Hailed as a “singing machine” (SF Civic Center Blog), soprano Sara LeMesh is “in demand” and “known in the world of classical and contemporary opera for lush tone, exceptional high-register clarity, dramatic breadth, and fearless command in roles offering unpredictable vulnerability” (San Francisco Classical Voice). She resides in her hometown of San Francisco where she impresses audiences with a “strikingly expressive soprano of feathery beauty and penetrating effect” (OperaChaser).
The soprano’s most recent triumph on the operatic stage occurred at West Edge Opera in August 2019 where she portrayed Bess McNeil in the West Coast premiere of Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek’s award-winning opera, Breaking The Waves. LeMesh’s interpretation was praised as a “powerhouse performance of vocal majesty and expressive translucency” (San Francisco Chronicle). The soprano’s “extraordinary realization of Bess” featured “a woman of passion and self-doubt, flaws, and aspirations” with “singing [which] soars and swoons” (San Francisco Classical Voice).
An avid chamber musician and advocate of contemporary music, LeMesh performs in a duo called Chordless with acclaimed pianist Allegra Chapman and as a regularly featured soloist in Bard Music West, Chapman’s groundbreaking contemporary music festival. The duo will premiere its first commissioned song cycle by composer Benjamin Pesetsky in 2020.
The “plush” soprano (New York Times) has performed at prestigious venues and festivals throughout the United States and Europe, including The Morgan Library & Museum, Aspen Music Festival, Tanglewood Music Center, Music Academy of the West, American Bach Soloists, and International Summer Academy of the Mozarteum Salzburg where she studied with Italian bass-baritone Ruggero Raimondi.
When she isn’t singing in traditional venues, you can find LeMesh performing in prisons, rehab centers and nursing homes with Bay Area-based nonprofit, Bread & Roses Presents. In addition to classical music, LeMesh composes songs for piano and voice in the style of Kate Bush, one of her biggest musical inspirations.
LeMesh received her Master of Music degree from the Bard College-Conservatory of Music where she coached with soprano Dawn Upshaw and Bachelor of Music degree from Rice University. She resides in Oakland, CA with her partner and rescue dog, Rosie.