Faculty Profile

Sarah  Gartshore

Adjunct Instructor in Music

VUCA 2518
773-322-8672
Sarah.Gartshore@valpo.edu


Biography

Canadian soprano Sarah Gartshore was recently selected as one of Symphony Magazine’s emerging artists. Her performance of excerpts from Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress with the Richmond Symphony (VA) inspired the Times-Dispatch to write, “Soprano Sarah Gartshore sang the arias with strong characterization, full-bodied tone and unusually clear diction, promising some fine portrayals of Anne Trulove in future productions of this opera.”

As a Santa Fe Apprentice Artist, Ms. Gartshore made her debut with Santa Fe Opera as the First Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and returned for a second season to cover the roles of Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Così fan tutte and Thalie/La Folie in Rameau’s Platée. The Chicago Sun-Times praised Ms. Gartshore as “delightful” in her multiple roles as Madame Herz in Mozart’s Der Schauspieldirektor and Tonina in Salieri’s Prima la Musica, poi le Parole following one of her many collaborations with Jane Glover and Chicago’s Music of the Baroque.  Her portrayal of the desperate Magda, described by Opera Canada as “startlingly dramatic” was a highlight of Chamber Opera Chicago’s recent production of Menotti’s The Consul.

Recent performances include a debut with the Grammy nominated Chicago Chamber Musicians singing Scarlatti’s Su le sponde del Tebro, her Symphony Center debut with the Apollo Chorus performing Brahms’ Requiem,Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with American Opera Group, Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen with Chamber Opera Chicago, Santuzza in Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana with the Skokie Valley Symphony (IL), the title role in the Chicago premiere of Barber’s Vanessa with Chamber Opera Chicago, Brahms’ Requiem with the Kingston Symphony (ON), and Messiah with the Algoma Chamber Singers (ON). Last summer she performed the role of Lily Craven in the Southwest Michigan Symphony’s production of The Secret Garden.

Much in demand on the concert stage, Ms. Gartshore’s expansive repertoire includes performances of Dvorak’s Mass with the International Choral Arts Festival of Jihlava in the Czech Republic, Messiah with the Richmond and Jacksonville Symphony Orchestras, Haydn’s Heiligmesse, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and the Te Deum’s of Delalande and Charpentier with Music of the Baroque, Brahms’ Requiem and Mahler’s Fourth Symphony with the Richmond Symphony, Mahler’s Second Symphony and Verdi’s Requiem with the Muncie Symphony (IN),  and Countess Almaviva in a concert reading of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro with the Northbrook Symphony (IL). As a nine year veteran of The Handel Week Festival of Oak Park (IL) she has performed several solo cantatas, Judas Maccabaeus, Esther, Fulvia in Ezio, and Galatea in Acis and Galatea.

Ms. Gartshore is also heard performing with guitarists Sergio and Odair Assad on Merry a Holiday Journey, a recently released CD of selections for Christmas by violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and friends.