Sara Quinn Rivara, mezzo-soprano, has been praised for her “strong, distinctive voice” and “exceptionally rich timbre.” She was the winner of the 1999 Young Vocalist competition from the Kalamazoo Bach Festival Society, and went on to join the Festival as a staff soloist from 2000-2005, performing as a soloist in Mozart’s Requiem, Bach’s Magnificat, Christmas Oratorio, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes de Confessor, Handel’s Messiah, and Bach’s B-Minor Mass. In 2007, she was a founding member of the Aspire Ensemble, a professional classical quartet that regularly tours the Great Lakes region, and has appeared numerous times with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Rivara has sung with Opera Grand Rapids, Camerata Singers, and currently is a member of Resonance Ensemble and the Portland Symphonic Choir. She holds a BA in English and Music from Kalamazoo College, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and children.
Sara has performed in the Light Opera of Portland’s: