Sarah Larsen

Sarah Larsen

Sarah Larsen, mezzo-soprano

Sarah Larsen

Praised as “sizzling,” “riveting” and possessing a “plummy, ripe mezzo,” Mezzo-soprano Sarah Larsen made her Metropolitan Opera debut in the 2016 – 2017 season as Käthchen in Sir Richard Eyre’s production of Werther. In the 2017 – 2018 season, she continues at The Met with productions of The Merry Widow, Cendrillon, and a new production of Parsifal with Music Director Designate Yannick Nézet-Séguin. She begins the season as Ma Moss in The Tenderland with Intermountain Opera Bozeman, and makes her company debut as Jan in Jody Talbot’s Everest at Lyric Opera of Kansas City. In the summer of 2017, Ms. Larsen makes her Italian debut, in a staging of Vivaldi’s La Gloria e Imeneo with the famed I Solisti Veneti, and presents a recital under the auspices of the Seattle Art Song Society.

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An alumna of the Seattle Opera Young Artist Program, Ms. Larsen enjoys a long relationship with the company. She has been featured as Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos, Hänsel in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, and Maddalena in Rigoletto, among others. In 2015 and 2016, Ms. Larsen was in residence as a Filene Young Artist with Wolf Trap Opera, where she was heard on stage as Bianca in Rape of Lucretia and Susanna in The Ghosts of Versailles. Previously with Wolf Trap, she created the role of Sarelda in John Musto and Mark Campbell’s comic opera The Inspector, with a recording released in 2012.

Other recent engagements include her Arizona Opera debut as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Suzuki at The Berkshire Opera Festival, Mercédès in Carmen for her Santa Fe Opera debut, Stéphano in Roméo et Juliette with Des Moines Metro Opera, and Neris in Medea with The Glimmerglass Festival. On the concert stage, she has been heard in performances of Bach’s B minor mass, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, Handel’s Messiah, and Durufle’s Requiem.

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Sofia Selowsky

Sofia Selowsky

Sofia Selowsky, mezzo-soprano

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Praised by Opera News as a “silvery-luminescent mezzo-soprano of power and poise,” Maryland native Sofia Selowsky is a recent graduate of the famed Houston Grand Opera Studio. In the current season, Ms. Selowsky makes several significant concert debuts. She joins Houston-based Ars Lyrica for performances of Handel’s Jephtha and will be heard in concert at The Menil Collection in De Falla’s Siete Canciones Populares Espanolas under the auspices of Da Camera of Houston. She also makes her debut with The Minnesota Orchestra in Handel’s Messiah and debuts with Sarasota Orchestra in performances of Mozart’s Requiem with Music Director Anu Tali.

During her time in the HGO Studio, Ms. Selowsky was heard as The Fox in Rachel Portman’s The Little Prince, the Second Wood Nymph in Rusalka, Nell Gwynn in the world premiere of Carlisle Floyd’s new opera, Prince of Players, and Eliza in the premiere of David Hanlon’s After the Storm.  She also covered the roles of Olga in Eugene Onegin and Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro.  In the 2014/15 season, she made her HGO debut as Suzuki in Madama Butterfly opposite Ana Maria Martinez and conducted by Giancarlo Guerrero. Additionally, that season she covered the role of Dorabella in Così fan tutte.  In the fall of 2015, Ms. Selowsky made her debut with the Houston Symphony Orchestra in Schumann’s The Pilgrimage of the Rose under the baton of Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada.

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A multi-year participant at the Aspen Music Festival, she was heard in the 2016 festival season as Antonia in William Bolcom’s A Wedding under the baton of Scott Terrell and was heard in concert in Berlioz’s La mort de Cléopâtre. During the 2015 festival she performed the role of Despina in Così fan tutte under the baton of Jane Glover. Previous roles and engagements include Mère Jeanne in Dialogues of the Carmelites (Opera Theatre of Saint Louis), Lazuli in Chabrier’s L’étoile (CCM), Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 2 with the Dayton Philharmonic, Véronique in Bizet’s Le Docteur Miracle, Baba the Turk in The Rake’s Progress, Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, and performances as a Young Artist at the Glimmerglass Festival.

