Raised in beautiful Niagara Falls, and currently based in Montreal soprano Sarah Dufresne is known for her clarity of tone, rapid coloratura, and diverse repertoire. Most recently she was named the winner of the Pierre Péladeau and Raymonde Chopin Second Prize (Aria Division) at the Concours Musical International de Montréal. She has just completed her 2-year residency at the Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal. Sarah looks forward to the 2022/2023 season where she joins the Royal Opera House’s Jette Parker Artists Programme and debuts on the stage of Covent Garden.
Recently praised for her vocal technique and ease on the stage, Sarah’s 2021/2022 season includes various concert performances with the l’Atelier lyrique, appearing as Messiah soloist for Chorus Niagara, as Anne for Ottawa Choral Society’s performance if Whitbourn’s Annelies, and covering various roles at l’Opéra de Montréal through her resident artist position. This past October, she appeared as Nora in Opéra de Montréal’s season opening production of Vaughn-William’s Riders to the Sea.
Her varied repertoire includes Tytania in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Mrs. Fiorentino in Kurt Weill’s Street Scene, Galatea in Handel’s Acis and Galatea, and Servilia in Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito. Recently, in collaboration with Against the Grain Theater and the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Sarah premiered the role of Rebecca Marshall in their production of Nicole Lizée’s No One’s Safe, a conceptual and immersive murder mystery opera.
Sarah has performed with various companies and orchestras across Canada, including Waterloo Chamber Players, Grand Philharmonic Choir of Kitchener Waterloo, Opera McGill, Halifax Summer Opera, and with Orchestre Metropolitain under the baton of Nicolas Ellis. Sarah has also completed residencies at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Lachine International Vocal Academy, the Stratford Summer Music Program, and the Scuola Giovanni Grasso.
Her desire to express herself through the genre has propelled her development as a multidisciplinary artist. Sarah concurrently channels her passion for building a show from the ground up through directing, as well as performing on stage. Recent directorial projects included a new production of Leonard Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti and Rita by Donizetti. Sarah dreams of reimagining more operas in the future and giving them a modern twist!
Sarah was awarded the top prize of Stingray Music Rising Star in the 2019 l’Opéra de Montréal talent gala. That same year, Sarah was an award winner at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (Buffalo/Toronto District) and earned the prestigious Jacqueline Desmarais Grant for Young Canadian Opera Singers.