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Lyric Soprano Sarah Elizabeth Wolfson has already demonstrated a remarkable ability to communicate with an audience, whether in recital or on the operatic stage. She was recently recognized by Symphony Magazine as an Emerging Artist in 2011. In 2007 she was awarded the 1st Place Prize (Victor and Sono Elmaleh Award) in The Concert Artists Guild Competition. Under CAG she receives recital and concert management, as well as the opportunity to commission new works through the BMI Foundation Commissioning Prize and record on the Naxos Label. Through CAG she made her Weill Hall solo recital debut in January 2009. This included a newly commissioned song cycle, Cut Him Out in Little Stars, by Paola Prestini.
For 2011/2012 Ms. Wolfson will be performing a combination of recitals, oratorio, and opera. She will be the soprano soloist for the Beethoven 9th with Symphony of Northwest Arkansas. Ms. Wolfson will appear at the Market Square Concerts in Pennsylvania where she will sing the world premieres of song cycles by Jeremy Gill, Jake Heggie, and Paul Moravec. In addition Ms. Wolfson will be returning to the opera stage, making her debut as Rose in Elliott Carter's What Next at Opéra de Montpellier.
This past 2010/2011 season Ms. Wolfson presented four recitals as part of Miller Theater's Lunchtime Concert Series. The season featured all American composers and she she presented works by Barber, Copland, and Ives. The New York Times praised her for her "Glowing account of Barber's Hermit Songs...[she sang] with luminous sound and impressively focused high notes. [She is] a keenly intelligent artist." In March of 2011 Ms. Wolfson performed an all Kurt Weill cabaret program titled "Foolish Heart: Kurt Weill's Search for Love and Home from Berlin to Broadway" in New York City at the Neue Galerie's Cafe Sabarsky. In addition she sang solos recitals in Miami, Florida, Reston, Virginia, and Little Rock, Arkansas. She performed Schumann at Symphony Space as part of Simply Schumann, and was invited to sing Der Hirt auf dem Felsen with Antares Ensemble as part of The Newtown, CT Chamber Music Series.
An avid performer of new music, she recently made her Zankel Hall debut performing the world premiere of Jonathan Dawe's Oveture and Ballet Music from Armide with American Composers Orchestra. She also created the role of Celia in the world premiere of John Musto’s Volpone, a comic opera based on the 16th-century Ben Johnson satirical play of the same title, commissioned and presented by the Wolf Trap Opera Company. Making her Off-Broadway debut, Ms. Wolfson created the role of Jane/Aeola in The New Group’s world premiere production of Wallace and Allen Shawn’s play/opera, The Music Teacher. She also recorded the opera for Bridge Records. She has performed the Berio Folk Songs with the Cincinnati Chamber Symphony, and at The Italian Academy in New York City. That concert also included the Berio Sequenza III, Berio Folk Songs with the critically acclaimed Axiom Ensemble conducted by Jeffrey Milarsky, and a newly commissioned song cycle by Carl Bettendorf.
Ms. Wolfson was a soloist in the Bach B Minor Mass with American Symphony Orchestra as part of the Symphony Space Wall to Wall Bach. She performed works by Dowland, Scarlatti, Grainger, Berio, and Jobim with fellow CAG roster artists, The Brazil Guitar Duo with The Chautauqua Chamber Music Festival and The Cooperstown Chamber Music Festival. In addition Ms. Wolfson has given various recitals around the country including The Little Rock Chamber Music Society, The German Cultural Institute of St. Louis, and The Rockport Chamber Music Festival.
Recent engagements include making her Lincoln Center recital debut as the winner of the Juilliard Vocal Arts Alice Tully Hall Debut Competition, as well as recitals at the Miami Museum of Contemporary Art, the Austrian Embassy in Washington, DC as part of the Embassy Series, and the Vocal Arts Society Discovery Series also in DC. She has sung with various opera companies and music festival including The Santa Fe Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Aspen Opera Theater, Opera North, Kentucky Opera, Brevard Music Festival, Gotham Chamber Opera, Spoleto Festival USA, La Jolla Summerfest. Roles include Poppea in L’incoronazione di Poppea, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Rose in Street Scene, Anne in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, Sidonie/Lucinde in Gluck’s Armide, and Crobyle in Thais. As a member of the Florida Grand Opera Young Artists Program, Ms. Wolfson performed the roles of Lucy in Menotti’s The Telephone, and Micaela in La Tragédie de Carmen.
Ms. Wolfson is a graduate of the Juilliard School where she received the William Schuman Prize for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Music, the highest award given to a graduate student. She was chosen twice to sing on Juilliard Vocal Arts Honors Recitals in Alice Tully Hall. In addition Ms.Wolfson has given solo recitals in Juilliard’s Paul Hall, and has appeared in a number of Juilliard Liederabends and Song Book recitals. She was also chosen to be a part of the Juilliard Vocal Arts Chamber Music series in Alice Tully Hall. While in school, Ms. Wolfson performed the roles of Susanna in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Jenny Reefer in Thompson’s The Mother of Us All, Sidonie/Lucinde in Gluck’s Armide, and Rose in Weill’s Street Scene. She was featured on the PBS American Masters documentary The Juilliard Experience.
As a recipient of a Lucrezia Bori Grant for study abroad from Juilliard, Ms. Wolfson was able to study in Salzburg, Austria, where she performed recitals at The Sacellum and Schloss Leopoldskron. She has participated in the Steans Institute for Young Artists at The Ravinia Festival and at the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival where she continued her focus on recital repertoire.
Ms. Wolfson is currently on the faculty of Columbia University where she teaches vocal performance. She has had the opportunity to conduct masterclasses for young singers across the country, including at Philander Smith College in Little Rock, AK and The Levine School of Music in Washington, DC. She is also a member of Sing for Hope, a non-profit organization that facilitates the connection between artists and charities providing a network of support. Through Sing for Hope Ms. Wolfson has worked closely with Bent on Learning to help raise support and awareness for yoga and meditation in the New York City Public Schools. She has also received her yoga teacher certification (RYT) from Tias and Surya Little in Santa Fe, NM through Prajna Yoga.