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Sarah Viola, with her clear and graceful voice has delighted audiences in both America and Europe.  She made her Germany debut as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte with the Markgräfler Symphonieorchester in Bavaria.  Of her performance, the Badische Zeitung wrote, “Sarah Viola, having one of the most extensive parts, with her smooth lyric timbre and light American accent, sang her way into the hearts of the spectators.”

Highlights of the young soprano’s career include performing a recital at Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, as well as singing the role of Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance in concert at Alice Tully Hall in New York City. She was a recipient of the Honorable Mention Award as a grand finalist in the Meistersinger Competition in Graz, Austria. Other highlights include originating the role of Giulietta in a new production of Romeo e Giulietta in Città della Pieve, Italy and performing in Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 at Carnegie Hall with the Vienna Philharmonic.

Having over 20 operatic roles in her repertoire ranging from the Baroque to the modern, Sarah is known for her agility as not just a singer, but as an actress and communicator.  Favorite roles include: Despina (Così fan tutte), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Romilda (Serse), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), Belinda (Dido and Aeneus), Valencienne (Merry Widow) and the title role in Handel’s Semele. Ms. Viola has sung with such companies as Opera Santa Barbara, Eugene Opera, Stockton Opera, the New York Lyric Opera, and the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra.

With the New York Choral Artists and Concert Chorale of New York, Sarah has performed at both Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center with the New York Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, and the Royal Concertgeboux.  As a member of these ensembles she has sung under the baton of Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Louis Langrée, Alan Gilbert, Michael Tilson Thomas, John Adams, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, and Mariss Jansons.

Equally at home in the Musical Theater genre, Ms. Viola has enjoyed returning to the stage performing some of her favorite leading ladies. Recent credits include: Eliza (My Fair Lady), Fiona (Brigadoon), Marian Paroo (The Music Man), Sarah Brown (Guys and Dolls), Belle (Beauty and the Beast), Glinda/Aunt Em (The Wizard of Oz), and Mrs. Banks (Mary Poppins) with several companies in the greater Cincinnati area including Cincinnati Landmark Productions, The Carnegie, The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati, and the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra.

Ms. Viola was most recently seen as Guenevere in Camelot with Cincinnati Music Theatre at the Aronoff Center for the Arts. Next up: Sarah reprises the role of Eliza Doolittle with the Dayton Playhouse in September.