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SARAH CHALFY is an active performer on a variety of musical stages. A month’s performance schedule will likely encompass venues as various as cathedrals, concert halls, and cabaret joints; repertoire ranging from medieval plainchant to jazz; accompanied by Steinways one week and sacbuts the next. A specialist in premiering new works, she has premiered and continues to tour in the title role in Light and Shadow: Artemisia Gentileschi, conceived and curated by ARTEK’s Gwendolyn Toth and written by Nahma Sandrow. She also premiered the title role in ADA, Kim Sherman’s opera about Ada Lovelace Byron; the role of Nellie Bly in David Friedman/Peter Kellogg’s new musical Stunt Girl; and Madeleine X in the LA world premiere of Michael Gordon’s opera What to Wear, conceived, designed, and directed by avant garde theatre legend Richard Foreman. She has collaborated with some of NYC’s hottest new music ensembles, including Alarm Will Sound, Newspeak, and NOW, premiering works of composers such as Michael Gordon, David T. Little, Judd Greenstein, Missy Mazzoli, John Halle, Joel Derfner and Kim D. Sherman. On the pre-Baroque front, she is a frequent soloist with ARTEK, Early Music New York, and other members of GEMS NY. She has recorded on the Canteloupe, New Amsterdam, and Innova labels. Opera and musical theater credits include Helena (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), Adele (Die Fledermaus), Anne Sexton (Transformations), Vixen (The Cunning Little Vixen) Yum Yum (The Mikado), Guenevere (Camelot), Marian (The Music Man), Carrie (Carousel), and Hodel (Fiddler on the Roof).
Sarah did her MM studies at Manhattan School of Music and her BM at the Peabody Conservatory. She was a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, where she was soloist in Berio’s Sinfonia with Robert Spano and Vivaldi’s Gloria with Craig Smith and the Mark Morris Dance Company. Sarah is recipient of numerous awards, including top prizes in the Lotte Lenya, Rosa Ponselle, Canticum Dominum, and Bach Society of Baltimore competitions, and study grants to the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg and the Académie internationale d’été de Nice.