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Praised by Opera News for the “clear beauty” of her voice and her “spot-on comic timing,” mezzo-soprano Sarah Nordin brings an exquisite blend of vocal artistry and strong dramatic instincts to a variety of repertoire across opera and concert stages. Ms. Nordin’s 2018-2019 season featured several role debuts including Dama in Macbeth at Opera Tampa, and The Conductor – a role written specifically for her – in the world premiere of Dan Montez’s In bocca al lupo! at Taconic Opera. This season, Ms. Nordin also returned to Opera Tampa in one of her signature roles, Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, Carmen in Carmen with The Missouri Symphony and sang Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Opera Orlando, Geneva Light Opera and The Gulf Coast Symphony in Fort Myers, FL. Upcoming engagements include Maddelena in Rigoletto with St Petersburg Opera and Gulf Coast Symphony, Buttercup in Pirates of Penzance with First Coast Opera and Nicklaus / Muse in Tales of Hoffman with Opera Tampa.
An accomplished Mozartean, Ms. Nordin has garnered critical acclaim for her interpretation of several of the composer’s most memorable roles. Recently, she made her debut as Zerlina in Don Giovanni at Opera Orlando and Geneva Light Opera. She has sung Dorabella in Così fan tutte a number of times, including at Opera Tampa, Winter Opera of St. Louis, and Opera Orlando. The St. Louis Post praised her “rich mezzo-soprano that fit Mozart’s music like a glove” and Ladue News called her singing “uniformly splendid.” She has also appeared as Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro at Opera del West and Long Island Opera and Nickel City Opera, as Marcellina at Hubbard Hall Opera Theatre, and as Third Lady in the The Magic Flute with Salt Marsh Opera. Her upcoming Mozart role is Zerlina in Don Giovanni with Nickel City Opera in 2020.
Other notable recent engagements for the mezzo-soprano include Charlotte in Werther with Gulfshore Opera, the title role in Carmen with Livingston Symphony Orchestra, Missouri Symphony Orchestra and Gulfshore Opera, Komponist in Ariade auf Naxos with St. Petersburgh Opera, Alma March in Little Women at Opera North, Zita in Gianni Schicchi at Hubbard Hall Opera Theatre, and both Meg in Falstaff and Isabella in L’Italiana in Algeri at Taconic Opera. The Finger Lakes Times praised her recent portrayal of Prince Orlofsky with Geneva Light Opera as “lush-voiced” and “outstanding.” Additionally, Ms. Nordin created the role of Mary Eden Thompson in the regional three-year tour of the new musical The Circuit Rider’s Wife and can be heard on its original cast recording.
She has appeared in The Metropolitan Opera’s productions of Les Troyens, Parsifal, Otello, Boris Godunov, Nabucco, and Turandot as a member of their professional ensemble. She has performed in three of The Met Live in HD Broadcasts and toured with The Met to Japan in 2012. She has also toured internationally as a soloist with the American Spiritual Ensemble.
Ms. Nordin has participated in several prestigious Young Artist programs, among them Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Central City Opera, Caramoor, Opera North, and Opera Orlando. She is also an award-winning ballroom dancer, accomplished french horn player, and costume designer.