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.” Engagements for last 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 2019-2020 season sees her as 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.


In recent seasons, she has sung Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus with Utah Opera, Rusalka with Des Moines Metro Opera and Arizona Opera, covered Adalgisa in Norma with The Dallas Opera, made her role and company debut with San Diego Opera as Musetta in La bohème, performed Marzelline in Fidelio with Opera Omaha, sang the title role in Jenufa with Des Moines Metro Opera, Violetta in La Traviata with Utah Opera, Adina in L’elisir d’amore with Austin Lyric Opera, Josephine in HMS Pinafore with Arizona Opera, Gretel in Hansel und Gretel with Opera San Jose, and Juliette in Roméo et Juliette with Des Moines Metro Opera. Other recent engagements include performances of Micaëla in Carmen, Pat/Ann in the world premiere of Christopher Theofandis’ Heart of a Soldier, and Gerhilde in Die Walküre with San Francisco Opera, and with the Merola Opera Program as Suzel in Pietro Mascagni’s L’amico Fritz. Additionally, she has performed Curley’s Wife in Of Mice and Men with Utah Opera, Alexandra in Regina with Des Moines Metro Opera, Norina in Don Pasquale with Opera Iowa, and Elisabeth Bennet in the world premiere of Pride and Prejudice with The Ohio Light Opera.

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"San Diego Opera General Director David Bennett assembled a solid vocal cast, including singers who have become welcome regulars in the company. Sara Gartland, who sang Musetta in the the 2015 La bohème, used her clear, bright soprano to portray a pert, sincere Gretel,...


"THERE WERE SURPRISES on July 14 with Kristine McIntyre’s emotionally shattering mounting of Alban Berg’s seminal twelve-tone masterpiece Wozzeck.  . . Baritone Michael Mayes created a magnificently rendered portrait of the bedeviled protagonist that was heart-wrenchin...


"If any further proof were needed that Des Moines Metro Opera is at the forefront of operatic excellence in America, their theatrically searing, musically impeccable Wozzeck would cement this assertion. I am happy to report that although I have only ever seen good prod...


“The audience at the performance I attended on July 6, was open to the risk DMMO took and rewarded them with their applause. The applause after the 90-minute show would not stop. DMMO had to lower the "curtain" and turn on the house lights before the applause would die...


"Gartland’s sparkling upper range provided all the evidence necessary for her character’s unwavering virtue in the Act III aria, “Je dis que rien ne m’épouvante.”"

-Opera News 

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