Thursday, 14 March 2013


Mikayla Sager, Soprano

Praised for her mature artistry and colorful Lyric-Coloratura voice, Canadian Soprano Mikayla Sager has established herself as a young singer to follow. Originally from Vancouver, British Columbia, Ms. Sager has a list of accomplishments that far surpass that of a 21 year old.
This spring, Ms. Sager will be heard in recital at Carnegie hall with Charles Eliasch, Bairtone, as well as “Guadalena” in Offenbach’s La Perichole in Périgueux, France with FAVA Opera.
Ms. Sager was recently heard in recital with Purchase Dance Theatre, singing excerpts from Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor. This past December, she was also heard in recital in Vancouver at the Kay Meek Centre, with Opera Exposures in New York for National Opera week, as well as several recitals at the Manhattan School of Music. This past summer, Sager was seen as the “Novize” in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, as “Norina” in excerpts of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, and featured in several concerts across Italy with the Montefeltro Festival. In North America, she has performed in various opera excerpts as “Adina” from Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore, “Susanna” from Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, “Pamina” from Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, “Rosina” from Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and “Zerlina” from Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Ms. Sager has sung under the baton of Alan Gilbert with the New York Philharmonic in William Walton’s Henry the Fifth, as well as in Master classes with esteemed teachers such as Danielle Orlando, Rita Shane, Enza Ferrari, John Darrenkamp, Claude Corbeil, Maria Russo, Donata D’Anunzio Lombardi, Ubaldo Fabbri, Nancy Hermiston, and Judith Forst.
Ms. Sager studied and performed in plays with the Lyric School of Acting in Vancouver, BC, and was seen as “Alice” in Patrick Marber’s Closer, and “Lydia” in Theresa Rebeck’s Spike Heels. She is the recipient of the Christina Lawson Scholarship for Music and Drama, the Stan Jean Foundation Scholarship, and the Dogwood District Scholarship for the Arts.
Currently, Ms. Sager is pursuing her undergraduate degree at the Manhattan School of Music.

Recognized by audiences for her theatrical flair and sparkling performance, soprano Sofia Dimitrovacurrently makes her home in New York City where she enjoys a busy career exploring and performing a wide range of music – from rarely performed Baroque gems to today’s living composers.
Her opera roles include performances in both fully- and semi-staged works. In May 2012, Ms. Dimitrova will sing Fiordiligi in Cosi fan Tutte. She has sung the role of Venus in Venus & Adonis by John Blow, the title role in Dido & Æneas; the characters of Sospecha and Calliope in a production of La Purpúra de la Rosa under the direction of Andrew Lawrence-King at the Amherst Early Music Festival; and the role of Damon in Handel’s Acis & Galatea. She has also performed featured roles in productions of Caccini’s La Liberazione di Ruggiero (Nunzia), Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea (Drusilla and Damigella), Il Pastor Fido (Mirtillo) and Triomphi with the New York Continuo Collective as well as the role of Sappho in Prismatic Production’s show Love Stories.
Ms. Dimitrova was selected to perform at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall (under the direction of Ton Koopman) as part of the Carnegie Hall Professional Workshop.  She was also a participant in the 2010 Caramoor Bel Canto academy under the baton of Maestro Crutchfield. Her oratorio repertoire includes solos in Handel’s Messiah with the Monmouth Civic Chorus, Graun’s Der Tod Jesu, and Saint-Saëns’Christmas Oratorio, Brahms’s Requiem among others.  She was also a soloist in Vivaldi’s Gloria in a concert performed in Siena, Italy.

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