Mahler Symphony No. 4
Hailed as "nothing short of sensational" by Opera magazine and "a real creature of the stage" by Opera News, soprano Sari Gruber's voice has been described as "luminous" and "show-stopping great," while her vibrant and passionate portrayals have "lit up the stage" in repertoire ranging from baroque to contemporary works. A prized artist on the international stage, she has garnered praise for her "shining soprano and vibrant presence" (Opera News), her "direct musicality" (New York Times), as well as her "detailed, charming, resourceful and sympathetic" characterizations (Boston Herald).
In the 2011-12 season Sari Gruber is engaged to perform as Leila in The Pearl Fishers with Hawaii Opera Theater; with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra as soloist in Messiah; as soloist with the North Carolina Symphony in a concert entitled "New Year's in Vienna", Grant Llewellyn conducting; and in three separate concerts at the Skaneateles Festival, as soloist in Schubert's Shepherd on the Rock, Villa-Lobos' Bachianas Brasileiras #5, and songs by Andre Previn. She also returns to Oklahoma City Philharmonic for Mahler's Symphony #4, and sings in recital at St. Vincent College. Her 2010-11 season included Musetta in La bohème with Opera Colorado; Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro with Lyric Opera of Kansas City; in Vaughan Williams' Serenade to Music with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at "Tanglewood on Parade"; a return to New York Festival of Song for a concert entitled "Night and Day/USA: Americans Working and Dreaming"; as soloist with Oklahoma City Philharmonic in Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915; in Messiah with Winston-Salem Symphony; as soloist in "The Best of Italian Opera" with Buffalo Philharmonic; and several recitals, including at Queens College's Kupferburg Center in New York City, on the Rodef Shalom Series as well as with the Pittsburgh Song Collaborative at Carnegie Music Hall, both in Pittsburgh. In addition, she performed excerpts from Lori Laitman's new opera The Scarlet Letter, as well as selected songs through Opera America's Salon Series.
Recent highlights include her return to Austin Lyric Opera as Musetta; Messiahs with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, Handel & Haydn Society and ProMusica Chamber Orchestra; Vixen in Janácek's The Cunning Little Vixen at the Chautauqua Institution; several programs with New York Festival of Song, including "Where We Came From" and "A Bernstein and Bolcom Celebration"; Susanna with Pittsburgh Opera; her debut with Arizona opera as Zerlina in Don Giovanni; her return to Boston Baroque for Haydn's The Creation; soloist in Handel's Israel in Egypt with New York's Collegiate Chorale and with New York City Ballet in Stravinsky's Les Noces; Susanna with North Carolina Symphony; Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the Skaneateles Chamber Orchestra; Bach cantatas with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and an appearance with the Grand Tour Orchestra in a scene from Telemann's dramatic cantata, Ino; and the North American premiere of two works for soprano and strings by Baldassarre Galuppi.
Sari Gruber's operatic highlights include Alexandra in Regina for her debut with Lyric Opera of Chicago; Lisette in La Rondine and Miss Hedgehog in the world premiere of Tobias Picker's The Fantastic Mr. Fox with Los Angeles Opera; and Carolina in Il matrimonio segreto, Aricie in Hippolyte et Aricie, and Varvara in Kát'a Kabanová with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. She has performed the role of Susanna with New York City Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Pacific, Kentucky Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, and the Ongaku-Juku Opera Project under the baton of Seiji Ozawa; Nannetta in Falstaff at New York City Opera; Despina in Così fan tutte with Pittsburgh Opera, Berkshire Opera and Anchorage Opera; Norina with opera Company of Philadelphia and Boston Lyric Opera; Gilda in Rigoletto with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Connecticut Opera and Toledo Opera; Anne Trulove in Rake’s Progress and Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with Lyric Opera of Kansas City; Musetta with Opera Company of Philadelphia and Opera East Texas; Juliette with Opera Carolina and Chautauqua Opera; and Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel with New York City Opera, Opera Columbus, Omaha Symphony, and for PBS Great Performances telecast from the Juilliard Opera Center. She performed in Handel's Samson staged for De Nederlandse Opera, and as First Niece in Peter Grimes at both the Saito Kinen Festival (Japan) and Maggio Musicale di Firenze.
Ms. Gruber is equally in demand on the concert stage and has sung performances of Messiah with both the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra under Jane Glover and with Boston Baroque. She has also performed Mahler's Symphony No. 4 with the Columbus Symphony, Bach's Mass in B Minor at Columbia University, and Handel’s Silete Venti and other cantatas with Portland Baroque. Additional concert credits include performances with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, San Jose Symphony, and Jacksonville Symphony.
Winner of the 2005 Naumburg Competition, Ms. Gruber has appeared in recital at New York's Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie, the 92nd Street Y, Miller Theater, Caramoor Festival, San Francisco Performances, Skaneateles Festival, New York Festival of Song, as well in recital Palm Springs, Carmel, Pensacola, Pittsburgh and Kansas. She has given recitals across the country under the auspices of the Marilyn Horne Foundation. Other credits include a pre-concert recital of Copland's Poems of Emily Dickinson with the New York Philharmonic, solo recitals in Salt Lake City and Daytona Beach, at Skidmore College, and on San Francisco Opera's Schwabacher Debut Recital Series.