March 23 & 24, 2017
Praised by Opera News for the “agility with which she negotiated her beautiful upper register,” soprano Sara Duchovnay (Dorothea Brooke) continues to garner critical acclaim for her performances across the country. In 2015 she originated the role of Dorothea in Middlemarch in Spring with Composers Inc. and is proud to reprise the role as she makes her debut with Charlottesville Opera. She recently appeared in Guillaume Tell (Jemmy) and Abduction from the Seraglio (Blonde) with the Southern Illinois Music Festival; in A Streetcar Named Desire (Stella) and Falstaff (Nannetta) with Opera San Jose; in Don Giovanni (Zerlina) with Opera Santa Barbara; in The Gift of the Magi (Della) and La bohème (Musetta) with Hidden Valley Opera Ensemble; in Paisiello’s Il barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina) and Hydrogen Jukebox (Soprano 1) with West Edge Opera; in Ariadne auf Naxos (Zerbinetta) and Le nozze di Figaro (Susanna) with Pacific Opera Project; and in Abduction from the Seraglio (Blonde) and Ariadne auf Naxos (Naiad) with Festival Opera. Equally at home on the concert stage, Duchovnay has been a featured soloist with the Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra, the Nash Baroque Ensemble, and the San Francisco Bach Choir. She 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.