Ms. Selowsky was a 2016 grant recipient from the Gerda Lissner foundation and a 2015 recipient of a Richard F. Gold Career Grant from the Shoshanna Foundation.  In 2014, she was a National Semifinalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and won Third Place in the Houston Grand Opera’s prestigious Eleanor McCollum Competition.  Other honors include the Italo Tajo Memorial Award (CCM Opera Scholarship Competition), an Emerging Talent Award from the Kurt Weill Foundation’s Lotte Lenya Competition, the Emile Dieterle Scholarship (CCM), and an Artist Development Fellowship from Harvard University.

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Olivia Vote

Olivia Vote

Olivia Vote, mezzo-soprano

Olivia Vote

Lauded for her “theatrical magnetism ” American mezzo-soprano Olivia Vote looks forward to a season of dramatic French grand opera. She will sing Mère Marie in Dialogues des Carmélites with Sarasota Opera and Nicklausse in Les contes d’Hoffmann with Hawaii Opera Theater in the Spring.

Last season she enjoyed a year of chamber concerts, recitals and new operatic works. With Santa Fe Opera and Opera Philadelphia Ms. Vote worked on Jennifer Higdon’s exciting premiere of Cold Mountain. Also with Santa Fe Opera she participated in the workshop of the upcoming premiere of The (R)evolution of Steven Jobs, by Mason Bates and Mark Campbell in San Francisco. She sang the role of his wife, Laurene Powell. Olivia joined the world renown Hugo Wolf Quartet from Vienna and performed Respighi’s Il Tramonto and selections from Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch in Massachusetts and New York. She then collaborated with pianist Brain Ganz performing multiple song recitals and later went on to win second place at the esteemed Fort Worth McCammon Opera Guild Competition and first place at the Partners for the Arts, Inc. competition in Virginia.

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Ms. Vote returned to Opernhaus Zürich to sing Dryade in Ariadne auf Naxos with Fabio Luisi and Flora in a new production of La traviata under Maestro Armiliato. She first came to Switzerland from 2012-2014 for the Internationales Opernstudio at Opernhaus Zürich. Highlights of her performances during this period included singing Fidalma in Il matrimonio segreto, Philomene in Martinů’s Zweimal Alexandre, and as a soloist in Hans Neuenfels’s new production, Wie ich Welt wurde, a co-production with the Zürich Schauspielhaus about the life of Richard Wagner. In addition, she performed roles in Rinaldo, La traviata, Meistersinger, Salome, and Rigoletto and covered roles in Madame Butterfly, Alcina, La Straniera, and Falstaff.

Prior to beginning her time in Zürich, Ms. Vote participated as a Filene Young Artist with the Wolf Trap Opera Company. There she gained critical acclaim for her portrayal of Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni directed by Tomer Zvulum. She also covered the same role for the Los Angeles Philharmonic earlier that spring.

As a frequent concert artist, Ms. Vote was hailed by the Washington Post for “her big, rich voice that explored the nuances of the poetry.” Olivia has appeared as soloist in such works as Verdi’s Requiem, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Beethoven’s Mass in C Major, Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and Das Lied von der Erde, and Ravel’s Sheherazade. She sang Schubert’s Mass in E flat with Ivor Bolton and the Rai National Symphony Orchestra in Torino, Italy.

An eager and passionate fan of modern music. Olivia has premiered several new roles and works. With the 21st Century Consort at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., she performed “Colors passing though us”, a chamber work written specifically for her by composer and friend David Froom. While at Opernhaus Zurich she created the role of Mary Hawkins in Frank Schwemmer’s Die Schatzinsel and at AVA she sang the world premiere of Margaret Garwood’s The Scarlet Letter as Hester Prynne.

In competition Ms. Vote has been a grand finalist in the Francesco Vinas Competition in Barcelona. She won second place in the Loren L. Zachary Society Competition, Alfredo Silipigni International Vocal Competition, and Gerda Lisner Foundation International Competition. She is a grant winner from the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, has been a New England and Mid Atlantic regional finalist and study grant recipient in the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions, was awarded a Sullivan Foundation Development Grant, and the Phyllis Curtin Career Award from Yale University.

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