Official website of soprano Sara Duchovnay
Sara Duchovnay and Erica Brookhyser lent richness and clarity as Aithra’s servants;
Smaller roles offered two standouts—Won Whi Choi in the role of Da-ud, and Sara Duchovnay as the First Servant...Duchovnay a buttery, supple sound, offering an inviting counterpoint...
...Sara Duchovnay sounded crisp and alluring as...Helen; Duchovnay delivered not one but two stretches of wordless melody with bright, piercing beauty.
Soprano Sara Duchovnay’s rich portrait of Helen Schlegel, the bohemian and madcap photographer, resonated throughout the opera. Dynamic and expressive, Duchovnay sang with warmth and luster, catalyzing the racial and social dilemmas with energy. As a photographer, she moved with “elan,” thus matching her vocal vibrancy
Sara Duchovnay...[is] excellent in the premiere of the chamber opera “Howards End, America.”...Helen Schlegel, portrayed by the clarion-voiced soprano Sara Duchovnay.
...Sara Duchovnay sparkled as her flighty sister Helen.
The most striking moment, both musically and dramatically, was the birth aria, where Duchovnay delivered high arcs of wordless song and open-throated lows, cresting over her contractions as woodwinds arched along with her. The troughs were layered and translucent, low bowing in the strings like waves of sea-foam as the pain receded. It was riveting and unique and moving, and, surprisingly, there is nothing like that scene in all of opera.
Shearer produces stirring arias for Helen (beacon-voiced soprano Sara Duchovnay)