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Sarah Mesko

 
Bio:
Praised by The Washington Post for her ?consistently beautiful sound,? American mezzo-soprano Sarah Mesko is rapidly gaining attention for her ?rich mezzo soprano? voice and musicality. In the 2018-2019 season, Ms. Mesko returns to the Metropolitan Opera ? following her successful performance of ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Praised by The Washington Post for her ?consistently beautiful sound,? American mezzo-soprano Sarah Mesko is rapidly gaining attention for her ?rich mezzo soprano? voice and musicality. In the 2018-2019 season, Ms. Mesko returns to the Metropolitan Opera ? following her successful performance of ... (read complete bio)
 

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John Easterlin as Monostatos, Kathryn Lewek as the Queen of the Night, Deborah Nanste Photo

John Easterlin as Monostatos, Kathryn Lewek as the Queen of the Night, Deborah Nansteel as Third Lady, Sarah Mesko as Second Lady, and Jacqueline Echols as First Lady

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Sarah Mesko Biography

Praised by The Washington Post for her ?consistently beautiful sound,? American mezzo-soprano Sarah Mesko is rapidly gaining attention for her ?rich mezzo soprano? voice and musicality. In the 2018-2019 season, Ms. Mesko returns to the Metropolitan Opera ? following her successful performance of Arsace in Semiramide ? to sing Merc d s in Carmen. She will also make her Canadian debut as Isolier in Le comte Ory with Edmonton Opera and her Opera Theatre of Saint Louis debut as Ottavia in The Coronation of Poppea. She will appear in Handel?s Messiah at the US Naval Academy and present recitals at the University of Arkansas and Hendrix College. Last season, Ms. Mesko was seen at the Metropolitan Opera as the Second Lady in Die Zauberfl te and Ines in Il trovatore while covering Le Prince Charmant in Cendrillon. She also made her New York Philharmonic debut, her Cincinnati Opera debut as Ottavia in Monteverdi?s L?incoronazione di Poppea, and her role debut as Jo in Little Women with Annapolis Opera. Sarah Mesko made her Metropolitan Opera debut as the Second Lady in The Magic Flute in the 2016-2017 season. She has also toured across the United States with the Metropolitan Opera Rising Stars concert tour. She recently made her role debut as Carmen with Washington National Opera in the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist performance; other roles with Washington National Opera include Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, Dorabella in Cos fan tutte, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, and the Second Lady in Die Zauberfl te. Ms. Mesko debuted at the Glimmerglass Festival in Vivaldi?s Catone in Utica to great acclaim and made her debut at Houston Grand Opera as Mrs. Segstrom in A Little Night Music. She made her European debut in Paris as La Sagesse and Sidonie in Lully?s Armide with Mercury Baroque and the Th atre de Gennevilliers. On the concert stage, Sarah Mesko has appeared with the National Symphony Orchestra under Tito Mu oz; as Dejanira in Handel?s Hercules with the Oregon Bach Festival; with the Columbus Symphony in Alexander Nevsky; with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under Marin Alsop; and with Mercury Baroque in Houston. Ms. Mesko has made recital appearances with the Dallas Opera at the Dallas Museum of Art; with tenor Paul Appleby for the George London Foundation at the Morgan Library in New York City; with the Dolce Suono Ensemble; with Vocal Arts DC, presenting Jan cek?s Diary of One Who Disappeared with tenor Toby Spence; and with San Francisco Opera Center?s Schwabacher Debut Recital Series. In 2009 Ms. Mesko was a national finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, performing with the Met Orchestra under Patrick Summers. She has won First Prizes in various competitions, including those sponsored by the George London Foundation, the National Society of Arts and Letters, Annapolis Opera, Virginia Opera, Young Texas Artists, Sun Valley Opera, and the Franco-American Vocal Academy. She is also among a rare number of singers who have won the Richard F. Gold Career Grant more than once: in 2011 from Washington National Opera, and in 2009 from Central City Opera. In 2019 Ms. Mesko was inducted as a Distinguished Member of Sigma Alpha Iota. A native of Hot Springs, Arkansas, Ms. Mesko holds a master of music degree in vocal performance from Rice University and a bachelor of music degree in vocal and flute performance from the University of Arkansas. (Updated February 2019)




Sarah Mesko News

BWW Review: CARMEN at Opera Theatre Of Saint Louis Photo BWW Review: CARMEN at Opera Theatre Of Saint Louis
by Steve Callahan - May 23, 2022

Opera Theatre Saint Louis opens its 47th season with a splendid 'Carmen'. Read our BWW critic's review.

