Hailed as “nothing short of sensational” by Opera magazine and “a real creature of the stage” by Opera News, soprano Sari Gruber has become a prized artist on American and International stages alike.
She has garnered praise for her revered performances as some of opera’s most beloved characters such as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, which she has performed at such companies as New York City Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Boston Lyric Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Opera Pacific, Kentucky Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, and the Ongaku-Juku Opera Project under the baton of Seiji Ozawa. Noted International performances include Handel’s Samson staged for De Nederlandse Opera, and First Niece in Peter Grimes at both the Saito Kinen Festival (Japan) and Maggio Musicale di Firenze.
Future engagements for Gruber include a return to Pittsburgh Opera to sing Zerlina in a new production of Don Giovanni as well as a return to Arizona Opera to sing Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro. Up next in her active concert schedule, she will appear as a soloist in Mozart’s Requiem with Buffalo Philharmonic and in recital with the Music in a Great Space series in Pittsburgh.
Career highlights include her Lyric Opera of Chicago debut as Alexandra in Regina; Lisette in La Rondine and Miss Hedgehog in the world premiere of Tobias Picker’s The Fantastic Mr. Fox with Los Angeles Opera; Carolina in Il matrimonio segreto, Aricie in Hippolyte et Aricie, and Varvara in Kát’a Kabanová with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis; Vixen in Janácek’s The Cunning Little Vixen at the Chautauqua Institution; Nannetta in Falstaff at New York City Opera; Anne Trulove in Rake’s Progress and Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Lyric Opera of Kansas City; and most recently her role debut as Leïla in The Pearl Fishers with Hawaii Opera Theater.
In her standard repertoire, engagements have included Musetta in La bohème with Opera Colorado, Opera Company of Philadelphia, and Austin Lyric Opera; Despina in Così fan tutte with Pittsburgh Opera, Berkshire Opera and Anchorage Opera; Norina in Don Pasquale with Opera Company of Philadelphia and Boston Lyric Opera; Gilda in Rigoletto with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Connecticut Opera and Toledo Opera; Juliette in Romeo et Juliette with Opera Carolina and Chautauqua Opera; Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel with New York City Opera, Opera Columbus, Omaha Symphony, and for PBS Great Performances telecast from the Juilliard Opera Center.
An extremely sought after and distinguished concert artist, Gruber has appeared with several esteemed symphony orchestras throughout her career, such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra, Handel and Haydn Society, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, ProMusica Chamber Society, Boston Baroque, New York Festival of Song, New York’s Collegiate Chorale, Pacific Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Winston-Salem Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, San Jose Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. With these organizations and many more, she has performed the Soloist in such works as Messiah, Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, Bach’s Mass in B Minor, Handel’s Israel in Egypt, Haydn’s The Creation, Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Telemann’s dramatic cantata, Ino, Schubert’s Shepherd on the Rock, Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras #5, Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music, Handel’s Silete Venti, and with the New York City Ballet in Stravinsky’s Les Noces.
Winner of the 2005 Naumburg Competition, Gruber also keeps a very active recital schedule and over the years has appeared at New York’s Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie, the 92nd Street Y, Miller Theater, Caramoor Festival, San Francisco Performances, Skaneateles Festival, New York Festival of Song, as well in recital at Palm Springs, Carmel, Pensacola, Pittsburgh and Kansas. She has given recitals across the country under the auspices of the Marilyn Horne Foundation. Other credits include a pre-concert recital of Copland’s Poems of Emily Dickinson with the New York Philharmonic, solo recitals in Salt Lake City and Daytona Beach, at Skidmore College, and on San Francisco Opera’s Schwabacher Debut Recital Series.