“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.