“It is like composing for an angel,” composer Steven Jamail says of his professional association with soprano Sara Crain. A skilled technician and consummate performer, Ms. Crain embodies the perfect combination of artistry, versatility, and radiant presence. Gifted with a voice that can dazzle both in coloratura repertoire as well as in more lyrical roles, Ms. Crain has delighted audiences with her skills as a comedienne as easily as she has touched their souls with longing and catharsis.
In the past year Ms. Crain appeared as Despina in Cosi fan tutte – a role which she characterizes as a “pure delight.” Following this production, she was seen in The Ghosts of Versailles’s Opera Quartet, and as Mademoiselle Jouvenot in Adriana Lecouvreur. Prior to these roles, she delighted audiences as Greta Fiorentino in Street Scene.
In the spring of 2006, Ms. Crain earned rave reviews for her portrayal of Fiorilla in Il Turco in Italia, the role which brought her to the attention of the Houston opera community. At the Atlantic Coast Opera Festival in the summer of 2006, Ms. Crain shone in multiple scenes programs as Clorinda (Cenerentola), Susannah (Susannah), Baby Doe (The Ballad of Baby Doe), and Sophie (Werther). 2005 found Ms. Crain appearing as Marguerite in Faust and Maria in West Side Story for the Astoria Music Festival scenes programs. Her impressive repertoire also includes Musetta (La Bohême), Bastienna (Bastien and Bastienna), Cis (Albert Herring), Sally (A Hand of Bridge), and Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro). An experienced concert artist, Ms. Crain has performed Vivaldi’s Gloria, Saint-Saëns’ Oratio de Noël, and Rutter’s Requiem with the Emerson Choir.
Having already obtained her B.M. in vocal performance at Rice University in 2004 under the tutelage of Dr. Joyce Farwell, Ms. Crain completed her master’s degree at the Moores School of Music as a member of internationally-renown tenor Joseph Evans’s studio in May of 2007.