symphony (IL), the title role in the Chicago premiere of Barber’s Vanessa with Chamber Opera Chicago, and Brahms’ Requiem with the Kingston Symphony (ON). She recently performed the role of Lily Craven in the Southwest Michigan Symphony’s production of The Secret Garden, Musetta in La Bohème with Harbor County Opera (MI), was a featured soloist in a concert tour of China with the Valparaiso University Orchestra, and a guest artist for Music by the Lake’s (WI) 2013 Gala of the Stars.
Much in demand on the concert stage, Ms. Gartshore’s expansive repertoire includes performances of Dvorak’s Mass with the International Choral Arts Festival of Jihlava in the Czech Republic, Messiah with the Richmond and Jacksonville Symphony Orchestras as well as Chicago’s Apollo Chorus, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Haydn’s Heiligmesse, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and the Te Deum’s of Delalande and Charpentier with Music of the Baroque, Brahms’ Requiem and Mahler’s Fourth Symphony with the Richmond Symphony, and Mahler’s Second Symphony and Verdi’s Requiem with the Muncie Symphony (IN). As a nine year veteran of The Handel Week Festival of Oak Park (IL) she has performed several solo cantatas, Judas Maccabaeus, Esther, Fulvia in Ezio, and Galatea in Acis and Galatea.
Upcoming engagements include Holiday Pops with The Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Brahms’ Requiem with the Southwest Symphony Orchestra, Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with the Sault Theatre Project, and a much anticipated return to the Handel Week Festival to perform the cantata Un’alma inamorata and selected duets. This season Ms. Gartshore will make her Haymarket Opera debut performing the role of Erodiade in Stradella’s San Giovanni Battista.
Ms. Gartshore is also heard performing with guitarists Sergio and Odair Assad on Merry a Holiday Journey, a recently released CD of selections for Christmas by violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and friends.