American soprano Sara Paar is a devoted and spirited performer of contemporary classical music, opera, vocal dance, and music theater. Hailed as “astonishing,” Ms. Paar is a favorite with composers throughout the United States. She is admired for her beautiful voice, stirring and inherent sense of drama, her sensitive and elegant interpretations, and exquisite attention to detail.
Each and every piece was performed with artistry and fine craftsmanship; it was a really beautiful concert…I’m still reeling from the beauty of her performance. – Mary Ann Joyce-Walter, composer
In recent seasons, Ms. Paar has performed both traditional and new works with New York-based opera companies and orchestras. She created the role of Abby in the world premiere of Brian Schober’s opera Dance of the Stones with NeXus Arts. With the One World Symphony, she has performed numerous roles and symphonic works, including the Fox in Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen, Niece 1 in Britten’s Peter Grimes, and the soprano solo in a new orchestral arrangement of Schumann’s “Mondnacht”. Other recent performances of new works include Eurydice in Five Words in a Line’s Orfeo, Eurydice, and the Serpent, a satire of the Orpheus story and Sadie in Brad Kemp and Patrick Keppel’s Triangle, a new music theater piece commemorating the Centennial Anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire.
An avid recitalist, Sara Paar sings a wide range of repertoire, from Mozart to Messiaen. Last season she was the recipient of a grant from the New York Women Composers, Inc. with which she created and performed Human-Nature: Songs for Earth Day, featuring music by Marilyn Bliss, Marie Incontrera, Mary Ann Joyce Walter, Binnette Lipper, Anne Dinsmore Phillips, Kala Pierson, and Hilary Tann. Among last season’s highlights was a recital tour featuring music by composers Olivier Messiaen, Francis Poulenc, Gabriel Fauré, and New York composer Alex Nohai-Seaman.
A native of Wisconsin, Sara Paar received master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Vocal Performance from, respectively, Binghamton University and the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire. She now lives in New York City, where she is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in performance from The Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her major teachers include Stephanie Samaras, Monica Harte, and Mary Burgess. Ms. Paar serves on the music faculty of Kingsborough Community College, CUNY, and is a teacher of singing for the Grammy award-winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus.