Sarah Nelson Craft
Mezzo-soprano Sarah Nelson Craft has received wide acclaim for her solo and operatic performances. Opera News hailed her as “exquisite… glowing… genuine” at Carnegie Hall and praised her “warm, rich voice [that] brought out the magic” as Dorabella with LoftOpera.
Known for her vibrant and engaging storytelling abilities, she has been presented in recital by Carnegie Hall, Five Boroughs Music Festival, Brooklyn Art Song Society, Music Academy of the West, and at universities around the country, collaborating with some of the most notable pianists including Warren Jones and Martin Katz. She’ll bring her passion for both chamber music and early music to the stage this season when she tours a program of Bach arias and Harbison songs throughout Southern California with the chamber ensemble Camerata Pacifica. Also upcoming is a performance of the title role in Handel’s Solomon with New York Baroque, Inc. and Amor Artis Chorus.
Concert highlights include her Lincoln Center debut in 2012 as both alto and soprano II soloist in Bach’s Mass in B minor with the National Chorale at Avery Fisher Hall, Mozart’s Coronation Mass with the American Classical Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall, Vivaldi’s Gloria with the Masterworks Festival Chorus at Carnegie Hall, Mahler’s Symphony No.2 with the New Jersey Festival Orchestra, Joseph Canteloube’s Chants d’Auvergne with the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, and a number of performances with Princeton Pro Musica including Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and Beethoven’s Symphony No.9.
On the opera stage she has performed the title roles in La Cenerentola, Cendrillon, Dido and Aeneas, and Hansel and Gretel, as well as Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Annio in La clemenza di Tito, Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Nancy in Albert Herring. She most recently brought her “pleasing, well-formed mezzo” (Opera UK) to the challenging role of Piramo in Johann Adolph Hasse’s Piramo e Tisbe with The Little Opera Theatre of NY. Ms. Craft has also performed with companies including the Caramoor International Music Fesitval, New York City Opera, Opera North, Fargo-Moorhead Opera, and the Macau International Music Festival.