American soprano Sara Jakubiak makes her Royal Opera debut in the 2019/20 Season as Chrysothemis (Elektra).
Jakubiak studied literature and music at Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, and went on to further vocal studies at Yale University and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Her early opera appearances included creating Cathy in the first fully staged performance of Bernard Hermann’s Wuthering Heights for Minnesota Opera. She was a member of Frankfurt Opera 2014–18, singing roles including Marta (Die Passagierin), Ellen Orford (Peter Grimes), Marie/Marietta (Die tote Stadt), Paulina (The Gambler), Ariadne (Ariadne aux Naxos), Lina (Stiffelio), Alice Ford (Falstaff), Freia (Das Rheingold), Tatyana (Eugene Onegin), and Goose Girl (Königskinder). Her other appearances include Marie/Marietta for Komische Oper Berlin and Hamburg State Opera, Eva (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg) for Bavarian State Opera, Heliane (Das Wunder der Heliane) for Deutsche Oper Berlin, Strauss’s Daphne for Hamburg State Opera, Agathe (Der Freischütz) for Semperoper Dresden, Paulina for Dutch National Opera, Marie (Wozzeck) for English National Opera and Elsa (Lohengrin) for Opera Graz.
Jakubiak’s concert appearances include Janácek’s Glagolitic Mass with the Hallé Orchestra and on recording with the Bergen Philharmonic, Erwartung with the Bergen Philharmonic (also recording), Mahler’s Symphony no.8 with the Voralberg Symphony Orchestra, the US premiere of Martinu’s Julietta at Carnegie Hall in concert and Strauss’s Vier letzte Lieder with the Symphony Orchestra of Opera Vlaanderen.