Soprano Sara Hagenbuch is active as a soloist and choral singer in San Francisco Bay Area with groups such as the Handel Opera Project, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Black Box Baroque, Opera Theater Unlimited, and the St. Dominic's Schola Cantorum. Her most recent performances include Drusilla in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea with Opera Theater Unlimited, and Morgana in Handel's Alcina with Black Box Baroque. As Morgana, Sara was praised by San Francisco Classical Voice for her “well-grounded voice…Her trills and ornaments were excellent, and her lively 'Tornami a vagheggiar' left more than one audience member humming at intermission.”
This coming season, Sara looks forward to a recital of Christmas and Epiphany music with soprano Katrina Zosseder on January 7, at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church in San Francisco. The program will feature Baroque duets and works by Bach, Britten, Michael Head, Edmund Rubbra, and Kevin Oldham.
Sara is the founder and director of Bay Area opera company Black Box Baroque. Black Box Baroque performs Baroque opera in intimate spaces with the highest caliber musicians and a focus on bringing the story to life. Productions take place in small black box theaters with snacks, drinks, seats close to action, and a casual, welcoming atmosphere. As an entrepreneur, Sara has been described as “nothing if not daring” for her bold repertoire choices in small spaces (Exotic and irrational entertainment).
Ms. Hagenbuch is passionate about early music and historical performance practice, particularly the music of G.F. Handel. She has spent two summers at the Amherst Early Music Festival where she performed as a soloist in Schütz's Musikalische Exequien, worked with renowned soprano Julianne Baird, and most recently studied Medieval French polyphony under the tutelage of vocal quartet Anonymous 4. Sara attended the Madison Early Music Festival in summer 2015, where she joined the opera workshop in a staged performance of Monteverdi madrigals and was a soloist in Pál Esterházy’s Harmonia Caelestis.
Sara’s favorite Handel roles include Dalinda (Ariodante), Dorinda (Orlando), Seleuce (Tolomeo), and Antigona (Admeto). Other roles include Dircé (Cherubini's Médée) with the Handel Opera Project, Despina (Così fan tutte) and Sister Anne of the Cross (Dialogues of the Carmelites) at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, La Chauve-Souris (L’enfant et les sortilèges) and Arminda (La finta giardiniera) at Ithaca College, and Suor Genovieffa (Suor Angelica) with Bay Area Summer Opera Theater. During her studies in New York, Ms. Hagenbuch was a featured soloist with the Ithaca College Choir in John Corigliano's Fern Hill, and with the Ithaca College Wind Ensemble in Michael Daugherty's What's that Spell?, a pop cantata for two Barbie-sopranos.
Ms. Hagenbuch is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with a Master's Degree in Voice Performance. She received her Bachelor's degree summa cum laude from Ithaca College in Voice Performance with a minor in Communication Disorders. Sara currently studies with mezzo-soprano Catherine Cook in San Francisco.