American soprano, Sarah Vautour, finished her tenure as a member of the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program at Los Angeles Opera in the shortened 2019-20 season. She made her company debut as the Dew Fairy in Humperdinck’s Hänsel and Gretel under the baton of Maestro James Conlon, was heard as Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, and was scheduled to perform as Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro.
Additional performances in the season included her Opera Santa Barbara debut as Beatrice in Daniel Catán’s Il postino.
Prior to this, Ms. Vautour joined Teatro Nuovo for their summer season as a Resident Artist where she was heard in Rossini's Stabat Mater and covered the title role in Bellini’s La straniera. Additionally, she made her Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra debut as the soprano soloist in Mahler’s Das klagende Lied with the Cincinnati May Festival Chorus and Maestro James Conlon.
Ms. Vautour’s other assignments during the 18/19 season included covering both the Celestial Voice in Verdi's Don Carlos and Gretel in Hänsel and Gretel, and appearing as Zipporah/ Voice of God in the world premiere of Henry Mollicone’s Moses. She comes to LA Opera following a summer as an Apprentice Artist at Des Moines Metro Opera, where she covered Adele in Johann Strauss Jr.’s Die Fledermaus.
Ms. Vautour earned her Master of Music from Rice University and a Bachelor of Music from University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. Her notable engagements include the title role in Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda and Morgana in Handel’s Alcina with CCM Opera d’arte, as well as Rose Maurrant in Street Scene with Harrower Summer Opera Workshop. Ms. Vautour made her Aspen Music Festival debut in the role of Mozart and Donna Anna in Stephen Stucky’s The Classical Style, under the baton of Maestro Robert Spano.
In the 2017/2018 season, Ms. Vautour appeared under the baton of Maestro Thomas Jaber as the soprano soloist in the Poulenc Gloria, and again, later, with the Houston Masterworks Chorus as the soprano soloist in Mendelssohn’s Elijah .