Biography

Raised in beautiful Niagara Falls and currently based in Montreal Quebec, Sarah Dufresne is a Canadian coloratura soprano known for her clarity of tone, rapid coloratura and diverse repertoire. Sarah is currently an artist in residence with the Atelier Lyriques at l'Opéra de Montréal. Sarah completed her Masters of Music in Voice and Opera at the Schulich School of Music, McGill University. 
She has recently competed in the Talent 2019 Gala, the finals for the Atelier Lyriques at Opéra de Montréal and was awarded the Stingray Rising Star Audience choice award. 
Sarah completed a five week residency as part of the Opera in the 21st Century program at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. There Sarah had the opportunity to create and perform the role of 'Rebecca Marshall' in the immersive murder- mystery opera 'No One's Safe' (Mozart/Nicole Lizee/Ivany) directed by Joel Ivany and music directed by Topher Mokrewski. 
During her stay in Banff Sarah also participated and performed in the ensemble for the world premiere of 'Silent Light' (Paola Prestini/ Royce Vavrek). Directed by Thaddeus Strassberger and music directed by Christopher Rountree.
 
In the 2018/19 Metropolitan Opera Council National Auditions  (Buffalo/Toronto) Sarah was awarded an Encouragement Award. She was also a two time finalist for the prestigious Wirth Vocal Prize at McGill University and was awarded a Student Excellence Fellowship in her time there. 
Besides singing opera, Sarah enjoys directing it. Having designed and directed the productions 'Rita'  and 'Trouble in Tahiti' through the Opera McGill Horizon's Project as well as the production 'Expectations' with 23Degree Theatre in Montreal, Sarah enjoys building a production. She enjoys having her vision come to life and experiencing all the exciting breakthroughs and challenges along the way.
 
Sarah has participated in festivals such as The Lachine International Voice Festival (Lachine, Quebec) Opera in the 21st Century (Banff Centre) the Accademia Europea dell’Opera (Lucca, Italy), The Stratford Summer Music Festival (Ontario) and the Halifax summer Opera festival (Nova Scotia). She has recently sung in masterclasses with Amanda Forsythe, Patrizia Ciofi, Kathleen Kelly and Daniel Okulich.
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