Praised by Opera News for "her beautiful upper register", soprano Sara Duchovnay continues to garner critical acclaim for her performances across the United States.
In recent seasons, Sara has performed the role Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi with Opera Delaware, Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire with Opera San Jose, Die erste Dienerin in Die ägyptische Helena with Odyssey Opera, Zerlina in Don Giovanni with Opera Santa Barbara, and Rosina in Paisiello’s Il barbiere di Siviglia with West Edge Opera. Other roles in Sara's repertoire include Musetta in La bohème, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, the title role in Alcina, Jemmy in Guillaume Tell, Michäela in Carmen, and Violetta in La traviata. In September 2019, Sara will make her role debut as Nedda in I pagliacci, under the baton of Steven White.
A proponent of contemporary opera, Sara originated the role of Dorothea in Allen Shearer’s opera Middlemarch in Spring with Composers Inc., and was applauded by the San Francisco Chronicle for her “precision and expressive grace”. She also reprised the role of Dorothea with Charlottesville Opera in 2017, and originated the role of Helen in the world premiere of Shearer's most recent opera, Howard's End, America in 2019. She was hailed by the San Francisco Examiner as “clarion-voiced” and praised by the San Francisco Chronicle for her “crisp and alluring” delivery and “bright piercing beauty”. Sara has also performed the roles of Soprano 1 in Philip Glass and Allen Ginsberg’s Hydrogen Jukebox and Della in David Conte’s Gift of the Magi.
Concert experience includes Haydn’s Harmoniemesse with the Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra; Bach’s Magnificat and Vivaldi’s Gloria with the San Francisco Bach Choir, the world premiere of Logan Skelton's "Letters to Santa" with Lyric Fest in Philadelphia, as well as the world premiere of Frank Pesci’s song cycle “Diary of Eve”, which she premiered in Cologne, Germany.
A native of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, Sara holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the Hartt School of Music and a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She was a previous studio artist at Opera Santa Barbara as well as an artist in residence at Opera Saratoga.
In her spare time, Sara volunteers with One Love Foundation, a nonprofit organization that teaches teens and young adults about healthy vs unhealthy relationship behaviors in an effort to combat relationship violence and abuse. She also enjoys sourcing and re-homing antique, vintage, and estate fine jewelry, and can usually be found in an antique store between rehearsals. She and her husband, tenor Clay Hilley, are full-time RV dwellers and drag their home with them from gig to gig. They have crossed the US 3 complete times since October of 2017.