A native of St. Paul Minnesota, soprano Sara Gartland earned raves as the title character in Jenufa with the Des Moines Metro Opera. Opera News exclaimed, “an exciting breakthrough performance from Sara Gartland in the title role…As Janáček’s heartrending heroine, Gartland displayed a most individual timbre and a considerable reserve of lyric weight in midrange. Her prayer in Act II was ineffable. Gartland has always been an appealing singer; here she emerged as a complete artist.” Ms. Gartland’s 2019-2020 season included the cover of Rusalka with Canadian Opera Company, Gretel in Hansel und Gretel with San Diego Opera, Beethoven’s Mass in C with the Jacksonville Symphony, and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with Minnesota Opera. This season includes her appearance in Austin Opera’s All Star Concert, her role debut as Lisa in Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades and a workshop of A Thousand Acres with Des Moines Metro Opera, and cancelled performances as Countess Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro with The Dallas Opera.
Engagements for the 2018-2019 season included Micäela in Carmen and Musetta in La bohème with The Dallas Opera, Violetta in La Traviata with Arizona Opera, and Marie in Wozzeck with Des Moines Metro Opera. The 2017-2018 season for Ms. Gartland included appearing in concert with The Dallas Opera’s Institute for Women Conductors, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus with Utah Opera, and Rusalka with Des Moines Metro Opera. Other recent engagements include the title role of Rusalka with Arizona Opera, the cover of Adalgisa in Norma with The Dallas Opera, Musetta in La bohème in her role and company debut with San Diego Opera, Marzelline in Fidelio with Opera Omaha, the title role in Jenufa and Juliette in Roméo et Juliette with the Des Moines Metro Opera, Violetta in La Traviata and Curley’s Wife in Of Mice and Men with Utah Opera, Adina in L’elisir d’amore with Austin Lyric Opera, Josephine in HMS Pinafore with Arizona Opera, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel with Opera San Jose, and the cover of Pat Nixon in Nixon in China with San Francisco Opera.