About Sara LeMesh

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“Plush” soprano Sara LeMesh (NY Times) began her musical studies of both piano and voice at a young age in Marin County, California. She participated in numerous voice and piano competitions throughout her childhood, and pursued higher education at Rice University and Bard College where she earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in music.

Throughout Sara’s student career, she coached and studied with many esteemed singers, including Dawn Upshaw, Susanne Mentzer, Stephanie Blythe, Marilyn Horne, and Vinson Cole. Upon earning her graduate degree in 2014, she packed her bags for San Francisco (her city of birth) where she sang with the San Francisco Opera Chorus during their 2015 season.

Currently, Sara freelances in the Bay Area and performs a variety of repertoire, from bel canto to atonal works. She recently sang Norina (Don Pasquale) with the Mendocino Music Festival and Ligeti’s “Mysteries of the Macabre” at the Bard Music Festival of the West. In addition to classical singing, Sara is a singer-songwriter and pianist. She composes songs influenced by American and Irish folk music, and gigs throughout the Bay Area in dimly lit bars and cafes.

Passionate about music education, Sara recently began a YouTube Channel where she discusses technique, opera, and takes you backstage! Please subscribe and check it out here!

Sara doesn’t like listing her accomplishments like a recipe, but here they are anyways: Music Academy of the West; Tanglewood Music Festival; Aspen Music Festival & School; SongFest; Mozarteum University Masterclass Series; and American Bach Soloists.

Performing Schedule

Upcoming Appearances 

July 14 – Mendocino Music Festival – Performing the role of Norina in the opera Don Pasquale

Recent Appearances in 2017

May 14 – Medium-sized Living Room Concert – performing several art songs A capella – San Francisco, CA

March 26 – Bazaar Cafe – 6PM – Performing original works; free admission – San Francisco, CA

March 17th & 18th Bard Music West – Mysteries of the Macabre (Ligeti) with Allegra Chapman, Pianist – Noe Valley Ministry – San Francisco, CA

Recent Appearances in 2016

December 23rd Doc’s Lab – 8PM – Performing original works and holiday music! Featuring Amity Rose, singer-songwriter – San Francisco, CA

December 3rd KC Turner Presents at Bazaar Cafe – 10-10:45AM – Performing original works with other local artists! – San Francisco, CA

SaraLeMesh_054April 19 Bread & Roses Volunteer Concert – Harbor Light Center Chapel 

March 18Revolution Cafe – 5-8PM – San Francisco, CA

March 4 & 5The Computer Kid’s Magic Night – Solo Opera; Concord, CA

March 11 & 12 – Volti – San Francisco, CA

Recent Appearances in 2015

December 2015 – Handel’s Messiah at Calvary Presbyterian Church – San Francisco, CA

November – December 2015  Chorus in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg – San Francisco Opera

August 2015 – Bach’s Mass in B Minor – American Bach Soloists Academy – San Francisco

August 2015 Sémélé by Marin Marais  American Bach Soloists Academy – San Francisco

June – July 2015 – Chorus in Les Troyens – San Francisco Opera

June 2015 – Encouragement Award Winner – James Toland Vocal Arts Competition

April 2015 – Fourth Place Winner – East Bay Opera League Scholarship Competition

Press

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March 2017: Bard Music West – San Francisco Classical Voice

“She was outstanding: her theatrical timing, tone, and technical control, especially in the highest register, made the music lucid. If this performance is representative, she’d be the star of any cast.”

August 2015: American Bach Soloists Academy – San Francisco Chronicle

“Other standouts in the large cast included baritone Corbin Phillips as Sémélé’s father, Cadmus, and [soprano] Sara LeMesh as Juno…”

August 2015: American Bach Soloists Academy – San Francisco Classical Voice

“[Soprano] Sara LeMesh impressively portrayed the vengeful Juno (Jupiter’s wife in disguise) during her attempts to manipulate Sémélé.”

August 2015: The Opera Tattler – ABS Performs Sémélé

“[Soprano] Sara LeMesh was also particularly vivid in her portrayal of Juno. One did not have to understand the exact words she was singing to know how she felt, the jealously and indignation was palpable.”

August 2015: The Berkeley Daily Planet – A Sumptuous French Opera: Marin Marais’ SÉMÉLÉ

“Juno is ably sung by [Soprano] Sara LeMesh.”

August 2015: The Examiner reviews American Bach Soloists Marathon

“…those who knew the music were definitely not disappointed, not only by the rapturous close harmonies of Grace Srinivasan (soprano) and Sara LeMesh…but also by the deft cello accompaniment of Frédéric Rosselet.”

August 2014 Denève, the TMC Orchestra, and Berlioz

“So diaphanous was the orchestral environment for each of the songs, the young voices could merely whisper and be heard. “Au Cimitière” in particular benefitted from this. Sara Lemesh said the words as much as she spoke them.”

July 2013: The LA Times reviews Stravinsky’s Pulcinella – Matthias Pintscher

“The ballet also has vocal movements; and [Soprano] Sara Lemesh, tenor Mingjie Lei and bass-baritone Keith Colclough sang with earnest expression but were not showy.”

February 2013: New York Times reviews Bard College Singers at Morgan Library

“One of those songs, “Sveitaar, sveimen var Kvieoinen: ‘Koorwei, Koorwei’ ” pushed Sara Lemesh’s plush [Soprano] into expressively guttural depths.”

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