Sarah Davis, mezzo-soprano, a native of Northern Virginia, holds a Bachelor of Music from James Madison University, and a Master of Music from the University of Michigan. During her graduate studies at the University of Michigan, she performed as Cecilia March in Adamo’s Little Women, Meg Page in Verdi’s Falstaff, Dorabella in Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte, and Baba the Turk in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress. In the fall of 2011, Sarah was seen as Angelina in Rossini’s La Cenerentola, with Bel Cantanti Opera Company.
An active advocate of contemporary music, Sarah has premiered music for mezzo-soprano and piano by acclaimed composers Vera Ivanova, Zachary Wadsworth, Michael-Thomas Foumai, and Shen Yiwen. In February 2010, she performed in the New York premiere of Jeremy Beck’s one-act contemporary opera Review (mezzo-soprano). In the summer of 2012, Sarah was a Young Artist with the Caramoor Bel Canto Opera program, where she covered Romeo in Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi. She also performed on concerts during the Caramoor festival, including scenes from Handel’s Belshazzar, arias, and duets. She was seen in Bel Cantanti’s Fall 2012 production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia as Rosina, and reprised her performance of Dorabella in their Spring 2013 production of Cosi Fan Tutte. Sarah performed as a Young Artist for many seasons with the Staunton Music Festival, where her repertoire spanned from Renaissance music to world premieres.
Sarah began 2013 performing with Opera Lafayette in Felicien David’s Lalla Roukh, and as Miss Todd in The Old Maid and the Thief with Loudoun Lyric Opera. Ms. Davis is equally at home in the world of oratorio, having performed alto solos in Durufle’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Vaughan Williams Mass in G Minor, Handel’s Dixit Dominus, and Vivaldi’s Gloria. In March 2013, she was the mezzo-soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Capitol Hill Chorale. Sarah has studied with In Dal Choi, Carrie Stevens, and Melody Racine.