A true singing actress, soprano Sarah Beckham has earned critical acclaim for being “soulful and affecting. . . with a bright and gorgeous controlled soprano.” Highlights of the 2011-2012 season include Fiordiligi in Così fan Tutte with Asheville Lyric Opera and Opera in the Heights, Mìmì in La Bohème and Countess in The Marriage of Figaro with Center City Opera Theater, and Frasquita in Carmen with Lyric Opera Virginia. For her performance as Fiordiligi with Opera in the Heights, the Houston Chronicle noted “Sarah Beckham sings with undeniable power . . . expressing her conflicted emotions persuasively.” Upcoming engagements for 2012 include Josephine in HMS Pinafore with Opera New Jersey, Desdemona in Rossini’s Otello with Opera in the Heights, and the roles Tammy and Ava in Michael Ching’s opera Slaying the Dragon to be performed as part of the Opera America conference.
In past seasons, Ms Beckham has performed with companies such as Opera New Jersey, where she sang Anna Gomez in Menotti’s The Consul; Sarasota Opera, where she performed the Dew Fairy in Hansel und Gretel and covered Nedda in I Paglicacci and Pamina in Die Zauberflöte; Lake George Opera, where Ms. Beckham sang the title role in the world premiere of Persis Pershall Vehar’s Opera Eleanor Roosevelt, after which the composer stated that “Sarah brought to life a very, gracious and elegant portrayal of the first lady of the world.”; the Martina Arroyo Foundation mainstage, where she appeared as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro and Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi. For the latter performance, Opera News lauded her as “winsome”. In 2009, Sarah was proud to appear as Fiordilgi with her hometown opera company, Amarillo Opera. She has subsequently returned to perform as Elena in Nino Rota’s The Italian Straw Hat. Ms Beckham has also appeared with Opera North, New York Lyric Opera, and Concert Opera Boston.
Sarah completed her Masters degree and Artist Diploma at Boston University in 2009. With the Opera Institute, Ms. Beckham was seen as Musetta in La Bohème, The Lady with a Hand-Mirror in Postcard from Morocco, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Laura in the world premiere of Hostage, and the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor, which “received a well deserved hearty applause from the audience” (Seen and Heard International Opera Review). A native of Texas, Ms. Beckham received a B.M. from Baylor University.