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 performed as a featured artist with Bard Music West. In addition to singing, Sara is the founder of Ayuda Care, a place for seniors and their families to find accessible activities, ranging from music concerts to yoga in the park.

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

August 2018 West Edge Opera Gala & Fundraiser

Spring 2019 – Top Secret New Music Project (Stay tuned!!!!)

Recent Appearances

March 2018 – Bard Music West – Selections of George Crumb’s “Apparition” and American songs by Copland, Ruggles, Luening and Grant Still

December 2017 Live at Mission Blue Concert Series – Solo recital with pianist Allegra Chapman

Live at Mission Blue Concert Series; Allegra Chapman, piano; photograph by Kevin Fryer

July 2017 – Mendocino Music Festival – Performing the role of Norina in the opera Don Pasquale

March 2017 Bard Music West – Mysteries of the Macabre (Ligeti) with Allegra Chapman, Pianist – Noe Valley Ministry – San Francisco, CA

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

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March 2015 The Computer Kid’s Magic Night – Solo Opera; Concord, CA

March 2015 – Volti – San Francisco, CA

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

April 2018: Bard Music West – San Francisco Classical Voice

“Soprano Sara LeMesh welcomed this grim reaper with a warm, gentle delivery of the opening line. Her shadowy dress and matching black lipstick made a striking, somewhat uncanny impression; in a particularly chilling moment, the soprano addressed the audience directly to sing Whitman’s text that death comes “to all, to each.” The movement closed with a second invocation to Death, this time with LeMesh allowing Crumb’s vocal line to droop slowly and delicately, like a browned leaf floating to the ground.”

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 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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