Sara Schabas makes her debut with Pacific Opera Victoria in the role of Dukdukdiya, the Hummingbird, in The Flight of the Hummingbird, a new opera for young audiences, co-commissioned and co-produced by Pacific Opera Victoria and Vancouver Opera, which is touring BC schools in early 2020.
Sara was raised in Toronto, whose name is likely derived from the Iroquois “Tkaronto,” meaning “place where trees stand in the water.” Toronto is on the traditional land of Mississaugas of the Credit, Anishnabeg, Chippewa, Haudenosaunee, Wendat and other peoples. Her mother was born in South Africa and her father in Toronto, both to parents of Eastern-European Jewish and British origins.
Sara was a 2019 Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, 2018 winner of the Career Blueprint Award from the International Resource Centre for the Performing Arts, and the 2019/20 recipient of the Hnatyshyn Foundation Grant or Classical Vocal Performance.
During the 2019/20 season debuts as a soloist with the Bach-Elgar Choir in Handel’s Messiah; performs Anne Frank in the world première of Cecilia Livingston’s Singing Only Softly with Loose Tea Music Theatre; and sings First Witch and covers Belinda in Dido and Aeneas with the Concentus Musicus Wien at the Internationale Barocktage Melk.
A graduate of the University of Toronto and Roosevelt University, Sara produced the Canadian premières of Jake Heggie’s one-act Holocaust operas Another Sunrise and Farewell, Auschwitz, and has worked to bring music to hospital patients and people living with Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Currently based in Vienna, Schabas is continuing her studies with Michael Schade and Neil Semer.