Soprano Sarah Halmarson recently appeared as Juliette in the Jeunesses Musicales Canada tour of Romeo et Juliette (Gounod). She performed Schubert lieder under the baton of conductor Nicolas Ellis with the Orchestre symphonique de l’Agora in a concert recorded by ICI Musique (Radio-Canada), and was featured on CBC Radio 2 in recital with harpist Kristan Toczko in August 2015. She will present a recital at the Montreal Café d’Art Vocal in 2017.
Active on the concert stage, in the 2014-2015 season Sarah performed Carmina Burana with the Kitchener-Waterloo Grand Philharmonic Choir and Messiah with CAMMAC Ottawa and the Orchestre des jeunes de Montréal. Other oratorio/recital highlights include performances with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (Messiah, Bastien und Bastienne), Winnipeg Royal Ballet (Carmina Burana), Theatre of Early Music (The Heart’s Solace), Against the Grain Theatre (Kafka/Janáček/Kurtág), The Banff Centre (Carmina Burana), Thirteen Strings (Bach Easter Cantatas), Off Centre Music Salon (American Salon), Cluster New Music Festival (After the Outing), Ensemble Arkea (Six thèmes solaires), Ensemble Vocalys (Cantata BWV 147), and The Church of St. Andrew & St. Paul with the OSM Players Association (Bach’s Magnificat).
Equally at ease on the operatic stage, she has performed with Manitoba Opera (Die Zauberflöte), Saskatoon Opera (L’Elisir d’amore, King Arthur), The Banff Centre (Dido and Aeneas), and the FestivalOpéra de Saint-Eustache (Die Zauberflöte). Other roles include Giannetta in L’Elisir d’Amore, Rosina in The Barber of Seville, Despina in Così fan tutte, and Dortchen in The Brothers Grimm.
Sarah was lauded as Honourable Mention in the 2014 Ottawa Choral Society New Discoveries Auditions and is a former First Prize winner of the WMC Doris McLellan Competition. She has also received generous support from the Manitoba Arts Council, Winnipeg Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts. Sarah continues to study voice in the private studio of Marie Daveluy Gordon. She holds both Canadian and American citizenship and is a member of the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association and an apprentice in the Union des Artistes.