Sarah Beckham, Soprano

Praise

“Sarah Beckham, as Desdemona, brings crystalline clarity to downtrodden wife of Otello. Originally written for European star Isabella Colbran, Rossini’s mistress and soon-to-be wife, her role intensifies as the opera gets going, and her “Willow Song” finale, sung to haunting harp arpeggios, is one of opera’s most heartfelt goodbyes. Beckham looks great, too, in her Maggie-the-cat slip with her hair down, a la Liz Taylor. That she’s comically chased around the bedroom by her knife-wielding husband doesn’t dim her charm nor her immense vocal polish.”  (Otello by Rossini, Opera in the Heights, 2012)
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“Proving to be more than her sequin-bedazzled belt and cute shoes, soprano Sarah Beckham, playing Desdemona, impressed as she seamlessly navigated challenging high notes and cascading arpeggios.” (Otello by Rossini, Opera in the Heights, 2012)
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“As Josephine, the captain’s daughter, soprano Sarah Beckham displayed impressive stamina and strong acting skills, with delightfully exaggerated elocution and ingénue posing. (HMS Pinafore, Opera New Jersey)
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“Soprano Sarah Beckham sings Fiordiligi with undeniable power, using her dramatic vibrato to good effect and expressing her conflicted emotions persuasively.” -Houston Chronicle (Cosi fan Tutte, Opera in the Heights, 2011)
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Sarah Beckham is soulful and affecting as Fiordiligi and brings a bright and gorgeous controlled soprano instrument to the role.”  -Buzz Bellmont  (Cosi fan Tutte, Opera in the Heights, 2011)
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Opera News says, “Sarah Beckham, who sounded good in the brief Klan “soccer mom” role of Tammy, pulled out some fun trick high notes in the audience-participation “11 o’clock” gospel number.”
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Opera News praises Sarah Beckham’s Lauretta as “winsome.” (Gianni Schicchi, New York City Martina Arroyo Foundation 2010)

“Sarah Beckham was both a tough yet fragile Lucia. Her voice reminded me of Italian sopranos of earlier generations. She projected a powerful sound in the higher range…thus heightening the tension…very effective acting…she received a well deserved hearty applause from the audience.” –Seen and Heard International Opera Review” (Lucia di Lammermoor, Opera Institute, Boston 2009)

“Sarah’s performance as Eleanor in the developmental premiere of my opera, ELEANOR ROOSEVELT, by the Lake George Opera Company at Saratoga, “brought to life” a very, gracious and elegant portrayal of “The first lady of the world.” Sarah’s willingness and courage to take on a major new role (on which the complete opera hinged), and her sense of responsibility with complete attention to details made an her ideal singer to premiere new works. As a composer, I also appreciated her excellent ear and vocal technique that enable her to realize contemporary scores with finesse and ease.” –Composer, Persis Parshall Vehar (ASCAP)

Sarah Beckham, Soprano