Sara Duchovnay, soprano

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Barbiere di siviglia (Paisiello) / west edge opera / February 2016

The score’s most involved and rewarding vocal assignment goes to Rosina, and happily, soprano Sara Duchovnay was the standout in the cast as well. In a series of elegant showpieces, including a broadly lyrical aria to end Act 1 and a sumptuous number for her phony music lesson in Act 2, Duchovnay brought tonal purity and shapely phrasing to the role.
— Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle
 

gift of the magi / hidden valley opera / december 2015

The performance was carried beautifully by Sara Duchovnay’s Della and Ryan Bradford’s Jim – the two singers once again paired together less than two months after appearing as Zerlina and Masetto in Opera Santa Barbara’s Don Giovanni. Duchovnay’s light, honeyed soprano and Bradford’s warm, sumptuous baritone suited the music magnificently, and they were thoroughly believable, adorable and tender as the doting young couple...
— Paminasopera.com
A particular delight was the play between “Jim” and “Della.” As newlyweds, they were more than appropriately flirty and loving. Duchovnay and Bradford...delivered believable chemistry from the highest of highs in expressing their love to the struggle over the giving of just the right “gift.” Their acting more than matched their vocal talent without looking “directed.”
— MaryClare Martin, Peninsula Reviews
 

Don Giovanni / Opera Santa Barbara / November 2015

Ryan Bradford and Sara Duchovnay excelled at developing the ups and downs of this tension-ridden match
— Charles Donelan, Santa Barbara Independant
 

ARIADNE Auf naxos / festival opera / June 2015

The nymphs, in the guise of Sara Duchovnay, Betany Coffland and Molly Wilson, made celestial sounds.
— Allan Ulrich, San Francisco Chronicle
...certainly there were standouts....The trio of Sara Duchovnay (Naiad), Betany Coffland (Dryad), and Molly Wilson (Echo) was delightful. They blended their voices beautifully and moved gracefully.
— Charlise Tiee, San Francisco Classical Voice
Soprano Sara Duchovnay was a vibrant Naiad.
— James Roy MacBean, Berkeley Daily Planet
 

Ariadne auf naxos / Pacific opera project / may 2015

...led by burlesque charmer Zerbinetta (a radiantly voiced Sara Duchovnay)...
— Falling James, LA Weekly
Sara Duchovnay’s Zerbinetta (and her legs) were a standout in every way—an impeccable vocal performance was delivered while romping, mugging, and seducing everyone on stage (and some of the audience).
— Pasadena Independant
Duchovnay not only makes the saucy Zerbinetta irresistible, she leads her chorus of clowns and water nymphs through dizzying bel canto labyrinths, turning one of opera’s most demanding roles into a seemingly effortless delight.
— Mark Hein, TheatreGhost.com
As usual, Zerbinetta is an audience favorite, and Duchovnay earns their affection. Flirty and fun-loving Duchovany’s Zerbinetta is also the smartest person in every room. Zerbinetta’s extended aria in the second act is one of the most treacherous in the coloratura repertoire. Duchovnay’s silvery tone and dexterity make the vocal fireworks seem easy—trickier than usual as the staging incorporates the three Nymphs and audience volunteers.
— Michael Van Duzer, StageMag.com
Duchovnay is a charismatic stage creature....she was a fascinating Zerbinetta. When she was onstage all eyes were upon her.
— Maria Nockin, OperaToday.com
Sara Duchovnay’s Zerbinetta was the right shade of cheeky; her voice suffused the score with an airy flirtation.
— RD Foster, Examiner.com

Middlemarch in spring / composers inc. / March 2015

The six-member cast, which included not a single weak link, gave Shearer’s music the vividness it deserved. Soprano Sara Duchovnay sang with precision and expressive grace as Dorothea.
— Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle
The singers were wonderful as well. With soprano Sara Duchovnay presenting a pure voiced Dorothea.
— Jaime Robles, Bachtrack.com
The cast is first rate: as Dorothea, SFCM graduate Sara Duchovnay carries the opera on her shoulders. She’s off stage for only a few scenes, and is the center of attention most of the time, with the most dramatic arias.
— Cedric Westphal, SFist.com
Soprano Sara Duchovnay exposed the complex character of the winningly idealistic heroine, Dorothea: “Oh Beauty, truth…show me the way!” she implored, creating intimacy even in the extremes of her range – and there was one moment when she realized that her husband was dead and spilled from high cries down to devastatingly low wails.
— Adam Broner, RepeatPerformances.com

Hydrogen Jukebox / West Edge Opera / July 2014

...transfixing, especially as delivered by a superb cast...soprano Sara Duchovnay, mezzo-soprano Nicole Takesono and tenor Jonathan Blalock made sweet-toned, vigorous contributions both individually and to the choral sections
— Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle
Duchovnay, who was impressive throughout, here topped the ensemble like a macabre Maraschino.
— Jessica Balik, San Francisco Classical Voice
...the resonances of Sara Duchovnay (Soprano I) were pleasing.
— The Opera Tattler
Soprano Sara Duchovnay displayed solid high notes and a strong, bright-edged sound.
— Not For Fun Only Blog

Falstaff / Opera San José / September 2013

Duchovnay was not the most innocent of Nannettas, but the agility with which she negotiated her beautiful upper range was a distinct asset.
— Jason Victor Serinus, Opera News

Le nozze di Figaro / Pacific Opera Project / April 2013

 
Three gorgeous sopranos drive the show...First is our heroine Susanna, played by Sara Duchovnay. She is fun to watch as she prances and teases and pouts and angers, all without missing a note.
— Georja Umano, Splash Magazine Los Angeles

La bohème / Hidden Valley Opera / September 2012

Sara Duchovnay as the feisty flirt Musetta turned in a magnificent performance, especially in the flashy café scene, which features the show-stopping aria “Musetta’s Waltz”.
— Barbara Rose Shuler, Monterey Herald

Sara Duchovnay was a shining Musetta, with elegant beauty and a light, honeyed soprano that contrasted perfectly with Ms. Davis’s girl-next-door charms and richer tone, and who made the character sassy, sensual and spunky, yet always human, never a caricature. This Musetta was unquestionably in love with Marcello and distraught by their breakup even as she pretended to laugh in his face.
— Pamina’s Opera House

Musetta was played by Sara Duchovnay, and she stole the show during the “Musetta’s Waltz” scene by her musical pyrotechnics as well as her inspired acting abilities.
— Jeff DeMarco, Peninsula Reviews

Sara Duchovnay spectacularly knocks socks off, in more ways than one, as “Musetta.”
— Katie Shain, Cedar Street Times

Among the fine cast members are sopranos Rebecca Davis and Sara Duchovnay, plus a startlingly gifted, award-winning tenor discovery, Ben Gulley.
— Scott MacClelland, San Francisco Classical Voice
 

Bach Magnificat and Vivaldi Gloria / San Francisco Bach Choir / March 2012

Most impressive, however, was the duo and particularly trio work. Paulino, Duchovnay, and Couden were thoroughly captivating in their account of “Suscepit Israel” in BWV 243, while Paulino and Duchovnay endowed Vivaldi’s “Laudamus te” with just the right level of “enthusiasm of the faithful”.
— Stephen Smoliar, Examiner

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