Sara Couden (contralto, mezzo-soprano) has sung with musical organizations around the greater Bay Area, including Berkeley/West Edge Opera (The Voice of Antonia's Mother, Tales of Hoffman; Dryad, Ariadne auf Naxos), Livermore Valley Opera (Mamma Lucia, Cavalleria rusticana), Oakland Opera (Narcissus/Rumsfeld, Agrippina 2000), Lamplighters Theater (Ruth, Pirates of Penzance), Townsend Opera Players (Katisha, The Mikado), Martinez Opera (Belle Voci concert; Berta, Barbiere di Siviglia), North Bay Opera (Gala concert), Danville Role Players Ensemble (Katisha), San Francisco Bach Choir (Bach, Magnificat, and Vivaldi, Gloria), Monterey Symphony (Messiah) and San Jose Symphonic Choir (second alto soloist, Matthaus Passion). She has been an active performer of new music, playing the role of The Singer in Nicholas Pavkovic's Sredni Vashtar, and Hera in Elliott Encarnacion's Troilus and Achilles.
She graduated with a Masters in Music from the San Francisco Conservatory in June 2011, at which institution she played roles such as the Sorceress (Dido and Aeneas), Bradamante (Alcina), Cornelia (Giulio Cesare), the Principessa (Suor Angelica), and Baba (The Medium). She will begin her studies toward an Artist Diploma in Early Music at Yale this Fall (2012).
Sara is a member of Dolora Zajick’s Institute for Young Dramatic Voices, and will be studying at the Music Academy of the West this Summer (2012), playing the role of Mother Goose in The Rake's Progress.
Sara is a dedicated singer and actress, one who is always attempting to bring the demands of singing and acting, emotion and technique, and interpretation and intuition into the moment of performance. Other interests include reading, writing, watching her friends perform, finding odd things on the internet, and attempting to learn how to cook. She studies with Cesar Ulloa.