BWW Review: THE CORONATION OF POPPEA at Opera Theatre Of St. Louis Photo BWW Review: THE CORONATION OF POPPEA at Opera Theatre Of St. Louis
by Steve Callahan - Jun 11, 2019

This baroque masterpiece is gorgeous and disturbing.

Tulsa Opera Announces 2019/2020 Season Photo Tulsa Opera Announces 2019/2020 Season
by A.A. Cristi - Feb 15, 2019

General Director Ken McConnell and Artistic Director Tobias Picker today announced Tulsa Opera's 72nd season comprising classics such as Bizet's Carmen and Puccini's Madama Butterfly, and a new production of Mr. Picker's 1996 opera Emmeline, to be performed in Oklahoma for the first time, and led by Mr. Picker in his opera-conducting debut.

Mercury Presents Mozart's REQUIEM, 5/13
by Christina Mancuso - Apr 27, 2017

Artistic Director Antoine Plante and Mercury present Mozart's Requiem, on Saturday, May 13 at 8 p.m. at the Wortham Center's Cullen Theater for the 2016-2017 season finale. A must-see for any music lover, Mozart's final composition is a profoundly moving work, brimming with drama, hopefulness and redemption. Audiences will experience this unforgettable masterpiece on period instruments. Joining Mercury are vocalists Yulia Van Doren (soprano), Sarah Mesko (alto), Aaron Sheehan (tenor) and Stephen Hegedus (bass), along with select members of the Houston Symphony Chorus under the direction of Betsy Cook Weber. The evening also includes Henry Purcell's Funeral Music for Queen Mary. Major support for this concert comes from Haynes & Boone, LLP; The Albert & Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation; Houston Arts Alliance; Houston First; and the Houston Endowment, Inc. To purchase tickets or for more information visit www.mercuryhouston.org or call 713.533.0080.

Tenor Joshua Blue Wins 2017 Lyndon Woodside Oratorio-Solo Competition
by Christina Mancuso - Apr 11, 2017

The tenor Joshua Blue is the First Place winner of the Oratorio Society of New York (OSNY)'s 2017 Lyndon Woodside Oratorio-Solo Competition. The award was presented following a performance by eight finalists in Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall on Saturday, April 8. The Oratorio-Solo Competition, the only competition to focus exclusively on oratorio singing and now in its 40th year. The full list of finalists and prizes is:

Broadway Starlet Julie Benko wins 24th Annual American Traditions Vocal Competition
by Julie Musbach - Feb 26, 2017

Last night, the American Traditions Competition (ATC) ended an exciting week in celebration of American music and showcasing tomorrow's vocal stars with a full house at the Historic Savannah Theatre on Bull Street. 

George London Foundation to Welcome Paul Appleby & Sarah Mesko in Recital
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2017

Tenor Paul Appleby, the 2011 George London Award winner who, it was recently announced, will be in the cast of the world premiere of John Adams's Girls of the Golden West with San Francisco Opera next season, teams up with mezzo-soprano and 2015 George London Award winner Sarah Mesko and pianist Ken Noda for the season's second event in the George London Foundation Recital Series at The Morgan Library & Museum on Sunday, March 5, 2017, at 4:00 pm.

Winners of the 2017 George London Awards Are Announced
by A.A. Cristi - Feb 17, 2017

The winners of the 46th annual George London Foundation Awards Competition for young American and Canadian opera singers were announced at the conclusion of the competition's final round this evening, which took place in a front of an audience at Gilder Lehrman Hall at The Morgan Library & Museum in New York City. 

Andrew Lippa, Kurt Ollmann to Judge 2017 American Traditions Vocal Competition in Savannah
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2017

The American Traditions Vocal Competition has announced its lineup for the 24th Annual singing competition, held in Savannah, Georgia.

Who Will Win a 2017 George London Award? The 46th Annual Competition Presents Public Finals 2/17
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 12, 2017

On Friday, February 17, 2017, 24 of the best young American and Canadian opera singers will perform with pianist Craig Rutenberg before a panel of judges and an enthusiastic audience at The Morgan Library & Museum, hoping to win a George London Award, an honor that has been conferred upon hundreds of the best young singers since 1971.