Sarah Richardson, soprano

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Sarah Richardson, soprano, holds a Master of Music degree from UW-Milwaukee and a Bachelor of Music degree from Viterbo University. A native of Antigo, Wisconsin, Sarah began her career in music through high school choir, marching band, and musicals. While at Viterbo University, Sarah was a frequently featured soloist and performed major roles in their opera productions. Sarah’s awards include 2nd place in Schubert Club Competition of St. Paul, Minnesota. She has also frequently placed in, and in 2009 won the graduate division of the Wisconsin NATS Auditions. She was the 2013 winner of the Bel Canto Chorus’s Regional Artists Competition, and performed as their soprano soloist in Carmina Burana. At UW-Milwaukee, Sarah was a teaching assistant for the voice department and performed the roles of Eurydice (Orpheus in the Underworld) and Laetitia (The Old Maid and the Thief). In 2012, Sarah participated in the Lute Society of America’s summer seminar, where she studied and sang with leaders in early music performance, including Ellen Hargis and Grant Herreid. Sarah is now pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in performance at UW-Madison. There, she studies with baritone, Paul Rowe and has appeared in recitals, opera scenes and full opera productions, including the roles of Miss Wordsworth (Albert Herring) and Königin der Nacht (Die Zauberflöte). Sarah was recently seen as Barbarina (Le Nozze di Figaro) with the Lyric Opera Studio Weimar in Germany. Sarah currently resides in Milwaukee and is an avid performer of chamber and concert work, having been featured with Milwaukee Opera Theatre, Opera on Tap, the Milwaukee Choral Artists, and the East Side Chamber Players. As president of the East Side Chamber Players, Sarah promotes collaboration and produces unique chamber music concerts which bring together local musicians and community members.

Artist's Statement

Pursuing a life of singing has been my goal since my first voice lesson. Current home-base is Milwaukee, WI, but I was raised on a dairy farm in north-central Wisconsin where my parents own and operate Townline FeedsI love working on new projects and sharing my passion for singing. I believe it is important to forge new connections through creative music collaborations. My most frequent collaborator is my sister, Michel Shestak, who is an accomplished pianist, organist, and has certifications in nutritional therapy and Russian kettlebell training.

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